Urban Cow 5K Race Report (kind of)
Finally got back to participating in a race today (first one in two years). Felt really good to be back out there again.
This was the first race I used the workout feature and put in target ranges for the duration. Made it easier (somewhat) to stay in my target range.
Mile 1 – Target 7:58 – 8:08 Actual 8:09
Okay this mile was a mess. I went out way too fast for the first ¼ to ½ mile. Kept slowing down until I got around my target (seemed like it took forever to slow down). Thought I had only gone slightly above my target range and because of my early pace would still finish in my target but as you can see I failed here.
Mile 2 – Target 7:55 – 8:05 Actual 8:02
I was concerned how fast I went out to start was going to come back to bite me at some point but was determined to pick things up and was able to find a spot in my range and stay on track.
Mile 3 – Target 7:50 – 8:00 Actual 7:53
I wanted to step it up in mile 3. Never really expected to go this fast but I was feeling pretty good.
Finish – Target 7:30 – 7:45 Actual 6:41
I sped up a little as I passed the mile 3 marker. At some there was someone yelling 100 yards to go. Said what the hell and reached down for whatever I had left. Was not going to fail then and did not want to end up a few seconds out of place in my division (has happened before) so I went into an all out sprint.
Overall – 7:58 pace
This was a PR for me. Just finished out of placing (4 of 22) in my age group.
The last few months I bounced around trying to find something that worked for me in increasing my speed. Intervals just weren’t working for me and was concerned I would get to race day and still have no idea how fast I could go for 3 miles. Settled into doing once a week a half mile warmup, 3 miles at 5K pace and then a half mile cool down. That seemed to work as I was able to know what I could do and kept pushing a little harder each week. I have one more race in two weeks and after that may look to change up training aiming toward the spring. Really want to get my times down to 7:30 or lower per mile. I think I can do it. Believe I am still leaving too much out there. May try giving intervals another shot.
My next race will be interesting. Start and finish lines are in different spots. Due to Covid they may not have their buses going so I might have to walk/jog three miles from the finish to the start before the race. Good thing is I will then know the course really well. Bad thing is that is a lot more work than I want to do before the race starts and will have to head out very early to get started.
Thanks everyone for all of your input in this forum. I definitely need to participate more.
Good luck tomorrow @SteelCurtain.