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 1st age award race report.
Bricks
Runworks 2005 5M Racer
Chicago
Joined: 09 Dec 2004
Posts: 222

1st age award race report. Posted: Tue Nov 01, 2005 7:26 am 

So, my girlfriend and I decided to do a race, post marathon and post recovery for fun to get back into the running scene. We wanted to do a race that would be nice and relaxed and that we could enjoy after a stressful season of training for and running Chicago. We chose the Trick or Treat Trot 10K in the park where we meet our training group every Saturday for long runs. Needless to say this was a very family oriented event with kids races of varying lengths, a 5K and 10K option and of course a healthy dose of Halloween Costumes. It was a gorgeous fall day. About 700 people did the 10K, but about 1100 did the 5K. The starting line was a jumbled crowded mess like I've never seen and I started midway back, behind, as I would learn, behind even a large number of walkers. I bobbed and weaved for the first mile till i got a bit in the clear and was able to get into a rhythm. It was the first time since the marathon that i tried to go quick. I was pleased to find my legs responding quite well. Early on, while I was bobbing and weaving my heart rate and breathing were a bit quicker than I'd like, but that went away some in the middle miles. I was about 1:20 behind the clock, so in a race like this i was plucking people off by the dozens as I made my way through the park. I felt good, but didn't want to over-do it. The course doubled back on itself a lot so I could see my girlfriend and other friends, as well as the leaders. It was a double loop for the 10K so things really thinned out after the split. I continued to pass people at a regular rate and really was having fun. I never did get passed the entire race, which was quite a feeling. I kept expecting some competitive people to see me go past then go with me or pass me back, but no one ever did. With a mile left it got crowded again as i started lapping 5k-ers. The finish was almost as crowded a mess as the start. I hit my watch and was pleased to see a 41:55. I didn't set a goal, but breaking 42 was nice. I actually to date didn't have a 10K PR. It doesn't seem to be a popular distance here. Apparently they had a problem with the timing chip computer system, something about loosing the original entrant database. They finally posted the results this morning. I was ecstatic to find i finished 3rd out of 44 in my division (28th overall) and would get some kind of age award, though i don't know what. I was one of the worst kids on my cross country team in high school so i never so much as smelled hardware, so this is my first award of any kind in any race in my life. I couldn't be happier that it came in the extremely prestigious Trick or Treat Trot ;), but seriously, I'll take it. I know it wasn't a big race or even a very competitive one, but I've never done that so I'm pretty happy regardless. I'm also happy to find the bounce coming back to my step from the post marathon dead legs and am looking forward to training this winter...

Rickshaw
Runworks 2005 5M Racer
San Francisco, CA
Joined: 26 Nov 2004
Posts: 1157

Re: 1st age award race report. Posted: Tue Nov 01, 2005 9:14 pm 

Awesome!! I know what you mean about being the worst kid on your high school cross country team, because I was the same way. It feels good now, doesn't it? Enjoy the well-deserved hardware and the new PR! Now what comes next for you?

mfox

South Orange, New Jersey
Joined: 19 Dec 2004
Posts: 367

Re: 1st age award race report. Posted: Wed Nov 02, 2005 5:18 am 

Congratulations Bricks! I'm sure this award will be the first of many to come. Though, hopefully next time you'll get a little recognition at the awards ceremony rather than learning about it after you get home. You might want to do something similar to what my brother-in-law did after he finished the Boston Marathon. He looked up his old high school cross-country coach and sent him a copy of his race results. Always the last runners on his team, his coach had once jokingly told him that he wasn't cut out to be a runner.

Bricks
Runworks 2005 5M Racer
Chicago
Joined: 09 Dec 2004
Posts: 222

Re: 1st age award race report. Posted: Wed Nov 02, 2005 6:21 am 

Thanks guys,

Rickshaw, I think next will be something that's bothered me since that high school xc team. I want to break 20 in a 5K. I haven't really tried yet, and I've got to think I can, but it would be nice to get that monkey off my back before I get ready for Boston. Some of my friends think it's ridiculous that I'm at all worried I can't. I swear I just have no raw speed, that my body seems to work pretty good in 4th gear for 26.2 miles, but historically burns through gas and shuts down after 15 minutes of 5th gear. But like I said, I think I'm in good enough shape to do it now, just got to wait for a 5K to pop up on the race calendar.

Wow, i didn't think of that mfox. I like the thought of having to stick around for those and actually have a chance to hear my name called... It's funny, i have thought of contacting my old coach, but for the opposite reason. He was actually quite supportive and one of the big reasons i fell in love with running. he was an amazing runner i remember. when we would do our 'long' runs (6 miles) he would run up to the guys in the front, then turn around and run against the flow to us in the back, then effortlessly dart up to catch the guys in front. He must have run 8-9 miles on our 6 mile runs and barely break a sweat and treated every guy on the team like they were his most important guy which is what made us stick with a sport we sucked at, but enjoyed. He was impressive, he was in his late 30's and could do intervals with our top runner who went to nationals and never seem tired. I remember he told us he ran a sub 14:00 5000 meters on the track in college, which blew our 14-17 year old minds. I would love to let him know what i've gone on to do in running and thank him.


mfox

South Orange, New Jersey
Joined: 19 Dec 2004
Posts: 367

Re: 1st age award race report. Posted: Wed Nov 02, 2005 1:29 pm 

Bricks, it sounds like you ran about a 6:44 pace in that 10K without too much trouble. You need a 6:25 pace to break 20 minutes. That sounds doable. How's you kick from about 300-400 meters out? If you ran the first two miles at a 6:30 pace you'd have to make up 15 seconds in the last 400 meters. That would be like running a 6:20 pace over the last mile. Or more precisely, keep the 6:30 pace until you're about 300-400 meters from the finish and then pick up your pace (shorter stride, faster turnover works for me) and making up the difference (about 15 seconds) as you race to the finish line.

I know 15 seconds is a lot to make up in a quarter mile when you're already running fast. I ran my last 5K at a 6:28 pace (1st mile=6:03, 2nd mile with wind and long hill=7:08: last 1.1 mile=6:55), which was my fastest race to date, and it was the first time I didn't have any kick in my legs at all. So asking for a kick to make up time might be a lot to ask. But then again, you are definitely in much better shape than I am. You can do it!!!

I'm going use your 10K time as a goal to shoot for in the next 6 months (current 10K PR is 42:57). And you're right, there aren't nearly as many 10Ks around here as there are 5K and Half Marathons races.


Rustyboy

LA, CA
Joined: 14 Dec 2004
Posts: 225

Re: 1st age award race report. Posted: Wed Nov 02, 2005 2:57 pm 

Whoa, man, CONGRATULATIONS! That's quite the inspiring pace. My butt'd have to be on fire for me to keep that up!

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