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Just a 5k….Memorial day race recap

Leading up to this weekend’s race, I was nervous. I couldn’t shake it. It was the most pre-race anxiety I have felt leading up to any race in a very long time. Considering I just competed in my second marathon in February I was at an utter loss for an explanation. A well-intentioned, “hey don’t worry about it, it’s just a 5k” from the other running buddies wasn’t helping either. I finally nailed down the cause of my anxiety late Friday night. I hadn’t actually trained for a 5k in over two years. With all of my focus on the marathon since late 2012, I had not really dedicated any time to training specifically for a shorter, faster race and in all honesty I was worried I would fail. After all I do not claim to be a super human. Turns out I would be just fine.

Early bird gets the worm

I made my first mistake Sunday night. I misread the race start time and planned out my morning as if the gun was going off sharply at 7:00 a.m.  At around 6:35 I started my warm-up routine. A couple of miles with some drills, lunges, and strides mixed in. I came back to the starting line area and met up with my family just shortly before 7, then headed to the start line…by myself. No literally I was there all by myself. Sure there were some volunteers milling around making last second adjustments, the timing guys setting up the starting line and a few runners laughing and joking and starting to warm-up. I didn’t even have to ask, I knew immediately the mistake I had made. I went back to may family and got some pre-race strategy from my daughter.

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Then I did the only thing I could think to do. I went out for another short warm up!

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Strategy v. Reality

Again my coach and I had a great strategy. He even sent it to me in an email. It was all about control,discomfort, lack of control and vomit. I was ready to get it done. We had been training to run a 17:40 which would’ve been an eighteen second PR for me.  But I was a hundred percent convinced that a 17:30 was completely within my grasp. I went out perfectly. I felt comfortable and in control and came through at 5:28. It was perfect I wasn’t struggling and I was able to pick it up just a touch.  As I approached the second mile I thought I was dreaming. I was coming through the 2 mile marker at 10:58! I had just backed up my first mile with another  great split! I was flying high for the next quarter mile. Then I came undone a just a tad coming through mile three at 16:39. My third mile, the one I was supposed to really turn it on I had faded hard. I ran a 5:41. I salvaged a pretty good kick and finished the last .1 in under 30 sec0nds for a new 5k PR of 17:06.

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The course was a touch long so my official time was 17:24, but my coach assured me that I can use my GPS time as my new PR. The 17:24 was good enough for 11th overall and 1st in my age group! I was a super proud dude!

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Top Notch Event

This was another great event put on by Wild Side. Another great time for my family, some great competition and some cool medals!

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And my daughter ran a mile because she is awesome!

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And I got to meet Kelly from Kelcanrun!!!

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Special Thanks

I would be amiss if I closed this race report without giving out a few special thank yous. First off thank you to my Heavenly Father, without whom nothing is possible!  Of course my coach Kyle, thanks man! (There have been a lot of questions as to why I need a coach if I am a coach and I will address those in a post later this week.) Thank you for pushing me to the next level and I cannot wait to continue working with you and advancing my career as a runner.  To Bio Skin for all of your support and constant encouragement! I look forward to growing our partnership! Of course my family, friends and all of you! Thank you for your support!

 

All photos courtesy of DigiBoh Designs and Photogaphy

 

 

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