Sunday, July 15, 2012
Monday, June 25, 2012
our greatness lies not so much in being able to remake the world
but in being able to remake ourselves.
Kieran Day won the race with a time of 27:50. I was a close 697th with a time of 51:35 (1727 finishers). Kieran had ate, finished 4 interviews, showered, and received his award by the time I finished. This is his third year in a row as winner. Now that is a guy who knows how to run in a dress!
No alcohol for this race - no alcohol for 1 week before this race. Of course I drank alcohol right after! Hydration and electrolytes were well managed, I ate small meals and added a little extra carbohydrates for the last few. I was well rested. I trained well, and kept a good attitude for the race. But it was still tough!
I felt much better for the first 35 minutes of this run. I kept to a good 10:18 minutes/mile pace, setting myself up for (I thought) negative splits at the end, and then at a the 40 minute mark about 3 3/4 miles into the 5 miles I started to fade. I felt like I was cooking on a grill. At the 40 minute mark my heart rate was 160 BPM (92% of Maximal HR). I was breathing easy, smiling at the pipers, the harp, and flute players. I started to slow down, more to give my heart a break than because I felt my muscles were tired. I was doing good, but my body was fighting the heat. Definitely all the extra weight I was carrying.
One high-light was that for the last 400 yards I managed a sprint that brought my split pace down to 7:50 minutes per mile. For others that's not a sprint that's a pace, but for me it was a sprint. At one point near the finish line I had accelerated to 5:18 minutes/mile. (My finishing HR was 174 - 100% maximal HR.)
In brief, I improved in every area in this race, even if only slightly. A minute and 17 seconds improvement should count for something. I didn't keep to my running strategy entirely and this will be addressed later.
10:34 min/mi (6:34 min/km)
10:20 min/mi (6:25 min/km)
6:35 min/mi (4:05 min/km)
5:18 min/mi (3:18 min/km)
Here's the start, I'm the blue-shirted guy in the middle of the road from 0:46 to 0:51 - slow and lumbering 11:15 pace out from the start. (It took almost 5 minutes to get all the runners out of the gate!)