First, let me celebrate a little. I completed my first 5k with 100% running! Hooah!
Two weeks ago I new I was very close to accomplishing that, but a couple of hills got the better of me. So, that was my goal this morning...run the whole thing.
Here's the puzzle. You can see below that I finished in about the same time as I did two weeks ago. I figured that without the walking my time would take care of itself, hence the goal of finishing in 31 minutes. I was sure disappointed when the clock came in view and it was already reading 31+ minutes.
I felt like my pace was about the same as the last race, and I concentrated on maintaining my pace and resisted speading up until the finish was near. Logically, it seems that I kept my pace too slow, but it just doesn't add up in my mind.
Has anyone else experienced this?
Was this a chip timed ( start and finish mat ) race ? It easy to gain or lose time at the starting mat
Was the course the same ?
Many thing effect performace
Your nutrition and hydration the day before and the day of the event
environment - heat , humidity, hills
mental - at you in the zone
Walk breaks don`t slow you down that much especially if they are short - and you tend to set off at a quicker pace at least for a min or so after the walk break becuase your heart rate has come down - I will always do better on a 10K if I stop for water at the half way point
NYC Marathon Nov 1 2009 - 4:03:13 ( 9:17 mm )
NYC Half Marathon Aug 16 2009 - 1:55:38 ( 8:49 mm )
1 mile - 7:07 10K - 52:58 ( 8:32 mm)
4 mile - 31:35 ( 7:53 mm) 8K - 42:28 ( 8:32 mm)
15K - 1:22:02 ( 8:49 mm)
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You reminded me that I opened a thread a couple of months ago that asked whetherfaster race times are achieved by running at a slower, steady pace or at a quicker pace that requires walking rests. If this works, here is that thread: http://community.active.com/thread/65753/to-walk-or-not-to-walk/0/0
My theory at the time was that a faster pace with rests nets a quicker finish. My times might bear this out, because I PR'd in every 5k until July's 32:12 two weeks ago.
Anyway, to answer your questions...........
1) Both races were chip timed, but no starting mat
2) 1st course - somewhat hilly. 2nd course - a level as can be found in Knoxville, slightly more downhill out, slightly more uphill coming back, easy grades, but one is rather long.
3) Both days were warm and humid
4) Mentally, I would say sharper today because I fully expected to run the distance
5) Nutrition, hydration, sleep - all about equal
Thanks for your thoughts.
Yes I have...no matter what I do I seem to run pretty close to the same pace in a race. I'm not really all that great of a racer because I get over excited/nervous (performance anxiety) but I do try to push myself and whether I walk any, run it all, have hills or no hills, I still seem to run the same pace (which by the way is slower than my pace at home). I'm training for my first 1/2 and hope that the extra work I'm doing for that will help me break my pattern but I've also found that sometimes the runs are just what they are....no explanation. so really great and some not so great.
TRUST THE TRAINING!
Thanks for sharing these treasured memories with us. It's hard to believe that Gefen has been gone a year already...Wow. It's also sad that so many vilified this man to try & make a name for themselves, after all he was just a human being like the rest of us & we all make mistakes, we just don't have millions pointing them out to us.