Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Lake Country 5k Recap

Lake Country is one of the races I look forward to every year. To me, it signals the start of fall racing, which in my mind means the potential for faster times! It's also been a race where I have PR'd twice before. My first year of running, I shaved more than a minute off my PR and then last year, ran another PR. I have fond memories of both of these races being killer efforts - hard the entire time, but so worth it in the end when I saw my time. So my hopes were set on the same type of race for this year. I was ready to run fast and accept whatever pain may come!


Every race is an opportunity!

Before the race, Coach Matt and I worked out a plan that basically boiled down to racing my fellow runners and using that momentum to get to the finish line as fast as possible. I liked this plan a lot - mainly because it would allow me to be free of my watch and keep my focus on effort and pushing myself to the limit the entire race. There's nothing I dislike more than having to monitor my splits each mile to see if I'm going too fast or too slow. Often - at least for me - the best pace is the one that feels right in the moment, no matter what the watch says!

So I lined up near the front and told myself this is going to be fun :) And then we started to run! As expected, pretty much every moment of this race felt incredibly hard. I actually don't remember much that happened except that I started much faster than I normally do, managed to chase down one girl around the mile 1 marker and from that point was just trying to catch the 2nd female who was not too far ahead of me. But the pain. I couldn't catch my breath and my legs were on fire, but I wouldn't let myself slow down or let up because I really thought I could catch up. She got away in the end but I was still pleased with how I did and thought I followed the plan from Coach Matt pretty well! Also ... the results!

Time: 19:40 - new PR!
Pace: 6:20 min/mile
Gender Place: 3rd Female
AG Place: 2nd AG


I couldn't believe it when I saw my time. And in all honesty, I still can't really comprehend it. I've even been going around looking for 'evidence' that the course was short because my mind just won't process it. But I haven't found anything and have had a few people tell me I need to stop it and just believe in the result. So ... I guess it's time to have a little more confidence in myself! And just to prove it wasn't a one-time fluke, you better believe my 5k goal for next year will be to run that time again. Or maybe even beat it ;)

My questions for you:

  • Have you ever run a PR that you didn't think you deserved?
  • Have you ever raced a short course? What were your thoughts if you ran a PR that day?
  • A non-running question - What do you love most about fall?

I'm looking forward to apples. Fresh, delicious apples that are perfect in apple crisp or for eating plain - with a side of peanut butter ;)

- ST

12 comments:

  1. That is awesome Sun! Congrats on a solid sub 20 5k! Hoping the Fall weather will show me some results from the work I've put in this Summer....and I look forward to both the apples & pumpkin. ;)

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    1. I am sure you have some fast times coming your way this fall :) Ah yes, pumpkin anything is great as well!

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  2. Love your race plan! While I wear my Garmin in a race, I don't look at it at the mile markers. It's just nice to have for instantaneous results after the race :). That is such a great time and pace! I really don't know what to think about short courses...on the one hand I get a little worried that it didn't count and on the other I still raced hard so I think it does count...I tend to go with the second thought nowadays, because a hard effort is a hard effort and you should too. Believe in yourself and your training and this next marathon will be a great one! :) I know I'm super excited for you! Fall is alllll about the pumpkin for me! But I do like a good apple crisp!...and soup...and cornbread...haha ;)

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    1. Thanks Hailey :) Ha, I love all those things, too. Cornbread - so delicious. I really don't eat it nearly enough!

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  3. Wow, congrats on the amazing new PR!

    I love everything about fall! Especially wearing boots and scarves and eating all things apple and pumpkin-flavored :)

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    1. Thanks Hyedi! Fall is really the best season :)

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  4. Wow, congrats on the AWESOME PR! You've worked hard, you definitely deserve it. :-) Your question about a short course... I just ran the Madison Mini half marathon, and at about mile 11 the course went to the left, around a parking lot. I saw at least 10 people go straight to take a short-cut. It probably took a good .20 to .25 mile off the course. I really couldn't understand why anyone would do that. It's not like the course wasn't well marked, and there was a steady stream of people going around the lot so it would be pretty hard to mistakenly go the wrong way. Apparently some people don't care if they don't run the full distance! I figure a PR Is a PR, and I don't worry too much about the course length. As long as you follow the course! ;-) I am looking forward to changing colors and crisp, cool fall weather! And spicy pumpkin seeds!

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    1. Oh, that is terrible some people cut the course short! That I find difficult to understand - I would never want to knowingly run a short course. Congrats on your finish at the race though! :)

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  5. Awesome job!!! After I'm finished with the Chicago Marathon, I'd like to focus more on my speed. That's a great race to run. I ran the 1/2 marathon a few years ago and I loved it.

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    1. Post-marathon will be a perfect time for a speed segment :) Did you see Lake Country is having a marathon next fall? It's sure tempting!

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  6. great job sun! that is beautiful!

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