HA nice cooldown race! It was moved from Saturday to Sunday because of the marathon. With all the cancelling of our major races (I will discuss this more on my 8 March report)and rescheduling them til too close to the 100k (WTF), I would like to go to Rezekne the first weekend in April for a fast half before I wreck my legspeed til late May in the 100k. Some "genius" on high moved the half in Zvezdny Gorodok to the 21st from the 7th of April which really sucks because I will have to sit it out. Running a 1:25 ish or so half 6 days before the 100k is suicide. 8-10 days out would be risky but I might pull it off but 6 is not enough time to recover 100%. We have 2 halves in May but they are all in early May and I'll have to sit them out too which sucks. I don't plan to race again til the New Balance race at the end of May. If I run the half 2 weeks after the 100k, I'll just make a fool of myself like I did last yr. Pre 100k -1:26 on snow in spots 13 days after 1:34 and should not have even raced-close to a PW and my granny could have beaten me on one leg! A month or so later 1:26 again so it was just a case of not being recovered. I really need 3-4 weeks. So that meant gettimg my ass up for the 2 mile on tired legs after the snowshoe. I can miss one race and still win the winter cup but missing 2 is risky. So, if I miss it will be the last race in the series on April 6. I was just planning to sandbag and run close to 14 min not for time but just for the win and the points. As luck would have it, the lady who won the 29 and under division in the indoor mile series showed up and stuck to me like glue in the first 1500 as I was sandbagging that close to 14 pace. So in the final k I had to pick it up to finish 30 sec ahead of her for the win-not fast though in the 13.30s. It was an I don't care race because I knew I wasn't going to be fast. My legs were tired from the snowshoe DOH! Mission accomplished though. I secured the win in the winter series and have the option to go to Rezekne for the half now. I'll open the summer series in May a week off the 100k....not fast of course but just get some points in the bank for the new season. Moscow International Half is the same day which unfortunately, I'll have to sit out as there is no effing way I'll be in any condition to do that 7 days off the 100.
running with Vanya again- I wasn't going to even bother outkicking him in the end this time-not on dead legs!