Earlier last week, Coach Matt gave me a workout to simulate how pacing might work during an ideal race.The workout went really well so I was feeling good about how Sunday's Pumpkin Run 5k might play out. Although I knew it wasn't a goal race, I still wanted to run well to test my training from these past few weeks and also to gain a little confidence before my first fall goal race, the Milwaukee Running Festival 5k.
This is where I admit mistakes were made - two before the race even started. First of all, I forgot my Garmin. I really wanted my mile splits for this race but told myself it would be a good test of running by effort. However, I think seeing numbers on the watch might have motivated me to run a bit faster. Second, I overdressed. It was a cooler morning (38ish degrees) and for some reason I thought it was necessary to wear a long sleeve top with another long sleeve top layered on top. AND it was the race shirt I layered on top (last-minute decision), to make it an even bigger faux pas. Haha! Needless to say, I overheated about halfway through the race. I should have stuck with a singlet and armwarmers.
But at least a mistake was not made by running too fast at the start of the race. I lined up a few rows back to avoid sprinting out and actually did a good job of keeping the pace controlled during the first mile. It was hard letting people pass me but I tried to stay positive and told myself I would be able to catch them later in the race.
Thanks for the pic, Jeff!
A little past the halfway point, I started pacing off the woman in front of me. I tried surging past a few times but she would just re-catch me then cut in front. So I decided I would draft off her for the last part of the race instead of wasting energy with the cat and mouse game. In hindsight, I'm not sure this was the best decision. It seemed smart at the time, but I kind of wonder if I should have just laid down a faster/longer surge to see what would have happened. Because the thing is, when you pace off someone else, you are running their pace ... and maybe not pushing it as much as you should. In a way, it was lazy racing on my part!
After finishing the race, I ran/walked back on the course to find Mom and run her in. She ran a really good race and ended up finishing 3rd in her age group!
So a great race for Mom but a so-so race for me. But at least this was only the dress rehearsal and I know what I need to change before the Milwaukee Running Festival 5k. I'll start with remembering my Garmin and not overdressing ;)
My questions for you:
- What do you race in when the temps are in the 30s?
- Do you ever wear the race shirt at the actual race?
- Do you ever pace or draft off people in front of you? Or do you always run your own race?
Happy Tuesday, everyone!