When we woke up this morning, one of the first things Doreen said was “I have no idea why you put yourself through this!?” Oh boy, I thought. For the most part Doreen keeps her valid racing thoughts to herself. Every now and then she lets me know how she feels.
I kept wondering why I was doing this as I did my warmup mile in 8:34, and then rubbed elbows with fellow racers after getting in the starting line. I am an introvert. Being with so many people isn’t my cup of tea. Road racing is an individual sport. I think that makes it enjoyable for me.
My goal was to run 6:59 or faster pace. Over the first few hundred yards/meters my Garmin reported 7:40 or so pace. I started too far back in this crowded event. Eventually the runners thinned out. I was happy to see on my Garmin, and hear from the mile one volunteer, 7:03 as the time of the first mile.
The paragraph above, and other posts, shows my habit of throwing numbers, charts, and statistics around: minutes per mile, heart rate averages, elevations, etc. That is another answer to Doreen’s, “why?!?!?” question. Hey, I know my monthly January 2011 weight was 176 pounds. So far this month, it has been 162 pounds! Isn’t that good to know? 🙂
Mile two was down hill:After a mostly uphill mile one, mile two was a blast. It was the fun part of the 5K the race director wrote about in their brochure. A good analogy is the classic question, “What is so great about hitting your thumb with a hammer?” The answer: it feels wonderful when you stop. Mile two went by in 6:49. Those down hill, fast miles, especially after uphill, painful miles, is another reason I put myself through the stress and pain of racing.
One bad trend in my 2011 races has been “the fade.” Here are my year-to-date mile splits:
January: 7:21, 7:21, 7:25 (ok, that was pretty good)
February: 7:20, 8:03, 7:45 (slippery roads)
March: 6:57, 7:15, 7:40 (I went out too fast)
April: 7:09, 7:09, 7:27 (last mile up hill)
May: 6:50, 7:00, 7:08 (I thought this and …
June: 6:52, 6:56, 7:10 …this race was well run. Splits don’t agree)
This race had a 7:03 mile one, and then a 6:49 mile two. Mile three? … Stupid hill:Just as I reached the top of the hill, a spectator behind me yelled to a racer, “DEAD MAN WALKING….” I looked ahead to identify the sorry runner. The spectator then said to the runner right behind me, “…. ON TOP OF THE HILL!” Hey, he was talking about me! 🙂 I guess he was right. Disappointingly, but typically this year, the last mile was once again the slowest: 7:25.
Thanks to the “dead man” comment, and a nice down hill/flat end to the race, the final .14 Garmin reported miles went by in 58 seconds, a good strong finish – a 6:54 pace.
Below are the elevation, heart rate, and pace graphs.
Thanks for reading. My next race is Foxcroft Academy’s Alumni Weekend 5K on August 6.