So we turn to the same method used to compare races between folks of different ages or genders: age grading. There are different scales and calculators and such; I use this one, although it bugs me that it doesn't work for ultras (not that it would matter for me, yet; my ultra times have all been unimpressive). I decided to take all my results from 4 1/2 years of racing and run the numbers to determine just what my best races ever have been:
|Get Ready to Rock 20M||White Bear Lake, MN||9/8/12||2:22:09||79.6|
|Run the Line HM||Texarkana, TX||2/20/11||1:29:51||79.4|
|Too Hot to Handle 15K||Dallas, TX||7/15/12||1:02:51||79.2|
|Texas Half||Dallas, TX||1/29/11||1:30:06||79.2|
|Dash Down Greenville 5K||Dallas, TX||3/12/11||19:23||78.9|
|Too Cold to Hold 15K||Dallas, TX||1/23/11||1:02:57||78.7|
|Boo Run HM||Cleburne, TX||10/30/10||1:30:42||78.7|
|Tour des Fleurs 20K||Dallas, TX||9/15/12||1:27:08||78.0|
|Plano Balloon Festival HM||Plano, TX||9/23/12||1:32:16||78.0|
|Rock 'n' Roll Dallas HM||Dallas, TX||3/27/11||1:31:42||77.8|
As you see, the 10K and marathon distances are not represented in my top 10. For the former, it's a matter of sample size. I've only run one 10K since January 2010 and it was on a hard course (thus yielding a soft PR that I should crush at my next 2 10Ks in November).
For the latter, well, I don't have an excuse, but I have hope. The 3 Texas races from 2012 on this list were all warm. The top race was cool. If I stay in good shape and run Houston at that level in January, I'll be going back to Boston in 2014.