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Forrest Duck Pro 121 posts since
May 6, 2009
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Aug 8, 2009 9:34 AM

I'm Puzzled


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 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?



Finish well!

  • spicegeek Community Moderator 2,563 posts since
    Jan 14, 2007
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    1. Aug 8, 2009 10:35 AM (in response to Forrest Duck)
    Re: I'm Puzzled


    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



    sleep levels



    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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  • cyndi t Legend 1,061 posts since
    Aug 11, 2008
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    3. Aug 9, 2009 4:25 PM (in response to Forrest Duck)
    Re: I'm Puzzled





    Yes I 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 explanation. so really great and some not so great.







  • cyndi t Legend 1,061 posts since
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    4. Aug 9, 2009 4:25 PM (in response to cyndi t)
    Re: I'm Puzzled


    and AWESOME job on your race....I hit post to soon!




  • actmanman Pro 47 posts since
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    5. Sep 30, 2010 1:08 AM (in response to Forrest Duck)
    Re: I'm Puzzled

    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.

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  • flamomof3 Legend 1,928 posts since
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    6. Sep 30, 2010 2:26 PM (in response to Forrest Duck)
    Re: I'm Puzzled

    Congrats on running a 5k without walking!

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