When I run, truly run, I am certain of that. It is all there. My body does what it does best. The mind like a kaleidoscope constantly rearranges the things it has stored into new and exciting patterns. And my soul utterly loses itself in the present.
-Dr. George SheehanRace Weight 234 lbs
Weather: freezing and blowing snow
|Pre-Race||Scout out the start-finish area||discovered no start-line chip reader carpet!|| |
realize I need to line up with the awesome runners if I don't want to run an extra 40 meters
|Warm-up||increasing intensity drills||completed||felt pumped up|
|Can I see my wife?||See my wife||awesome!||felt pumped up|
|Start Line-up||off to the side but less than a meter or two from the start||done - with looks from the other young heathly runners||felt pumped up|
|Start!||don't go too fast out of the gate!||blew it! Ran the track and out the gates and down the road (about 300 m) in 4:30 min/k (7:12 min/m)||Garmin kept waking up the neighbors - "slow down"|
|1K||5:53||5:45||slowed down so much to match up my pace to desired that I got suprised on the K-rollover|
|2K||5:53||5:57||started the split running 6:12 ... had to pick up the pace un-pacefully|
|3K||5:53||5:59||aggregated average pace 5:54 at this split ... feeling pumped for the pilon turnaround|
|3K-Pilon||quick turn||holy s**t did I ever slow down||those 180 degree pilon switch backs are crazy ... I don't feel I can tell RDs what to do, but "RD do you know why there are no stop signs on a highway?"|
|Mid-3.5k||keep the pace||gusting wind and blowing snow in the face||pace drops to 6:08 ... watch starts telling me to "speed up" now|
|4k||5:50||6:06||don't seem to get down on myself, even though my thighs and ankles are burning... I pick two runners in front of me and decide to pass them|
|4.5k||5:50||6:02||still running into this wind and snow, but I'm getting pumped because I need to start booting it!|
|4.7k||setup for sprint||high-knee, longer stride, forward lean||soft track is a joy to run on ... my confidence is spilling out ... I know I can do this ... the finish-line announcer is announcing names and times of runners finishing ... holy s**t I'm pummped|
|Final||29:04||29:48||New 5K PR, beating Dec-11 PR by 1 minute!|
|Post Race analysis||Ask about a shotgon start. Avoid these races in the future until I can develop into a faster runner. Keep yourself up during the bad conditions. Run only this split or to the next milestone, you'll have time later to run other parts of the race when you get there. Do your best now. |
Someone helped me during the sprint. There is no way I had the power to run the last 45 seconds at under a 4:00 min/km (6:24 min/mi) pace. My face and glasses were covered in snow. I know I ran it, I can remember the looks of people when I passed them. But I don't remember how I felt. I want to stretch my abilities out in this area. I really want to develop a better finishing kick. This was an awesome feeling. I couldn't setup the sprint sooner because the entry roadway into the stadium was a climb of about 30 stairs from the street below ... I rushed my legs adjusting them quickly right after the path levelled on the track surface.
I missed my goal by 44 seconds. I probably missed it because I ran on ego at the start, instead of managing my energy better, and then I had this rollercoaster of run faster/slower for the next 4K.
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