Adam (@ The Boring Runner) sent me a good question last night in an email: what's your strategy for the race? ( I've never been one to pass-up a chance for copying an idea for a blog post) so here's my thinking:
Background (data from RoadRaceResults):
- Last year this race in Guelph had 258 finishers, the median time was 27:13, the average time was 28:35. Overall First place was 16:23. My age/sex group (M40-49) was a little tougher: the median time was 23:14, while the average time was 23:18! The AG 1st place was 16:58!
- My best 5k in training was 32:27. This would place me in 209th position in last year's race just behind a 55-year-old woman.
- I run faster with high BPM music playing on my iPod.
- On the map the race is 5.2 k long - without tangents.
- Be afraid, be very afraid!
- Arm myself with music and earphones - but do not turn the music on at the start
- Let the herd clear the coral at the start and keep sight of the middle of the pack if possible
- At the 0.5-1.0k mark check the watch, turn music on once there is less congestion
- For the rest of the race, run and catch the runner directly in front of me
My time goal is to beat my training PR of 32:27 for 5k.
I'll post my race shirt pictures tomorrow. Please suggest at least one high BPM song for me and any comments on the Strategy?