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Sunday, April 13, 2014

One in Five 5K Recap - 4-13-14

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 13, 2014

One in Five 5K 4-13-14

Hey, I actually raced again!

The first time since the January Thaw 4.5 miler back - well yeah in January.

This was the first race that I can remember, that once I registered, I didn't get all freaked out about or have several sleepless night about doing. I thought about it once in a while, but I didn't just focus on it like I usually do. Hell, I even got some good sleep Friday night and only tossed and turned for after Bennie woke us up at around 1:00 AM to say loudly for about 3 minutes that there were deer in the yard - at least until I turned on the light and slammed the door. They left in a hurry.

After that I tossed and turned and turned and tossed the rest of the night - yeah I got to thinking about the race and couldn't shut it off. Finally, I went back to sleep around 4:00 AM and woke up around 5:00 AM and just laid there for a while, kind of drifting. I wasn't really tense or worked-up about the race after I woke up - good news!

Had a bagel w/peanut butter for breakfast (it didn't sit right).

I only thought about turning around once on the way there, but it was more of a passing thought, than an over-riding need to not go to the race, that I usually experience.

Progress is being made on my old enemy race day anxiety. I don't know if I have beaten it completely yet, but at least it doesn't control me like it did for such a long time and I got to enjoy my race today.

When I got my number and swag bag - bummer no t-shirt (I really liked the shirts this year too), I registered too late to get one. Memo to self register earlier next year and yes, I plan to run it again next year.

It was a raw morning, between 35-38F, with an 8-10 mph wind out of the north and a couple of minutes after I finished it started to rain. So it wasn't a great day, but not a bad day for a run - never a bad day for a run - well almost never.

Did my usual mile warm-up, but there was no, none, zero snap in my legs. They just felt blah, not sore or anything, just nothing there. Not a good sign of things to come for this race.

RA Course 4-13-14 One in Five 5K

I lined up in the second row and off we went. The first part is straight out of the Thomas College parking lot, not a steep grade, but a deceptive one for the start of a race. Actually it is a pretty flat course for around here and my time should have been faster. 

My first mile was about where I wanted it to be, but for some reason or other, I just ran like crap the second mile 7:30 pace and never really picked it up on the last mile (although I was passing a few people) at about a 7:20 pace.

I finished 29 of 414 official finishers.
RA Stats 4-13-14

You can see the results on Cool Running and more photos on Maine Running Photos (I will add the link when they are posted)

I just didn't have any spring in my legs, maybe that 15.0 miler on Thursday was still affecting me more than I thought - but no excuses, I ran as good as I could today and will use this as a nice "where I am now" time trial to know where I need to improve. Hint Hint: race pace mile and 2 mile repeats.

Surprisingly, I finished 1st in my age group, so that was pretty cool, but I have a feeling that was more a result of who didn't show up for local runners who are faster than I am, than me having a great race. 

But like they say you have to show up and I will take what I can, when it comes to AG awards.

One in Five 5K AG Award

What did I learn this time:
  • No super long runs in new shoes the week of a race.
  • The Launch are not a 5K race day shoe, they felt great on my feet comfort-wise, but I didn't feel fast running in them. No snap.
  • That my Achilles didn't bark at me too much, it liked the slower pace.
  • Bagels are not my friend before a race - need to just stay with my normal oatmeal.
  • Going out to supper and having 12th Anniversary dinner, is probably not a good pre-race meal, but wouldn't change it, we had a lot of fun last night.
  • I was over 30 seconds slower in this year's first 5K 22:39 versus 22:06 last year.
  • I need to work more on speed work/race pace work at longer intervals.
  • That my race anxiety was the lowest it has been in a long time and gives me hope that I can run a few more races this year.

The reality is that

I was not real happy with my time or effort and I think that my gun time of 22:39 was a lot more accurate than the official time of 21:46 (which would have made me feel a lot better about the race). However, this was only the first 5K of the year and I will have several opportunities to do more before 2014 is over.

The Brooks Launch are probably the most comfortable shoes I have run in a long time, but they are not 5K to flat 10K race shoes, but for a hilly 10K or other higher distances, they would be my choice. Very happy with them so far.

It was also great to see, so many people that I have known from around the area, Troy, Tracy, Sue, Mark and others:

Hopefully, this will be a good harbinger of things to come, especially my battles with race anxiety.

After all I can't be too disappointed with an AG group win and a decent time, but it doesn't mean that I can't do better - because I know that I can, but I also need to enjoy the moment too. I did.

One in 

Five 5K Award and Number

Official Results One in Five 5K

Thank you to the race director and race volunteers, you all did a GREAT job and I had a lot of fun while participating in the event.

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