I have a half marathon coming up, and I was going into this weekends 5k race feeling a bit over confident in my athletic ability. This race wasn't a confidence booster at all. I felt like I ran a smart race, it just wasn't as fast as I had hoped it would be.
Saturday's event was being held out at the Silver Bowl Park which is located behind Sam Boyd Stadium. The theme of the event was a Poker Run, and during the 5k you pick up two playing cards , and at the end of the race you receive your third card. Then after the race, there would be a Texas Hold em game with a flop, turn, and river card...The players with the best hands get their pick of the prizes. The money raised goes towards track club scholarships.
I am very familiar with this 5k course. I ran this event in 2014, and I have also raced several other 5k's on this same course as well.
The last time I was out at Silver bowl park was last June. It was the beginning of the summer, I wasn't in the best racing shape. I was a few pounds heavier, not running as much mileage, and trying to regain some fitness that I had lost earlier in the year. I ran a 22:31 that day, and it was a meh race for me. I took off too fast, crashed and burned at the end. My splits ended up being: 6:47, 7:24, and 7:15
Morning of the Race
Last Saturday I left my house at 7:15am to get to Silver Bowl Park by 7:30. The main entrance gate by Sam Boyd Stadium was closed, but I found another way to get to the park. I also had to flag down another car, It was my runner friend Sergio and he looked like he was getting lost trying to find the park as well.
I got to the park at about 7:40am, and that gave me just enough time to pay for the race, do a short .7 mile warm up run, use the port-a-john, change my shoes, and strip off my gear. I had hoped to do some form drills and some strides... But, I shouldn't have been dicking around with all of my gear for so long.
I lined up close to the front. I guess the cold doesn't bug me so much for short races. I had stripped down to my skivvies while everyone else was in long sleeves and longer shorts.
|Polar bear run club anyone?|
I'm in the blue shirt.
At least I'm not the only heel striker.
|I wish I weren't so barrel chested.|
My buddy James A. was also running, and I so didn't want to get out kicked (again). He often races with his son, so on those occasions he will pace him. During the first mile I heard him say "Don't worry we will get her at the end".... C'mon man... I laughed and groaned when I heard that. I said. "I'm trying to hold back" FWIW, we joke and kid around. The competition is friendly and always welcome. We push each other.
We went around the first loop and I collected my first card.
Mile 3- 6:52
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Mile 1: 7:07
I felt pretty relaxed at this point.
I really like this course because there isn't any 90 degree turns. It's one loop around a baseball field and then a nice long stretch of road before the turn around point. On the way out there is a slight incline, but that means you have a wonderful slight decline on the way back in.
I tried to hold back so I could let loose on the way back in.
Mile 2: 7:22
After the first mile the runners had become pretty spread out. During the 2nd mile I was able to catch one runner ahead of me.
Once I hit the turnaround point I threw it into another gear, and tried to just run all out, but still save something for the final kick down.
Mile 3- 6:52
I kept expecting to hear James come hauling by me. (he has an awesome kick) But, I think he was working hard on pacing with his son, and on this day I managed to finish ahead of him.
.18- 1:04 (6:38 pace)
Official Time: 22:31
That is exactly the same time I ran last year in hotter weather, being less conditioned, and a few pounds heavier....
I guess you can say that I ran a smarter race. But, I'm feeling conflicted for sure.... I know this wasn't a big time PR attempt, But the 21 minute bench mark was always a given for my previous 5k times (I realize how lame this sounds writing it out)
I ran a pretty decent 10k two weeks prior. Was it too soon to race again?
Maybe it was the 13 miler I ran on Tuesday?
Maybe it was because I didn't do a proper warm up?
Am I just getting older? (Say it ain't so)
I'm a little nervous about my upcoming half marathon on February 20th.. But, after that race I hope to back off on some of my mileage and start spending more time in the gym.
I'm not going to readjust my goals for my next half marathon (sub 1:35)I'm stubborn like that.
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