march 27th, 2014
Went for the first run in a long time on Tuesday. Got to thinking about past races and race paces. Here is some sweet tabular data:
|2006||James Joyce Ramble (10k)||57:14||9:12||link|
|2009||SF Marathon (2nd half)||2:31:35||11:34||link|
|2009||Healdsburg Wine Country Half Marathon||1:55:54||8:51||link|
|2011||Chicago marathon (full)||5:14:38||12:00||link|
|2013||Chicago marathon (full)||4:25:41||10:08||link|
The James Joyce Ramble features actors in period costume reading passages from Joyce along the route. The outlier zippity zip pace for the Healdsburg is because I ran it with my friend Dan VanderKam, who was an excellent male pacesetter. Both marathons were run mostly untrained, although I was at a fitness level where I could knock out 12 miles without much trouble.
I can imagine a future marathon time below 4 hours, but probably not much faster. Haven't had a regular running buddy since moving away from San Francisco. Running buddies greatly improve my pace. I get so excited! with someone to talk to! and I run faster!