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Bring in Spring 5K

Post by EugeneRunner on Sat Mar 21, 2015 10:39 pm

With a major foot surgery coming up this Monday (March 23rd), I had run my last hurrah race 2 weeks ago. But then I ran across this Thursday evening road 5K, so decided to do one last race. I haven't been training so I knew my fitness was already declining rapidly from 2 weeks ago. But even if the surgery goes well, it might be a year before I'm back to racing again. Plus you never know if you will come back from foot surgery at all, so I didn't want to pass up the chance to do one more race.

For the last day of winter, the weather was amazing, and actually uncomfortably warm compared to what I'm used to recently at 75 degrees. This wasn't a huge race, at less than 100 people, but there were a few guys who I figured might give me a challenge. I went right to the lead, and a couple runners stayed close behind early on. But then I began to open up a gap. The mile was 5:11, which was quite fast but I was feeling great so I thought maybe I could hold that. I only slowed a little to 5:15 for the second mile, but I was fully anaerobic by that point and really struggling. I actually considered dropping out, but I had a pretty big lead. I've only dropped out of 2 out of 600+ races I've run, and both of those were extreme cases. Certainly you don't want to drop out while leading!

The last mile was pretty ugly, and it felt worse and a lot slower than the 5:26 split indicated. An attempt to sprint the last 0.1 failed, as my legs weren't really working anymore. The final time was 16:28, one second slower than last year's season best. 2nd place was 17:50, so I ended up winning by a comfortable margin. It seemed everyone struggled the last mile.

Now I'm targeting January 1st, 2016 for my next race, a 10K I typically run to kick off the new year.

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Re: Bring in Spring 5K

Post by Dave Tuttle on Sun Mar 22, 2015 4:54 pm

That's just phenomenal EugeneRunner!!! What kind of race could you have run if you didn't need foot surgery?

Good luck tomorrow and let us know how you're doing... There are several of us here who are currently recovering from injuries and surgeries so maybe we need a rehab thread to help keep us all from going completely crazy bounce

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Re: Bring in Spring 5K

Post by trishb on Sun Mar 22, 2015 5:05 pm

I am so glad you got that one last race in before the surgery.

That is a long recovery period, and hopefully you will be running fast and longer in 2016!
In the meantime, maybe there will be one person on this forum that I could beat. Smile

Best of luck with the surgery. Keep us posted.

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Re: Bring in Spring 5K

Post by twal on Sun Mar 22, 2015 5:15 pm

Good luck with the surgery.

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Re: Bring in Spring 5K

Post by jerseyguy on Sun Mar 22, 2015 8:22 pm

Those are amazing times. Can't imagine what they would be like with training. Good luck with surgery tomorrow.

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