Originally posted on: 7-16-15
Probably my slowest 5K in well, a long, long time and you know something I can honestly say it was one of the more fun runs that I have done in a long time.
Looking down the start at Bond Brook - that is a hill over there
I wasn't sure that I was going to do this race or not and at 3:00 PM, I decided to go ahead and do it.
Well getting back to the run.
I started out pretty slow (something I am not good at) and then went slower on purpose. I wasn't pushing the pace today, it was more about getting out, having fun with other runners and enjoying the trail.
Strava Stats Bond Brook 5K 7-16-15
Once I got past the first quarter-mile, I just settled into a nice steady pace and only had a couple of runners pass me the rest of the race. Which is unusual because I almost always slow down so much that I end up getting passed a lot during 1.5 to 2.5. I passed a few and then once I got into the single track, I did learn something about me and trails tonight.
I am meechy.
As in no guts (yeah, the other word too), to go fast on single-track anymore.
Yeah, I don't have that old derring-do that I used to have to just bomb the trails and what you need to run trails well.
Instead of attacking the trail, I run defensively to not fall, trip, or hit rocks/roots wrong. I am not afraid of falling, getting bloody or all that other stuff, what I am afraid of is hurting myself and not being able to run due to an injury. Not the right attitude to have or the way to race trails well, but it is what it is.
I have a feeling that my glasses probably don't really help matters either, wearing progressive tri-focals with transition lenses, kind of sucks.
While I like transition lenses (clear to sunglasses) for the most part means that in varying sunlight conditions, that they can be too dark and they seem to not as sharp when they are in sunglasses mode, so the depth perception is a little off, which ain't a good thing running trails.
The progressive tri-focal lens cause me to keep my head down in order "see" things that I am going over, so I have less time to react to roots, rocks, dips and bumps, instead of looking further ahead and planning a route through the trail. I am not making any excuses, but it is a factor that I have to think about/deal with.
Which is okay, as long as I realize this upfront and don't let it bother me too much. I have to admit that at times during the run tonight that I really wanted to pick it up, but didn't quite dare to open it up too much on any of the single track.
Yeah the hill, kicked my butt, big time!!!
It is a long enough to be a pain and is a grass hill, so you have to really be aware of where you are stepping in addition to going uphill and it got to the point where I was running slower than can walk, so I switched to fast-walking. First time in a race I have done that in a long time, but the combo of being pretty warm, grass and a hill did me in.
Even so, I felt really good about how I ran, because in the sections where I felt comfortable opening up - I did. Which has not always been the case lately, so it was nice.
Bond Brook 5K post-race
As usual the race staff and volunteers were great. It was also good to catch up with several runners that I know who there.
At the last minute, I decided to change from my Clifton's to the Skechers GRU - which was a good choice, the extra grip was nice in some sections and they felt comfortable the whole race.
Oh yeah Bennie and I did our usual 3.3 fartlek run this morning :-)