|Goodyear Ballpark Arizona Heart and Sole 5K|
BUT I dragged my sorry rear end out of bed, got ready and we were out the door. The oldest child left to watch the younger ones while Travis and I headed to the 5K.
I had some goals in mind of what I wanted to do but I honestly wasn't really sure how it would all play out.
Not sure because :
A. I'm fairly new to racing and don't really know what I'm doing.
B. This is only my 2nd 5k, 1st "officially" timed 5k.
C. Did I mention I don't know what I'm doing?
Since my 1/2 marathon at the end of January (exactly 3 weeks ago) I've been doing a lot of 5k goal paced runs (9:40 min/mile) and speed work with a few longer (8 mile) runs. My 1st ever and previous 5k was the FYTO race and my finish time there was a 31:10 which gave me a 10:03 pace. I was okay with that but that race I was working on more of my mental issues (like how I never run races cause they cause me huge anxiety) so I didn't feel I pushed too hard physically but it was a HUGE step for me mentally (thank you Adam) . This 5k I wanted to see PHYSICALLY what I could do. Here is what I planned on doing.
My Pre Race Plan:
I decided I would let myself go out faster than normal and let the momentum carry me for the first bit then settle into a 9:40 pace and try to hold that for the remainder and then try to have a "kick" at the end and see what happens. My simple strategy I had for when I felt tired would be to "lengthen my stride". If I was able to do this and hold a 9:40 pace I would have a finish time of 29:59 and that was my time goal. To make it in under 30 minutes. I thought this would be a good plan. Not too ambitious but shaving 23 seconds off of every mile would be challenging for me.
In training I have been able to hold a 9:40 pace for a mile but then I would slow for about 10-15 seconds and then back up for another mile for 9:40 and then another 10-15 second rest at a slower pace. On race day I was hoping to do the same except take out the rests.
What Actually Happened:
I went out fast (just like planned) and I just enjoyed the enthusiasm of the race. Coming up at the 1 mile mark I looked at my watch and I had just run a 9:15 mile --score! Plus at this point in the race the leaders are coming back and Travis is in the lead--seriously such a turn on! I slowed on purpose at this point thinking I would not be able to hold that quick of a pace. Next mile I stayed fairly steady at a 9:30-9:40 pace. I was not being passed at all and at one point I looked at my watch and it was registering a 10:00 minute pace--CRAP! I immediately sped up. I think I have a habit of falling into the pace of the runners around me, I think that was the case of this slower stretch. I was more studious about checking my watch after that and was feeling pretty good up until around 2.25 miles in. It seemed that everybody around me was walking. I was thinking WTH? This is a 5K? The event was a run/walk and I think more of the walkers got the memo. I wanted the energy of other "runners" around me but it just wasn't there. Oh well, I'm running my own race anyway so I just went. By now I've got 1/2 a mile left and I'm starting to hurt but I wasn't done yet. Time for my last strategy of "lengthening my stride". There are only two ways to go faster. You can lengthen your stride or have a faster leg turnover. Ideally you would do both. At this point I couldn't go any faster but I'm 5'8" and I can stride so stride I did. Travis was waiting at the final turn of the race (since he had already finished) and was cheering me on and when I hit what I guessed was the last .15 of the race I started to kick. The finish line was set up where you had to make a sharp 90 degree turn about 15 feet before the timing mat so you couldn't kick full speed into the finish. THAT is pretty annoying. But I made it. Hit my watch and bent over trying to catch my breath. Walked around for a few minutes, then looked at my watch to check my results. 28:58!! That would be a 9:20 minute per mile pace!! Wahoo!! I was honestly SHOCKED. I couldn't believe I had not only made my goal but beat it by a margin of 20 seconds per mile. It was surreal.
Travis ended up taking 3rd overall. 2nd in his age group with a time of 18:25 for a 5:56 minute per mile pace. He is such a stud muffin. I can't say enough about him.
So the good and bad news about Travis placing is we end up sticking around for the awards ceremony. While we were waiting we were goofing off so that was at least fun.
We went into the "family" bathroom and pretended to be Adam from The Boring Runner.
Here are some of my best impersonations:
|OH MY SWEET MOTHER OF MARY!!!|
|OOHHHH! THAT'S THE TICKET! NOW I AM READY TO RUN!|
(AND NO I DO NOT SIT ON PUBLIC TOILETS WITH OR WITHOUT MY PANTS DOWN--
THAT IS WHERE SQUATS COME IN HANDY)
Finally it was time for the Awards Ceremony and we waited patiently as they announced the "Overall Winner" (The two top finishers were on Travis's tail the whole way and overtook him with around 3/4 of a mile left to go)
Blah blah blah, on and on. Then they went through each age group starting at 0-7 years old.
"I'm thinking, oh good grief this is taking forever" Usually I don't mind but remember I have a soccer game to get to.
Blah blah blah, on and on.
Then they get to Women's age 30-34.
1st place...blah blah
2nd place....blah blah
3rd place....Adrienne Jensen
Wha wha what? Well oh me oh my I just won a medal?!
Yes it's true....I can prove it right here:
5K RUN - FEMALE AGE GROUP: 30-34 PLACE NO. NAME SEX AGE TIME PACE ===== ==== ===================== === === ======= ===== 1 29 ROBIN DAYNES F 34 26:41 8:36 2 146 KRISTIN STEELE F 32 28:28 9:10 3 72 ADRIENNE JENSEN F 34 28:58 9:20
It went something like this "I'd like to thank my family and friends, all my fans, and especially all the fast runner women between the ages of 30 and 34 who decided not to come to this race, without you it was all possible....(there is more but you get the idea)".
Then it was Travis's turn for a medal in the 35-40 Age group I might note! (Yes I am younger than him)
5K RUN - MALE AGE GROUP: 35-39 PLACE NO. NAME SEX AGE TIME PACE ===== ==== ===================== === === ======= ===== 1 200 J.T. ASTON M 38 17:49 5:44
2 73 TRAVIS JENSEN M 35 18:25 5:56
So here we are together. I know we look like a total power couple but don't worry we are just normal, everyday people and I promise I won't let this go to my head. :)
And to think I wanted to just sleep in and forget the whole thing!
I think I could get use to this Racing Thing.
Hope all your races were as fun as mine this weekend.