Broad Street Run 2021 Race Report
We’re all addicts aren’t we? According to the McMillan Calculator I ran my best race ever at the end of a 70 mile week and I keep thinking back to the 2 seconds. This is my first PR in 3 years so I am trying to enjoy it a bit. Heck this might be my peak.
Going into this one I really didn’t know what to expect, like I mentioned before I had 3 weeks where training didn’t go as planned and I couldn’t taper for this one with the focus being the marathon. Last week I front loaded my mileage and my legs felt dead on every run until my 6 mile recovery on Saturday. The fact that I hadn’t run a single mile under 6 minutes since Aug 21 (in a 5k) gave me some doubt. Things that I felt were working in my favor were I has these magic shoes, I am 5 lbs lighter than my PR racing weight, and I have shown in the past to race well in marathon training (2015 10K). I didn’t really have a plan for this except run the first mile as close to 6:00 and see how that felt.
Prerace meal was 3 scrambled eggs, water, and coffee around 5 AM for 8 AM start. (more of a note for me)
First mile felt good in fact I had to slow myself down, felt good and relaxed. I followed the approach I saw Gene Dykes use a couple years back of running on the left side of the road where it is less crowded. Came in at 5:59 right at the mile marker.
I didn’t get too excited about the first mile as it is a mostly downhill, mile 2 would give me more info as to what I would be capable of. Mile didn’t feel as easy as 1 but it felt appropriate. I started to get excited that I have a real opportunity ahead of myself today. 5:56
Mile 3 it started raining which was kind of nice, came in at 6:00 right at the mile marker.
Mile 4 someone gets my attention and says something like I thought that was you. It was the guy that introduced himself to me at the last 5K. He was wearing a Go Pro and turned it on and asked if I had anything to say. Looking back I was kind of rude, but I respond that I have nothing to say and he let me go on my way. I feel bad about this interaction but I was focused on the task at hand. 5:58
Mile 5 was uneventful 5:58.
Mile 6 is where you run around City Hall and GPS goes to crap, so I really had to focus here to maintain my pace. I got to the 6 mile marker at 35:57 and feeling real good. I am going to do this.
Mile 7 My watch was showing that I was running faster than goal pace and the miles are getting more difficult. I got to the mile marker at 42:03 and I remember being a bit confused momentarily but I was confident I could make up those 3 seconds.
Mike 8 is where I realized I couldn’t be pacing myself off of other runners, I needed to be passing people if I am going to do this. I get this one in at 5:56.
Mile 9 I am doing everything that I can to just run a sub 6 mile, and my watch showed that I did 5:58. I get to the mile 9 marker 53:54. All I have to do it run a sub 6 minute mile and I have it.
Usually there are no turns on this course after City Hall, but because of construction in the Navy Yard there are a few turns the last mile of the race. Right after the 9 mile marker there was a left hand turn into the wind. This was rough and I noticed my pace was slower around 6:10. I wasn’t panicking knowing that the wind would be to my back the last half mile. After a couple of turns I try picking up the pace seeing that my lap pace is 6:03 and I feel my hamstring tightening up. I tried to keep my strides short and I work my lap pace to 6:00 with about ¼ mile to go. I see race clock in the distance and realize that it is going to be much closer than I expected. I gave it all I had but I couldn’t get my legs to move any faster. I finish stopped the watch and was shocked to see it said 1:00:00, my watch had me at a 5:58 last mile.
I was hoping that I stopped my watch a sec after finishing. I get my checked bag with my phone in it and it has a text with a screenshot from the wife with 1:00:01, WTF. I guess the mile 9 marker was off a bit, if I knew I was behind going into that last mile I think I would broke 60. I didn’t even vomit.
Running is funny, this may be as good as it gets and I am still not satisfied. I need to get through the next 2 weeks of training, I think I have shot at 2:55.
Now back to Boston tracking.