Saturday, October 18, 2014

10/18/2014 Wyckoff Education Foundation 5K, 7th place 19:48

Today was a great day for a 5K.  It was cool and partly sunny.  It was a little humid, but it didn't bother me.  I ran the WEF 5K in 19:48 and it was good for 7th place overall, first in my age group.  Although it was 53 seconds slower than my time last year, I am pretty happy with the results.  I have been getting in the miles over the last few weeks, but not the speed work and intervals I really need to maintain a fast pace over 5K.

My splits were as follows:

Mile 1- 6:00 (yikes, way too fast trying to make up for a bottle neck start!)
Mile 2- 6:33 
Mile 3-6:35
Final .1- 40 seconds

The start was insane with way too many kids running way too fast.  I watched as 5-10 kids ended up falling flat on the road as I sped by with no ability to stop and help any of them.  After the first 300 meters or so, I simply ran too fast as I was caught up mentally in the crazy beginning.  As I got to the first clock at mile 1, I knew I started way too fast.  6:00/mile was not what I had in mind.  I had intended to be more in the 6:20-6:30/mile pace for the first mile or two with the hopes of busting a really fast 3rd mile.  

Regardless, I finished up maintaining my pace in the third mile.  I had the benefit of knowing the course because I have run the race 6-8 times.  Consequently, I knew where I was and I mentally played the game of telling myself it would soon be over.  I finished 7th, with a couple guys only a handful of seconds in front of me.  Once again, I am happy to say, only one guy passed me during the race.  I passed him at about the 2 mile mark and he passed me at about the 2.5 mile mark and finished about 10 seconds in front.  I didn't have any kick today with the crazy start I had in mile 1.

This was my first race since the Running with the Devil race in the summer.  It felt good to be back on a course.  I look forward to racing again and after losing a little weight, I should be ready to lower my times as I build my fitness

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