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First competitive run in the books

May 3, 2014 - Andy Heintz
Compared to last year's performance, my first competitive run this past weekend's Drake Relays was a success.

But I have high expectations for myself and I wasn't too happy after the run. I competed in the 10K again this year and finished in just under 58 minutes. I am sure most people would take a pace of 9:21 over the course of 6.2 miles but I really was hoping to get into the 56s.

My main issue -- and it's not an excuse -- was that I used an app on my phone that was miscalculating my pace. I think the overcast skies had something to with the satellites not cooperating like they should have. The app said I was on a better than 8:30 pace the entire race but also said my total distance for the 10K at race end was 7.1 miles.

There were three large hills. The first one wasn't bad, but I struggled with the final two. So, I have made it an emphasis to really train with either hills outside or an incline on the treadmill at the gym. My last two runs at the gym have been just what the doctor ordered. I have combined the hills very well over the course of 60 minutes and really feel like I am making progress toward having an even better performance at the Dam to Dam Half Marathon in less than a month.

The Dam to Dam is my favorite race. I have ran it and completed it twice and did not run last year. I am back at it this year and I am still up in the air on a goal finish. The first year I competed in the event I ran with an injured foot and was forced to walk some of it and crossed in 2 hours, 24 minutes. The next year, with a healthy foot, and an intense training regime I had an 8:26 pace over the course of the 12.4 miles. My finishing time was 1:44.45, which has been the only finish of my short competitive running career that I have truly been happy with.

The first 'must' before I run at the end of the month is to continue to shred the pounds. A few months ago, I weighed in at around 250 pounds and the scale read 223 a few days ago. I would like to get down under 220 before the race and continuing to monitor what I eat and drink will be key.

As I have heard several times from Marshalltown girls track and boys cross country coach Chad Pietig, it is time to "trust (my) training."


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