Day 33: Race results and a simple rookie mistake

By Skip

Got up early this morning and headed to Deerfield Beach to the Freedom 5K 2010 race.  It took me a little longer to arrive than I had expected.  I got there about 20 minutes later than I wanted to.  I had a lot to do!  Get my race packet, stretch, Twitter, etc 🙂  

I picked up my registration packet and as I was walking back to the car to drop off all the extra stuff they give you, I tripped over the power cord for their music and unplugged everything.  Whoops!  I was thinking that this was not a good sign.  Then again, why would they stretch a cord across the grass when the sun was not even up yet?  

My foot was feeling good.  As you know, I was a little worried about foot pain.  I did NOT go out and get a new pair of shoes yesterday as I wanted to run with what I was used to.  I started stretching but really didn’t have much time until the start…. maybe only 20 minutes or so.  I found a nice quiet place and worked through my morning creaks and cracks until I felt limber enough to head to the starting line.  When I got there, a ton of people had already started to line up.  There was about 350 of us there today.  

Not wanting to be rude (mistake number 1) I got into the pack in the order I had arrived which was the back 3/4 of the group.  In hindsight I should have just made my way to the front, after all, I knew I would be coming in within the top group anyway.  I saw a few familiar faces in the front line and I knew it was going to be a tough one today.  

The race started and it took me a good 10-15 seconds to get to the actual starting line point.  They did not have a timing chip pad on the starting line so I knew that my time started when they said “go” not when I got to the REAL starting line.  I quickly zig-zagged through the people that were running slower and finally gained some ground.  I am sure people were looking at me as I passed them by thinking “who does this guy think he is?  He will never be able to hold that pace.”  Well you know what?  I WAS able to hold that pace.  I think my average pace was around 6’40”.  That is what training is for.  Knowing your pace and sticking to it.  I wanted to hold between a 6’30” and 6’45” pace. 

Keeping that pace was not easy, mind you.  From about a quarter mile into the race I was already starting to feel it.  I knew that it would be a struggle to get through the entire 3.1 miles.  Going that fast is interesting.  You pass a lot of people along the way.  Then again, there is always that person in front of you that you try to catch…. which is where I found myself at the end of the race.  I was able to kick it in enough at the finish line to make a difference but I was 5 seconds off from making masters!  Those seconds were totally lost from a bad starting position! 

I ended up finishing in 20:50.  My new personal best for a race.  Came in 1st in my age group and 20th overall.  There were some serious runners there today!    The top three males finished in the 17 minute range and they were 47, 48 and 49 years old.  Heck, there was an 80 year old that ran it in 24 minutes! 

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The lesson learned today?  Get to the race with at least an hour to spare.  Don’t be afraid to get to the front of the group if you are indeed a front runner.  

Anybody who is actually doing training with me, this is what was on my calendar for today.  I actually had all intentions to go out later in the day and get this run in, in addition to my race:  

  • WU: Run 10 minutes @ moderate aerobic intensity
  • MS: Run 15 minutes @ moderate aerobic intensity
  • CD: Run 10 minutes @ moderate aerobic intensity

To keep it short, I did NOT get back out in the afternoon as planned.  I actually went out and bought myself a new pair of running shoes (which I will talk about more in a later blog post) and really wanted to give them a shot but it was just too darn hot out today.  By the time the evening had rolled around when it was cooler, I was too tired.

Filed in: 5K, Race, Running, Sprint Training, Triathlon • Saturday, June 26th, 2010

Comments

By Jill DuPont on June 28th, 2010 at 4:57 pm

Skip- thanks for your blogs! I have decided now to seriously train for a full marathon next year, as one of my “Top 40 things to do the year I turn 40”- it is the Mad City one on Memorial weekend next year- so plenty of time for training. I appreciate your blogs, and will be getting mine up and running. Great job, man!!


Thanks Jill! The whole reason I started this website was to keep MYSELF motivated. I figured if I documented my training it would not only give me a basis to refer to but would also help others help ME. It has some additional benefits, such as being able to share some of my research. The biggest benefit is knowing that it IS helping others out there and motivating them. You are not the only one. I have people at work that have started to make changes in their lives do to what they see me doing. Set a goal and stick to it, no matter what!

 

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