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: April 27, 2013
Photo by Sue Morris
Today was the 25th Annual Joseph's 5K and this is the second year that I have run this race. The conditions were a LOT better than last year with bright sunshine, temps in the high 40's with a light breeze out of the north.
Instead of 20-30 mph winds and temps down in the low teens. The conditions were pretty close to perfect.
This was the first of my 3 goal races for the year and while I have split my training focus between my half marathon in June and today's 5K, my training has been going quite well.
I felt pretty confident that it would be a good race and wasn't disappointed. I had thought that I would go out faster than usual today, but when I look at the GPS reading it was about the same as my last race, so gotta push harder next time.
For about 50 yards of the first half mile of the race I was actually in 2nd place. The winner was flying and all I saw was the shrinking of his back as he quickly pulled away (he finished about 3 minutes ahead of me, he is 47 and when he turns 50 is going to dominant that age group for a while), then the eventual 2nd place finisher pulled away and finished almost a minute ahead of me.
Through most of the first 2 miles of the race I was in 3rd place running, but it definitely felt like I was working pretty hard to maintain that pace, I just couldn't get to cruising at that pace.
Then just before the 2nd mile Troy S (someone I worked with at Good-Will Hinckley) passed me.
It seems that I have a stretch every race where I loose my focus and I slow WAAAAAYYYY down, it is something that I have to work on.
I finished in 4th place overall, 9 seconds back of 3rd, while I was happy with that finish, I do wish that I displayed a little more mental toughness and held off Troy, but he ran harder and better than I did today and earned 3rd.
My time today was 21:20 which is a post-55 personal record by 4 seconds, beating my time at the Runner's World Festival 5K and a course record by 2:05. I was happy with the improvement over last year and it shows that some of my hard work is working.
I am wondering if this is about as fast as I will be able to run on my present training program, because I sure didn't have that 5th gear to cruise at during the race. Instead I felt like I was stuck in 4th and working harder than I should have been, to achieve the pace I was going and needed to downshift for a little while, then shifted back into 4th to the end of the race, but there just wasn't a 5th gear or the ability to downshift that last quarter of a mile.
Photo by David Colby Young
Either I need to change my training for the 5K (which is probably a good guess) or aging is taking some of the speed out of my legs, which unfortunately is part of the answer. I know that I have to work a lot harder to maintain my pace.
I did wear the Altra 3-Sums without socks today and was really happy with how they did. I forgot they were there, which is what you want from a pair of shoes during a race. So they did exactly what they were supposed to do - let me run without worrying about how my shoes were feeling.
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