Tuesday, March 16, 2010
Race Report: St. Patty's Day 5 Mile
*written race eve*
I've been toying around with a time goal for the last week and haven't been able to land on a number. Having never done a 5 mile race, I didn't really know where to start. Based on my genius logic my golas are as follows:
Goal A+: Sub 40 min. 8 minute mile pace would be super sweet. I don't know how likely this is as my 5k PR pace is 7:45 and that was after a round of speed training. I really couldn't tell you what marathon training has done to my speed. I guess we'll find out, huh?
Goal A: 40:25. This would be a pace of 8:05 which I think is doable if I bust my booty.
Goal B: Sub 41 min. Pace of 8:12.
It's interesting that I landed on these times after thinking about them all week. At one point I was certain I was shooting for Sub 40. The next I was going to shoot for my pace from last year's 5k (8:20). Then it struck me how much my running has changed in one year. One year ago my new PR was an 8:20 pace, and this year I'm trying to run a mile and a half at a faster pace. Crazy. :)
[Editted to add: When I got to work on Monday, I noticed 2 times on a sticky note based on the McMillan Calculator and using my most recent 5k PR and HM PR. I had 39:50 (7:58 pace) and 40:34 (8:10 pace).
I could not sleep the night before the race. Holy buckets. I kept having nightmares about my upcoming marathon (yes nightmares 2 full months out, I'm in for a lot of sleepless nights, I'm afraid). Showing up late for the race, missing the race, all the dreams sucked and kept me tossing and turning all night.
When I finally got up and checked the weather I was a little bummed, 35* 10 mph winds, wind chill in the mid 20s. Not as warm as previous planned. Oh well. I got to the race site early, per usual to get a little job and stretch-a-roo in.
As the race was getting closer to starting, the runners started crowding into the streets, where we typically start the race. Until a cop came yelling and screaming at us that the road was not closed for the event. Yes, that meant all of us runners were starting the race on a bike trail that would accommodate three runners running abreast. I’ve never heard runners grumble and complain so much about a race being disorganized. :s
At the start I tried to get out fast so that I could settle into my groove asap. The race started on a slight downhill, so it worked out pretty perfectly. Contrary to the race elevation map, the route was actually hillier than I thought. Defnitely one of the hilliest parts of the bike trail in town. Within the first ½ mile we were charging up a monster hill. My pace for most of the first mile was in the 7:30’s-7:45’s so I imagine that hill slowed me down quite a bit.
Mile 1: 8:01
Mile 2: 8:13
I could tell my pace was slipping in the third mile because a few people had passed me. When a girl roughly my age passed me, I felt my competitive edge kick in and vowed to keep her in my sights and beat her in the end. At the turn around, I noticed my time was 19:xx. Uh…what?? I definitely wasn’t on pace to get a sub-40, yet here it was. Oh wait. 2.38 miles. Yup, that might have something to do with it.
I totally had an extra burst of energy here knowing that I only had 2.38 miles to go instead of 2.5. Lame, I know. Plus I always do my best work in the last half of races. I’m never one to go out too fast, and like to save a lot in the tank for my kick at the end.
Mile 3: 8:21
Of course mile 3 and 4 were again dealing with the horribly muddy/flooded/ice conditions, so we’ll blame a little bit of my slower time on that, right? :)
Mile 4: 8:11
Mile 5: 6:03 (actually .76 miles for a pace of 7:57) Max pace: 6:27.
Final time: 38:51 (8:10 pace based on 4.76 miles, 7:47 pace for the full 5 miles)
• In marathon training, hence not a lot of straight speed work
• Horrible conditions on the trail
I still think it’s interesting to compare last year with this year. Last year I ran the 5k as my big comeback race with an 8:20 pace. I was ecstatic and had broken my 5k PR that had stood for at least 2 years. This year, I was able to knock out 5* at a 10 second per mile faster pace. Heck ya! Also, based on the McMillan calculator for my HM time, I was at the exact pace expected.
And I managed to put a check mark next to a New Year’s Resolution: run a new race distance.
Special shout out to my big bro who completed his first sprint triathlon this Sunday and is signing up for #2 for 6 weeks from now. Sounds like someone else has gotten bit by the racing bug. :)
Official time: 38:51 (pace 7:47)
Age group (20-29): 10 out of 50
Gender: 24 out of 123
Overall: 78 out of 210