Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Shamrock 2010 Race Report

Well, it wasn’t the race I wanted but I still gave it a great effort and finished in 31:28. My first mistake is starting too far back in the crowd. I was trying to be realistic, knowing that I wanted to run about 9 min miles I started in the front of the 9-10 minute pace group. Unfortunately, the 8-9 minute mile group ahead of me were running like 11 min miles. The first half a mile was obnoxiously crowded. I haven’t run a 5k since 2005 so I forgot how crowded they can be. When I looked at my watch and saw a 10:05 first mile I knew my PR was gone, but I set a new goal—“finish before my music ends” (I had allowed a buffer of 2 minutes on my playlist). Mile 2 was uphill so I passed a LOT of people who were walking but I was also running slower since it was uphill (10:20 for mile 2). Mile 3 was mostly flat with a little downhill section. I chuckled to myself that there was a water station---really, for a 5K? I blew past the water station and flew past lots of walkers (seriously---walkers should line up with the 10 min mile and over group)! “Gloria” came on as I entered the final turn and the last flat stretch of road. I powered through and came up with a 9:02 final mile---that was more like it. I finished in time to see Mr. Pi and Amy start the 15k. I’m happy with my finish, I finished strong. I am disappointed in my overall time, especially since I ran a 9:29 avg 3 mile loop with Jen not too long ago. Whatev’s there will be other 5k’s.

My favorite thing about the whole race though (other than watching Mr. Pi finish) was hanging out with A & L. It was their first race. They were so excited to finish and have their first race under their belt. I couldn’t have been happier for them! I know it was the first race of many for them. (They are signed up for the Disneyland half marathon in September.)

In other news, Barb’s race training officially started on Monday. I’m really excited to get official training underway, it feels great to be back on a schedule again. I’m 20 weeks from the start line of my first half ironman!

21 comments:

  1. I HATE THE WALKERS that don't line up at the back. I think they should be tasered. Or something. :)

    So sorry about the bad start. I often find that people line up too far ahead in pace groups, so then I start to line up too far ahead, which I'm sure is why everyone (except WALKERS) does it! When I had my awesome 5K PR, I was lined up w/ the 7 minute group (accidentally - I'd been chatting w/ Emily), and didn't have to try to pass anyone at the beginning, although I'm sure all the ACTUAL 7 minute mile people were super annoyed at me. :)

    You did a great job, and there will definitely be other 5Ks!

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  2. Congrats on the race! Especially staying strong on that hill and finishing so fast. I know you would have ran a lot faster if there hadn't been so many people. We should find a smaller race sometime!

    Yay barb's training!!

    See you tonight.

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  3. Great job on completing another race! I agree with Jen, pretty consistent still on that hilly mile!

    Happy Barb's training!

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  4. Good job finishing strong. It seems like everyone lines up way ahead of where they should have in the 5Ks I've run and it is annoying to get caught behind walkers and slower people. You are right - there will be more!

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  5. I had the same problem with walkers in my 5K that you had. Plus, the size of the crowd was just too big for the size of the street! You put in a great effort though and now you can focus on your 1/2 ironman! Which one are you doing?

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  6. I haven't commented on your blog before, so "hello"! I experienced the same thing as you, on Sunday. Luckily I was still able to PR, but I was constantly passing walkers and slower paced runners all the way through the end! I felt like I must have been passing people who lined up in the 7 minute pace group! Maybe some people didn't know what the numbers on the signs meant?

    Glad you still had a good time and finished strong! Good luck on your training!

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  7. I can't wait to read all about your training for the next 20 weeks! You are going to rock the half ironman. So excited for you.

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  8. Too bad about all the slower people in front of you. It is so hard to know what to do when lining up for a race. Fun time with your friends racing their first!

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  9. 20 weeks to go! right on girl. time to nail it down.

    5k's can be a clusterf*ck. depends on the race. don't sweat a time there.

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  10. Congrats on finishing strong!

    Looking forward to reading all about the tri-training :)

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  11. Awesome race! So excited for you starting to train for the half Iron! You'll do great!!

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  12. Bummer for starting out with the walkers. Ugh.
    I'm so excited that you are now training for Barb's race!! What training plan are you using?

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  13. Ahh, sorry it wasn't what you wanted but it is still another race under your belt! Not a bad time either.

    Yeah day 1 of Team Kat (even though I realized I did the wrong workout today.)

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  14. Thanks for your comments on my blog - much appreciated!

    I've run races like the one you just ran - where everyone just lines up wrong and you end up winding round walkers. It's really unfortunate but you made the very best of it - congratulate yourself! Guess you'll just have to do it again now.

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  15. Exactly, there will be others.
    Walkers toward the front BUG me!

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  16. 5Ks are the WORST for people not being able to line up right. Ugg! Way to finish strong. That next race is yours.

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  17. Congrats on the 5k; it was a beautiful day to be out running. Think of it this way, you got negative splits! If you're like me you also have a t-shirt from the event that doesn't fit :-)

    Happy training!

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  18. Congrats on finishing strong. I was at Shamrock also, and it was the biggest race I'd ever run in terms of number of runners, so I wasn't even hoping to PR. I ran the 8K and it was pretty crowded along the entire route :( Some races you run just for the sake of running.

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  19. I can totally relate to starting too far in the back. On a short race like a 5K it is too hard to make up for that. Oh well, there will be other 5Ks and you did a great job! Way to pass all of those people on the hill!

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  20. Gazelle's comment about tazering walkers is hilarious! Yeah, that is what sucks about the short races -- you have to be able to hit it early on. But it sounds like it was a tough course. Congrats on finishing strong!

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