Race Recap: Twilight 5K-Ithaca, NY 6/11/14

A week and a half ago, I completed my first Twilight 5K in Ithaca.  It’s one of those summer races I have been meaning to do for a while now (hello cheap entry fee) and I finally bit the bullet and signed up.  I was feeling pretty good going into the race and was really hoping for a PR.  In some ways I did PR, because my time was shorter than my fastest racing 5K, but the distance was shorter that my last PR 5K (3.17 miles).

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In retrospect, I think I could have come close to hitting my PR goal if I hadn’t been so fixated on getting Runkeeper to work in my first quarter mile of the race.  It was an easy flat course and along a path I’ve run on many a time during my marathon training.  One thing I realized is that I really need to learn how to not place myself at the head of the pack!  I know I am not a fast runner so why do I put myself through the frustration of being passed by a million people?!  I hate the feeling of being passed.  It’s especially frustrating when said passers try to be encouraging.  I mean c’mon, we all know what you’re rely thinking.

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Perhaps if I started in the back or middle of the pack I could for once gain the pleasure of passing someone by.  Alas, maybe someday I will learn!  Or maybe someday I will be a faster runner and it won’t bother me so much.

Overall, I think I did fairly well.  My pace was only 12secs off of my PR pace so it wasn’t like I completely flopped.  I look forward to more summer races and hope to work up my speed as I learn more about HR training and incorporating speed work.

Race Recap: 5K Chili Challenge 11/3/13

It was a cold and blustery morning for the 5K Chill Challenge at Taughannock Falls State Park.  Despite the snow and sleet falling from the skies, I stayed fairly warm throughout the race.  I don’t know if it was the promise of hot chili at the end, but the cold didn’t bother me as much as I anticipated.

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I went to the race solo, leaving my biggest cheerleaders at home was hard, but it was too cold to keep my guys waiting for me to double the course.  Yes, I said double the course!

The day prior I had attempted to put in my 6 mile training run, but 1 mile in (with my son in the jogging stroller) it began to downpour.  I ended up cutting the run short and waited long enough for the rain to slow before I booked it back home.  That night I made the last-minute decision to sign up for the race and figured I could easily tack on the extra 3 miles.

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Because I was planning on doubling the course I was careful to pace myself at my 6 mile pace and did a reasonable job at doing so.  The course was mostly flat, but there were a few inclines at the 3/4 mile mark.  My splits were fairly reasonable and actually better than they had been for my last 6 mile run. Screen shot 2013-11-05 at 10.44.30 AM

Mile 4 was tough, but I pushed through and picked it up as I came back down.  It was fun to double back on the course and see the remaining runners/walkers on their way in.  It really reminded me of how far I’ve come and that it doesn’t matter how slow you are going.  If you’re trying and doing, you are accomplishing something and that’s all that matters.

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