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Sunday, March 17, 2013

Rockland Lucky Leprechaun 5K Recap - 2013

After a lot of thought I have decided to move some of best of my old posts from Aging Runnah and A Runnah’s Story blogs, primarily the old reviews, maybe a few of the better posts and race reports that I have written over the years. I have a feeling that at some point, my WordPress.com blogs are simply going to go away and I want to still be able to go back and read some of the stuff I wrote.

If you are reading this blog post, that is why it is has been re-posted here.

Originally posted on: March 17, 2013

After the race

I was very psyched about running the Lucky Leprechaun 5K in Rockland, Maine this morning. It was going to be my first race running under the Team RWB colors and I wanted to represent them well and run a sub 22:00 minute 5K.

Someday I will remember to take off my hat to have photos taken. :-) For the first time that I can remember I slept great the night before a race! I didn't get that race anxiety thing going at all and which felt really great for a change.

This morning when I woke the thermometer said 10 degree F and yes that is cold for this time of year! It is about 20 degrees colder than average, which meant that my race this morning was going to be COLD.

Rockland is over an hour from the house, so I left at 7:30 to get there a little early and give me a chance to find the race site, since I haven't been there in years. It hasn't changed all that much from what I remember though, typical small town in Maine.

Google Maps worked like a charm and got me to right place no problems, when I got the the wind had picked up a lot and the temps were in the 20's so the wind chills or feels like were in the teens.

So it didn't warm up a whole lot. I had 4 different tech layers on and my heavy winter running pants, along with a hat/gloves - so I was dressed warm enough, but not overdressed.

I got to talk with a few people that I had met before, but for the most part I just kept to myself and vegged either inside or in the sun on the lee side of the building. I did my warm-up 1.44 mile run a little before the and then just quietly waited for the start.

The first mile was the average pace that I wanted to keep for the whole race, but I slowed down a lot. It wasn't because I was all that tired or anything. It was just me.

I have been training to run longer distances, which means that I have been working hard at maintaining a 7:30 pace as my faster pace - well when I got into cruising mode guess what pace I was maintaining - closer to a 7:30 pace.

Actually, I thought that I was going a lot faster, because only one runner passed me between miles 1 and 2 and I caught a couple, I thought I was a lot closer to 7:00 flat, so when I got to mile 2.0, I was more than a little disappointed at being so far over 14:00 minutes and it took the wind out of my sails. I did try to pick up my pace, but it really wasn't as much as I thought. Oh well that is just the way it goes sometimes.

But I did learn that I have to do more faster running outdoors, not just on the treadmill, there is a huge difference for me and get my pacing dialed in, it was just way too erratic.

Good start and good kick, but definitely need to even out the pacing.

A couple of funny things happened during the race though.

I was being paced by Peter S who had two toddlers in a baby runner and kept passing me and then one of the kids would drop a blanket and he would have to stop and pick it and I would pass him back. Once we got into the last quarter mile - he just blew my doors off! He was VERY impressive. We about getting together and run the Camden Hills after the weather breaks - really nice guy and he works over at Togus.

The just before the turn to come the last .30 mile before the finish, a guy in hiking boots, shorts and a t-shirt passed me and said "you're doing a great pace-keep it up". Now I might be old and slow, but when a guy in hiking boots passes me in the last part of a race, I get a little - well competitive. I was not going just let him go by without attempting to answer the call. He didn't pass me again. 

Unfortunately, I didn't get a picture of him. Still for him to be running just over 22:00 in hiking boots, is pretty damn impressive.

At the end I thought I had finished when I passed between the barrel and cone, so I slowed to a stop.

Unfortunately, that wasn't the finish and had to get going again because the actual finish was 30-40 yards in back of that point, so that messed me up a little bit, but I don't think that I would have broke 22:00 any way, because I was 21:58 where I stopped and turned off my Garmin.

I definitely felt as though I left a lot on the course and have to push the effort level a lot more in future 5K's.

While I was waiting around, I got to talk with a Coastie who is stationed in Rockland and swap some lies err stories, which was a lot of fun. He's from Bangor originally and seems like a great guy. He has great positive attitude and I think he will have a very good career, a bit jealous though, he is going to get transferred to Florida and on a day like today, that sounded like a great thing!

When they posted the results I finished 11 out of 119 or so runners/walkers (they stated they had over 140 people start the race) and I did get a real surprise. I finished 2nd in my age group. Which I didn't think I was going to even be close today, with the number of gray-haired guys that finished ahead of me.

I like that Middle Age Division category description, but I think it would be better if it was called the "Old Fart Division", but that isn't very politically correct ;-). Who knows, maybe we need to worry less about being PC and spend more laughing at ourselves and having fun with others.

The Altra Superiors did okay as racing shoes, but I have a feeling that I will leave them longer runs and trails, they didn't make me feel fast. This means a pair of The One's or 3-Sum are definitely being looked at, for when the budget allows it, but until then, I have a feeling that my Mizuno Ronin's will be used for shorter races - after all they are my magical shoes.

Although I didn't quite make my goal of a sub 22:00 race, I learned a lot about things that I need to work on and that I definitely need to run a more consistent pace if I want to improve that time.

Overall, the race was a great race and the organizers did a very good job of making the runners feel welcome put on a great race.

I was proud to represent Team RWB and believe that I did a good job of it, when people asked what Team RWB was I explained what it was about and that we are getting a chapter together up here in Maine. I do think that just being out there showing and hopefully helping to inspire other veterans and boomers that we can get up off the couch and that it is a good thing when we do.

However, I am not satisfied with my time and want to do better in the future - guess I am like most other runners in that respect, never satisfied.

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