The Jungle run half marathon and 10k
It was a gorgeous October morning in Los Gatos.
Mary ran the 10k.
I ran the half marathon.
Both races started at the same place and time: next to the Los Gatos
High School track at 8am. After navigating the speed bumps in the LGHS
parking lot, the course curved up a rather steep hill. On the rolling terrain
of the first mile, I tried to keep my pace down. As I reached the first
mile marker, I saw that I had gone out a minute faster than my intended pace
(8:15 miles) $@##&% !!!
The next couple of miles included some sweeping downhill curves. Again,
I tried to keep my speed in check, but alas, I was still running too fast.
The 10k runners split off near the mile 3 marker. The half marathoners continued
on to loop into Vasona. By mile 5 I had gotten my pace under control and
was feeling pretty comfortable. I stopped for a pit stop and fuel in the
park and let myself drop to a race walk on a couple of the steep uphill sections.
By mile 9 I was feeling a little sore but still strong so I started to bear
down and pass people. The last 2 miles were very satisfying as I wove in
and out between exhausted runners and leaned into my ankles for more power.
My goal for this race was to break 2 hours. Based on my most recent
10k time, Jack Daniels' Running Formula predicted 1:47. In my wildest
dreams I imagined that I might run near 1:50.
My finish was at 1:47:47.
|Bob's estimated VDOT
|Jungle Run 1/2 marathon
What does VDOT mean? Beats me.
I can tell you that I still have a way to go to get to
the podium. For example: the Daniels VDOT table goes up to VDOT = 85.
An 85 is someone who runs a marathon in 2:01 or a 10k in 26:19. Yikes!
Examples of people I know:
Bryant's 2001 SV Marathon time of 3:07 means a VDOT of 51.
Charlie's (gym acquaintance) 2003 Phoenix half marathon time of 1:27
puts his VDOT at 53.
Here's the HR graph for the race:
After some cool down and fruit scarfing, I walked up to the Los Gatos
main drag and ate a chocolate croissant with Mary (who was waiting there
after her 10k). BTW: Mary kicked some serious butt in the 10k with a 1:04:04
time, putting her 220 out of 398 overall and 20 out of 57 in her age division.
I finished 31 of 115 in my division and 141 of 700 overall. Check the
results for anyone you know - Angie
Here are my split times:
Here is how I did against the entire field: