ilanarama: me, The Other Half, Moab UT 2009 (Default)
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(The subject line is probably more entertaining when considered along with my previous post.)

That old race-day magic came through, because I ran 21:44, a PR by exactly 30 seconds. I came in second woman overall (about 2 minutes behind the first woman, but that's okay because she is a local pro triathlete and 14 years younger than me), but there were no prizes - it was a fundraiser and very low-key - and I didn't even win a random draw prize.

I ran 1.5 miles to the rec center to register, but the race was not for an hour after registration "closed" according to the flyer (it didn't really close, though, and I should have just shown up later) so I did a rather long warm-up, totaling just under 5 miles before the race. It was a lovely day and I stripped down to a singlet and my "crazy shorts" (the ones I wore at the Winter Sun), and lined up just behind the fast kids.

There were some obvious slowpokes right on the line, but fortunately they were mostly on one side; I squeezed between the others quickly enough and settled in behind a guy I know is a bit faster than me, letting him slowly pull away (he finished in under 20 minutes). I could see I was the third woman right from the start; I passed #2 (a middle school girl) a bit more than a mile in, and at the turn-around I could see that I was now #2 and the next women were far behind. After the turn-around the line was pretty strung out. I managed to pass a couple of guys bit by bit, and a couple different ones passed me.

The splits are ugly. Obviously I don't know how to race 5Ks, although I can blame part of it on the course. The first mile drops about 50 feet, the second drops 20 then climbs 20, and the third retraces back up. By my Garmin I ran 6:42, 7:09, 7:22, and 7:19 for the last fraction. My HR pegged right at 167/87% WHR and stayed there the whole time, which is kind of weird because that's supposedly 10K pace (that is, too low). It didn't spike at the end or anything. On the other hand, my other 5Ks, other than my first (where I set my max) have been similar in terms of HR pattern, and I wonder if that's due to the altitude - that a true 5K effort at 6600 ft doesn't allow my HR to climb as much, now that I'm relatively fit. (Whereas the first one I did, I wasn't as fit, and maybe that let it spike more?) I certainly felt on the edge of puking in the last mile and a quarter or so, and after I crossed the line I curled up in a ball on the woodchip mulch and just breathed for a while.

Here is my HR (and elevation and pace) plot, for kicks. Um, the weird exaggeration makes it look like I fell off a cliff and had to claw my way back up, but I assure you it wasn't that bad.

After the race I jogged around a little, and then ran home the long way to make a total of a little under 12 miles for the day.

PS: I understand that there have been problems commenting here with OpenID - I've been having the same problems on your blogs, too! I answer the Captcha and it just keeps refreshing. You can comment here anonymously if you like, just be sure to include your name so I know who you are.

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Date: 2012-02-26 04:46 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Way to go with the PR. And I don't know if it's comforting or not to know that even people who run 5ks in 21:44 feel like puking at the end. (OTOH, you can run a 5 mile warmup without feeling like puking, so there's that to look forward to if I ever get in awesome shape. *g*)

From Greenlee

Date: 2012-02-26 07:00 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
YAY! That's so exciting. 30 seconds is huge in a 5K! That course looks pretty tough, but it looks like you paced it just right according to the elevation. Congrats!

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Date: 2012-02-26 07:22 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
The weird exaggeration also makes it look like it took more than a half-mile to get up to speed. Is that due to crowding at the starting line?


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Date: 2012-02-27 06:27 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile]
So happy for your race! And all the data is right up my alley. Looks like you kept a pushing right through the elevation drop :). I actually think you executed the race very well. With your warm up and the positive splits. I mean- I don't know any better way to race 5k than to go out really hard and just try to hang on. 7:22 on the last mile, uphill, is very good. I wonder if you have a new HR max- since all the practicing? Have you tested for max recently?

(no subject)

Date: 2012-02-27 06:28 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile]
YES!!! I just needed to drop the www for the URL. I forgot about that. haha.

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Date: 2012-02-27 12:08 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
YAY on the PR! 30 seconds is really steep on a 5K. :) I've never like wearing a HR monitor, but all that data really is neat. Congrats on the PR and the overall placing!

<3 Rebecca

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Date: 2012-02-27 05:45 pm (UTC)
ell: (Default)
From: [personal profile] ell
Congrats on the PR!

Your data are fascinating, thank you for posting them as part of the race report :-) I started wearing a HRM for the first time ever 2 weeks ago, and it's turning me into a total hypochondriac. I am convinced that despite all my training, I am suddenly in horrible shape.

(no subject)

Date: 2012-02-28 01:49 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] ainsley
Congratulations on your PR!

(no subject)

Date: 2012-02-28 09:34 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
One of those run all out and hang on for dear life splits. In your defense, the last half was all uphill. Nice job kiddo!

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Date: 2012-02-29 05:06 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] blnchflr
Lol, the elevation does indeed look insane :)

Congrats on PR, you are awesome!


ilanarama: me, The Other Half, Moab UT 2009 (Default)

August 2017

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My running PRs:

5K: 21:03 (downhill) 21:43 (loop)
10K: 43:06 (downhill)
10M: 1:12:59
13.1M: 1:35:55
26.2M: 3:23:31

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