Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Race Recap: Elk Grove Fun Run 5k #2 for 2012 {03.03.12} + a new 5k PR

Race:  Elk Grove Fun Run 5k #2 for 2012

Hosted by The Running Zone for The Running Free Foundation {Connecting Kids in Need with the Soles for Running --- donating shoes to needy Sacramento County student athletes}

Date:  Saturday, March 3rd, 2012

Official Results:

The Jesse:
3.10/27:36/8:54 avg {PR}
Females 30-34:  2/20
Overall:  39/179

The husband:
3.10/21:11/6:50 avg
Males 30-34:  3/4
Overall:  11/179

Garmin Results: 

The Jesse:
3.15/27:33/8:44 avg
Splits:  8:54, 8:47, 8:43, last 0.15 = 1:09 {7:51 pace}

The husband:
3.11/21:10/6:49 avg
Splits:  7:04, 6:57, 6:38, last 0.11 = 0:30 {4:41 pace}

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This race was the second in the four part series hosted by The Running Zone for 2012 and my second race for this year. 

The husband was up early and out the door before 5am to run some extra mileage before the race.  Our plan was to meet at the race start a half hour before the start time.  He ended up running 12 miles before the race and still managed a sub-7 average pace for the 5k {have I mentioned that I think he is a machine lately!?!} AND ran extra mileage after the race with me and our running buddy Kat!  He’s a running addict.  I created a monster!  Anyways … back to the recap.

I set a few goals for this race and was ultimately aiming for a PR.  On race morning I spent some time planning my pace strategy to achieve my goal.  I decided to aim for negative splits, starting off slower, and use fartleks to pick up my pace as needed.  My pace plan was 1st mile = 9:00, 2nd mile = 8:50, 3rd mile = 8:40, last 0.10 = 1:00 for a finish of 27:30.  Once I was lined up for the race I started to have some doubts that I would be able to pull off my pace plan and PR.  After all, I had ran 6 miles the day before with the husband.  I just decided to try to stick to my plan, aim for my goal, and see what I could do.

We live really close to this race location so I didn’t have to worry about leaving early for traffic or dealing with parking since it’s a small race.  I left our house and arrived to the race start within 5 minutes.  I had plenty of time to find the husband, get our bibs, use the restroom, and chat with fellow running friends and members of the training group I help mentor. 

The race started right on time and I started comfortably fast, getting swept up in the momentum and energy of the other runners.  I had my Garmin set on my lap pace screen which gave me the data for the current lap {lap pace, lap time, lap distance, and current pace}.  After about a quarter of a mile the crowd started to thin.  I would speed up as needed to keep my overall lap pace where I wanted it to be by doing fartleks of 0.20 and then recover as long as I needed.  My first mile came in at 8:54 which was faster than I planned but I was happy to “bank” the time. 

Just before the half way point I passed my running buddy Kat, whom I had been “chasing” since the beginning of the race.  At this point I was starting to get HOT and stripped off my gloves and was really wishing I hadn’t worn so many layers {I was layered up because it was super chilly at the race start}.  Just before the 2nd mile marker I really started to feel tired but my 2nd mile came in at 8:47, still faster than I planned so I slowed down to recover for a little bit. 

The last mile I was planning leap frog with a little boy {10 year old; it was his first race} who would speed up then slow down --- I’m sure he had no idea he was doing “fartleks” or that I was chasing him!  He was great motivation and I would make it my goal to speed up and catch him anytime he passed me.  He would then speed up and pass me again.  He really helped me push to the finish.  {He came up to me after the race to say “good job” and I made sure to tell him I was chasing him and that he did a great job, was super speedy, and my motivation.}  Just before the 3rd mile marker I saw another female runner coming up behind me and I didn’t want her to pass me so I sped up sooner than I had planned for my “sprint to the finish” to keep her from passing me.  {I’m glad I did; she was in my age group!}  My 3rd mile came in at 8:43 and knowing the course always measure a little long on my Garmin I was glad to have “banked” some extra time each mile.  I ran as hard and as fast I could until I crossed the finish line.

My previous PR was 27:49 – my goal for this race was 27:30.  I ended up finishing in 27:36 {official} and shaving 13 seconds off my 5k PR.  I definitely reached my puke threshold a few times and I’m glad I was able to get past it without loosing my breakfast and I was able to finish strong.  Honestly, this was so tough.  I don’t remember the 5k back in September {my previous 5k PR} being that tough.  The husband had to remind me that I’m just getting back the level of stamina I had back then and that is why this felt so much harder.  {Not to mention I hadn’t ran the day before that race like I did this time.}  I don’t actually enjoy running that fast and I don’t want to run that fast again anytime soon {except for shorter speed workouts} so it’s a good thing I don’t have another 5k planned until September! 

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With my running buddy Kat :)

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After the race we hung out for the raffle {I won some Sport Wash} and then the husband and I headed out with our buddy Kat for some extra miles.  Post race I ate a mini Clif Bar and a mini bagel while waiting for the raffle to start.  It was really starting to warm up and I struggled a bit.  I was tired, my legs were tired, and the food I ate post race was not sitting well in my belly.  But we managed to get in 5.5 miles in 1:03:04 {11:28 average} while chatting away about our upcoming races {I’m excited to be racing with Kat a lot this year!}. 

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What I learned:  I can run fast if I push myself {remember, fast is relative!}

What I would’ve changed:  Nothing.  I ran a smart race and achieved my goals!  Well, maybe I would have worn less layers to avoid getting so hot mid-race.

How I was brilliant:  Duh, I PR’d.  I planned out a good pace strategy and stuck to it even when I wanted to slow down. 

5 comments:

ajh said...

Great race! What fun to PR!

ajh said...

Also I think in the eating/can't resist it department we are sisters.

Suz and Allan said...

Congrats on the PR! Great race for both of you!

christa said...

Awesome!! I'm hoping to PR in some races this year. I love that fast is realitive.

That Pink Girl said...

Ah the puke threshold. It does tend to rear its ugly head more frequently in the shorter distances. That's why I run marathons - 5Ks are HARD! No joke!
Congratulations on running a smart race and earning a shiny new PR for your hard work!