>> Tuesday, January 04, 2011
It just sounded too crazy NOT to try: a 5000 meter run on a 200 meter track. That's 25 laps. Sign me up.
Sean and I were going to both race the 5000. He had just hurt his foot a little, so he was going to treat it like a hard tempo run. Here we are before the start:
Sean and I lined up with the 17 others racing the 5000. You can see us just left-of-center:
The good news was I could take as many splits as I wanted to! The bad news was that 25 laps sounded depressing! I settled on taking my 1600 splits (8 laps), but I knew I might be looking at my watch every 400 (2 laps). The 19 of us gathered near the start, worked our way up to the line, and waited for the gun. Sean and I shook hands and wished each other luck.
"To your marks....." BANG!
(You can see the smoke by the gun)
He just pulled away after this.
Another few laps into the race.
Making a pass after a few more laps.
When I ran past Pharmie after 4 laps (800 meters), I saw the clock read 2:30. Yep, I was running 5:00 / mile pace. Sh*t. Remember my worry about going out too hard? Yep, I was going out too hard. I tried to ease up a bit and let the speedy 18-year-old go. As I ran past Pharmie, I said "I'm going too fast!"
Passing a group, and shooting Pharmie a little grin.
Sean workin' it!
Taking my split after the first 1600. Yep, the clock reads 5:19.
Coming up on Kirt, checking the time.
More passing a few laps later.
Here's a photo of me at the end of the line, coming to the 3200 meter point (2 miles). I was still running in second, and first place had just lapped me - first place is wearing the dark jersey in the middle of this pack:
Around 8 laps left.
I just passed the guy behind me, and he stayed on my heels!
A few laps left. Guy in white still on my tail. Still feeling "owww."
Taking my third 1600 split with ONE LAP LEFT! Major owwww.
The next series of photos are all just a few seconds apart in real-time:
Final kick on the outside.
Awkward finish. Awesome. (And that's my "lap counter" on the left.)
Just let me catch my breath...
"... Go Sean! Nice work!...."
*huff* *huff* *cough* *huff*
...I feel like hell....
5:33.9 / mile
2 out of 19 overall
1 out of 4 in the 19-34 age group
• First place (the speedy 18-year-old who nearly lapped me twice) finished in 16:10. Good God.
• This was my second fastest 5K time ever! That shocked me a little! But Pharmie had told me before the race that I was going to surprise myself. How does she always know?!?
• Having to do 25 laps wasn't as mentally draining as I thought it was going to be. Maybe I had psyched myself up enough that doing the actual race wasn't that big of a deal. I think it also really helped that I broke it into 1600s like most people would during a normal 5K.
• I think I turned in a better-than-expected time because there was no place to let my mind wander. It wasn't like a normal 5K where maybe between miles 1 and 2, there are just a few spectators. There were people to push me (spectators and runners alike) the ENTIRE time.
• This was a Charities Challenge race, and they have 2 more indoor track meets coming up over the next month (with "normal" track events like the 60, 200, 400, 800, mile, etc). Check them out if you're interested.
I caught my breath and cheered for the rest of the runners. Pharmie and I cheered Sean to his finish:
Thanks for volunteering and helping out, Mary!
Sean and Pharmie post-race.
Back with a "2010 in review" post shortly.