>> Monday, December 05, 2011
Or, "Trying to Keep Up With Melissa."
Or, "The 'Eye-Opener' That I Needed."
25 laps on a 200 meter indoor track. Yep. It's as fun as it sounds. ;)
This was going to be my second time running an indoor 5000 meters - I ran my first indoor 5K about a year ago. Pharmie and Henry came with yesterday to cheer me on:
Watching from the edge of the track
Henry running a few laps!
I (apparently) gently caressed my lower ass on the way to the line:
Last time: I surprised myself at my first indoor 5000 meters. I went out hard, running my first 1600 in 5:20. I closed with 5:38 and 5:38 for a 17:17 overall time. I was THRILLED with that! (It was only 6 seconds off my 5K PR!) This time, I knew better. I haven't been doing much speed work, and I was hoping to "gut-out" a 17:30.
"Runners to the line... on your marks..." *gunshot*
Melissa and I jumped into 3rd and 4th, right behind Bailey and another speedy kid. Here we are just after the first turn (less than 100 meters into the race), and you can see Pharmie cheering us on with Henry in the Baby Bjorn off to the right:
Speedy kid and Bailey, and then me and Melissa
Me and Melissa after making the pass for 1st and 2nd
Me, Melissa, Speedy Kid, Bailey, and Paul (1st - 5th)
My guns passing Willie's guns (she's a speedy bodybuilder)
Still the same order for 1st - 5th
Me and Melissa
FIRST 1600: 5:38.
Melissa getting ready to pass me around the 1600 meter mark
Running by myself in 5th a lap or 2 later
New race order: Speedy kid, Bailey, Melissa, Paul, and me (barely visible)
A few laps later, speedy kid started to fade, so Melissa took the lead
(and I'm still back there in 5th)
I hit the half-way point (12.5 laps or 2500 meters) in 8:50. That had me on pace for a 17:40 finish. But I was sliding backwards.
SECOND 1600: 5:43.
Dying, dying, dying. I SERIOUSLY didn't know if I could finish without walking when I had about 7-9 laps left. Pharmie told me after the race that she could tell I was hurting. (But it WAS great to have her holding up Henry's arms every lap saying "GO DADDY!!" That was awesome!)
THIRD 1600: 5:47.
I almost never run consistently slower splits like this. This was an eye-opener. I have my "New Dad Winter Goal" of just "being fit," and I'm doing OK at that. However, I can't just "be fit" and expect to be able to bang out the short distance races in the speed that I had before I had a beautiful child in my life. I was a little disappointed in my time, but I now know better. I'm not going to change anything about the way I treat this winter; the only thing I'm going to change is my race attitude. "Your times won't be quite what you hope. Deal with it. Just have fun."
FINAL 200: 0:39.
Contemplating the sweet release of death while gasping for air post-race
5000 Meter Run
5:42.20 / 1600 meter pace
5:44.20 / mile pace
4th out of 16 overall
1st out of 4 in the 19-34 "open male" age group
Henry and I post-race (with my "vein of approval")
Photo of the 3 of us from Julie post-race
(Henry does this thing where he STARES at my hands like he's high)
Pharmie and one exhausted little man
Back with more photos of my friends racing shortly. Oh, and there MIGHT be a quick giveaway this week - I'm still working out the details with a PR firm. If there is a giveaway, it will probably be a 24-48 hour "quick" giveaway, so make sure to keep checking back!