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Post by EugeneRunner on Fri Jan 02, 2015 1:46 pm

This was my 7th time running this New Years Day race in the 8 years the race has existed.  This year was cold (about 25 degrees) but otherwise a nice day for running.  I really felt like I had a shot to crack 34:00 if I had someone to run with as my training has been pretty good.

Right from the start it was clear it would be a two man race.  The other guy (Miles) is way faster than me and both he and I knew that.  His brother and father are the two fastest milers in Alaska history and his mom ran cross country in college also.  Oddly he let me set the pace the first mile.  I wanted to hit 5:30 so I tried to ignore him and run my own race, although I was wondering why he wasn't leading.  First mile was 5:28, so almost exactly on target.  I felt fantastic, like I was just cruising.

Miles moved up and we ran together for a bit and then he moved just ahead of me and it was nice to let him set to pace for a bit.  I was surprised how quickly my running went from easy to pushing to hold pace.  At the 2 miles mark I learned why, as the second mile split was 5:23.  That doesn't sound like much of a difference from a 5:30 goal, but when running right on the edge of what my little old legs can are capable of, it was enough to put me in a bit of distress.

I had no choice but to let a gap open between myself and the leader.  Mile 3 was 5:34, but in spite of the slowing pace I was still struggling - way more than I should have still in the first half of a race.  But I still had a few seconds in the bank so sub 34 was still a possibility if I could close well.

A 5:43 4th mile put me well behind goal pace, and seeing the slow time woke me up a bit.  I had pre-planned to start by final drive at the 4 mile mark, so I made a surge to try to get back on target.  I managed a 5:28 5th mile, but by then my legs had nothing left.  I needed to run the 6th mile in no slower than 5:20 and still manage a kick.  But I was in survival mode an only mustered a 5:40, with no kick at all for the final 0.2 miles.

My final time was 34:21, which wasn't bad but not what I wanted.  The winning time was 33:51, so basically what I should have run if I had a better day.  I think I just came in a little tired, and I have to remind myself that this was literally just the first run of the year, and not a goal race.  Interestingly this was the 5th time in 7 attempts that I placed 2nd in this race - all 5 times losing to different guys.
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Re: First Run 10K

Post by Marc Thayer on Fri Jan 02, 2015 3:59 pm

WTG...absolutely incredible...might take a day or two to re-attach my jaw.

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Re: First Run 10K

Post by LMRun on Fri Jan 02, 2015 4:46 pm

EugeneRunner wrote: My final time was 34:21

Congratulations!  A time that most runners can only dream about.  Way to go! Smile

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Re: First Run 10K

Post by twal on Fri Jan 02, 2015 4:58 pm

Great job.

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Re: First Run 10K

Post by Gary E on Fri Jan 02, 2015 7:12 pm

I'm speechless! You can still maintain the speed of a 20 year-old.

While most of us are just trying to finish, you are constantly calculating pace and determining strategy for a win. If you ever "run" for office, my money is on you to succeed in a big way. I bet you are not a "laid back" kind of guy in your professional life, are you?
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Re: First Run 10K

Post by Dave Tuttle on Fri Jan 02, 2015 7:32 pm

Amazing!!!

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Re: First Run 10K

Post by DonSoule on Fri Jan 02, 2015 8:59 pm

Fantastic!!  Sounds like your back to racing form! Great performance - looking forward to hearing about your races in 2015!! cheers

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Re: First Run 10K

Post by Rachel August on Sat Jan 03, 2015 2:07 pm

Simply amazing!!!!

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Re: First Run 10K

Post by EugeneRunner on Sun Jan 04, 2015 2:26 pm

Oddly there have been several posts, at least one by me and I think one from Rachel that were on this thread but now have disappeared. So let's try this again...

Gary E wrote:While most of us are just trying to finish, you are constantly calculating pace and determining strategy for a win... I bet you are not a "laid back" kind of guy in your professional life, are you?

Not being a "laid back" guy in my professional life is why I'm on this board to start with. Allowing work stress to get to me is why I had my MI. I'm much more laid back now. But as an engineer and running coach, I do tend to be very analytical when it comes to running. Race strategy is something I've spent countless hours plotting and testing. In this race, as soon as I knew who I was racing against and how the race started to shape up, I quickly developed a plan to give me the best chance of winning. But I wasn't strong enough to put that plan into action, so I had to shift into racing for time instead of place.

Given how tough it is now to recover from a race, I'm thinking of not racing at all for a while to get in a solid block of uninterrupted training prior to a track 10K on March 6th.

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Re: First Run 10K

Post by bsegall2 on Sun Jan 04, 2015 3:09 pm

Very impressive!

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