Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Door County

I made a decision today. Nothing momentous or earth changing, but it is a running decision. I decided that I am going to run a half marathon this weekend. It is the Door County Half Marathon in Door County, WI. If you look at Wisconsin like as if it were a hand, Door County is the thumb. The peninsula jetting out into Lake Michigan. Door County is a wonderful place and many people call it the Cape Cod of the Midwest. I don't know what Cape Cod is like but is must be like Door County. Lots of little towns with lots of shops and lots of parks. This race will take place entirely in Peninsula State Park. I love this park and really love camping there. It will be a hilly race as there are many bluffs etc. Probably an elevation change of 250 feet of so but you go up and down it a couple times in the race. I don't really plan on racing it all out and I am not tapering for it at all, but on race day, most likely the competitive person inside me will let loose and I will try to get the best time I can. Most likely it will be around 1:43 to 1:45ish. That is a good 8:00 pace or slightly faster. Not sure what the hills will do to me.

Last night I ran 5 miles easy at 8:21 pace and then quickly cleaned up because Mike and I went to the Milwaukee Brewers game. We got there in the top of the 2nd and had really good seat. 1st row of the second deck in shallow right field. The game was good and tied going into the bottom of the 8th but the Brew Crew came out and scored 5 in the bottom of the 8th to pull ahead for good and won 10 to 5. I think I ate too many peanuts and I actually drank not one, but 2 beers. Mike was quite shocked. We had to walk back to the car in a light rain but since we parked so far away, we got a bit wet. I am quite frugal when it comes to things, so we parked on the street for free about 1 mile away and walked it instead of paying $12 to park 1/2 mile away in the parking lots.

Today I ate too much at lunch so I need to burn some of it off so I think I will do a slow easy 5 1/2 miles. It is beautiful outside today, a but cool at 50F but sunny. Art is up from Texas so I think i will bug him to see if you will hit a few miles with me.

1 comment:

Mark said...

sounds like a cool race. Good luck! You are really on track to set a great time in the marathon. Sounds li9ke a great game. I remember when Robin Yount played ball. Did you ever see him?