Saturday, March 12, 2011

Prediction Run

I found a link yesterday to a race that's held near me every month.  It's called a prediction race.  The idea is the entry fee is all put into a pool, and the winner gets half and half goes to charity.

How do they judge the winner?

You tell them how fast you will run/walk the distance (it's 3K).  Then the difference between your real time and your stated time is your SCORE.  The lowest score wins.

Sounds easy, so what's the catch?

There's no watches, clocks, or timing devices allowed on the course.  You've got to be right on!  Plus no traffic cops and lots of lights.

Here's a link to it.  There's no official timer apparently, and you have to tell the time keeper your time after you finish!

No timer means no HR and stats ... that's the best part of running! :)  I don't think I'll be doing this one too soon. As I haven't been training to run a certain pace without my watch, plus I like to speed up and slow down as the body says it can.  But I bet Chris K would be awesome in one of these races.

On the books today is an 8-miler in the 11:35-12:24 pace range.  I hope you all have a good weekend!

19 comments:

Chris K said...

You know it Brother. I am like a finely tuned swiss watch. I can tell how fast I am going down to the nano second. I hope YOU have a good weekend Grasshopper.

Tri-James said...

We do a month of those in the summer - they are 2 mile predicted runs.

I never win.

Suza said...

I remember coming across this!!! I did consider it because it sounds like a lot of fun haha! I have a pretty consistent time of racing 5k - 33mins - but 3k is a weird distance!

Karen R said...

That sounds fun! I think I would be lost without my Garmin, though :)

trailturtle said...

The last indoor mile of one of the Running clubs about an hour from me is done that way--no watches, etc. The person coming closest (lowest score) wins. Enjoy your 9 miler. The 5k will seem like nothing after that!

Michael said...

That sounds really cool actually. My pace is so slow it's usually pretty easy to predict!

Jim ... 50after40 said...

That race is GREAT idea - I'll have to try it around here.

Alison said...

A friend of mine recently did a mile race and was pace to the second by a guy running without shoes and without a watch! Those people are amazing! I think I would suck at this though. Sometimes I think I'm running really fast, and the time doesn't reflect that, or vice versa. Like you, I just try to go on what feels right for the day

termite said...

hey, why not? i like the idea of mixing things up. keeps it interesting. :)

Johann said...

I love these and have actually one our club's runs like this a few times. I never look at my watch during a run anyway so I'm used to pacing as my body feels. Great fun!

Melissa said...

That seems really hard to do but very interesting as well.

Irene said...

Once again, I'm trying to get back into the the blogging loop, I promise not to be such a slacker. Looks like you've been extra busy!

Cool run concept!

Raegun said...

That sounds like a lot of fun. I would be playing mind-games as I tried to cast the right prediction.

Doug said...

I ran a prediction race once. I think it was in 1987 or 1988. It was fun because it didn't matter how fast you ran. I was off by over a minute and wasn't even close to winning. It was definitely fun, though.

Staci said...

Sounds like alot of fun. I think we do rely too much on our Garmins. I'm learning to run according to how I feel and then checking the Garmin. 3kms is a good distance to try this out - out of the comfort zone.

Jeri said...

this would be so cool to do, but I think I would be in TROUBLE. I rely on my watch SO MUCH. And good news, your blog didn't destoy my computer today. yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay. :)

The Green Girl said...

That is so interesting! I love that twist!

Chris K said...

It's been 6 days. New post please.

Adam said...

That sounds like a GREAT idea. I'd be in on that a lot I'd think. Even if only to practice pacing. I always have a hard time. I go out WAYY too fast on longer races and go out too slow in shorter races