Sunday, May 8, 2011

Mother's Day

Ran MD5K this morning and pulled off a PR by 8s (17:50). My last road 5K was the same race last year (17:58). I think I ran the race a little smarter than last year, which may account for the 8 extra seconds, but I'm hoping that it's actually better fitness. I guess time will tell. Most of the Dirigo guys were out for a training run and spectating and/or aged-up to M50-54 so I had what I think is my first ever age-group win in a road race. The first mile, which has a long downhill from the start, was right on target (5:45) but required a little squeezing through groups of young kids that went out too fast. Scott Hornney and I traded pulling on mile two (5:51), which was mostly a gradual climb and I guess about on target. Around Mile 2 I pulled a little ahead of Scott and Lonnie Renny pulled ahead of me. Mile 3 (5:42) is mostly gradual descent and I thought I could do this about 5-6s faster but I did manage to hang on to Lonnie pretty well. Sadly, I think the 5K is my best distance and I might actually race a couple more of these this season. I might even train for it by throwing in some faster speedwork. My groin hurts just writing that.

Time 17:50
Overall: 19/2459
Division: 1/76

But the really big news is...I did my first ever training run on a track this wednesday. I geared up to go to Back Cove for a cut-down but it was raining and I didn't feel like driving there so I went to the Falmouth Track instead! I don't think I'll make a habit of it. The Lacrosse team was practicing during my workout and I had lots of balls whizz past me everytime I ran one end of the track. I felt like I was in an arcade game.

Training week:
M Rest
T TMR TNR @TB 8.8 mi easy + 2X1/3 mi "sprints" (7:51)
W cut-down 3K + 1.5K + .75K + 0.375K @ 6:10 5:57 5:43 5:11, total 6.1 mi
T 8.1 mi road easy (@7:27)
F Rest
S 8.3 mi very easy Pineland (@8:51)
S AM: MD5K (17:50 5:45+5:51+5:42) + 1.7 mi wu
    PM: 8 mi road recovery (@7:50)

Total Distance: 44.2 mi
Total Time: 5:39:53

5 comments:

  1. Nice work. That's some decent speed for a guy who doesn't do speedwork.

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  2. Fast! It's something to age group at that big of a race.

    However, my favorite part of your post was the mental picture of you as part of an arcade game!

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  3. Scott, Lonnie, Renny, Jeff. Looks like I'm going to have to change my name to Minddy to get any faster.
    Psyched to see how fast you're going to blow up a 5k this summer!

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  4. Impressive man. Captain speedy! Congrats on your win, that is a fast, fast time!

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