Tuesday, September 6, 2011

It's Only a Matter of Time

Before every race, I like to plan how I'm going to run the course. Last Saturday's Lake Country 5k was no different. I knew I wanted to be aggressive - I just wasn't quite sure how fast I would would take each portion of the race. I'd heard it was a hilly route and didn't want to go out too fast, only to blow up at the midway point.

But as I was warming up, I decided I was going to go all out. The entire 3.1 miles. Since it was my last race in my current age group, I wanted it to be memorable with no regrets on things I should and could have done.

Nice tan line, right?

Race results include new PR
Turns out, it was the right strategy. Here are my results:

Time: 22:53 (new PR)
Average Mile Time: 7:22
Age Group: 4/30

Division: 16/158
Overall: 47/281

Chasing down new goals
Although it kills me a bit that I missed my age group podium by one place, it gives me something to work toward in future races. As I was trying to chase down the girl who finished right in front of me (I had her in my line of sight the entire race - just couldn't catch her in the end) I couldn't help but think it's just
a matter of time - and some extra speed training sessions!

Since this was likely my last 5k this year, any new goals I set are for 2012. Think I can reduce my 5k time by another full minute - or maybe more? Is a 1st, 2nd or 3rd place age group win within reach? I look forward to finding out the answers to these questions!

What are your current race goals? What are your PRs and how do you plan on beating them?

- ST

2 comments:

  1. I would love to just get back to running on a regular basis again - had too many things get in the way of it this summer, especially the last 6 weeks.

    My old 5-k PR of 19:10 was from 10 years ago. Could probably run around 21:00 right now.

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  2. Sometimes life gets in the way, but running will always be there when you have time again :) I'm planning to do the Chicago Rock n Roll Half Marathon next summer - you should consider it as well!

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