Not a PR

But I'll take it :)

Woke up as late as humanly possible this morning and headed over to the Mom's Day 5k in Independence. Got in about an 11 minute warm up then changed and did some strides and lined up to start. I wanted to run either even or negative split but it is apparent that even after all these years I still have not learned how to run an efficient 5k. First mile felt strong and not too hard, 6:26. Ooops prob too fast but let's see if we can hold it. I am running with the 4th girl and with WV up through about 1.5 when they start to pull away and I realize I am slowing. 2nd mile 6:44. Just gutting it out now, my legs are tapped. Could have been the bike ride, could have been the white russians, but most likely the 6:26 is the cause.

In the last half mile or so I get passed by one lady who I should have just ran the whole race with and then I get blown away by this 12 year old girl. She must have been running under 6 minute miles the last half. She ended up in 4th overall for women, just over 20 minutes, taking home 3rd because #3 was masters winner. I held on to come in 7th female (1st and only 20-24 year old, lame) 21:21. 3rd mile was probably around 7:15.

So 6:53 pace and 24 seconds faster than last years Mom's 5k. It is always amazing how freaking hard a 5k can be. I mean when you get to mile 23 of the marathon you're thinking only 3 more miles, anyone can run 3 miles. But in that 5k it seems like each mile is an ETERNITY, despite the fact that you are running a minute or more per mile faster than in the marathon. If I could just learn how to hold back in that first mile I think it wouldn't feel so bad.

Went out for a bike ride after the race, just shy of 13 miles in about 45 minutes. BORING ride. The towpath was closed after like 1 mile so I just rode a bunch of short out and backs in this little Industrial Park Area. Not an ideal ride.

Got off the bike and ran 2.25 miles at about 8:15 pace. I think I may have gotten into some poison ivy. Not positive, I will post a picture of the suspect plant later. I showered in cold water as soon as I got home so I will keep my fingers crossed.

I have to do like 4 hours of work at some point today and I would like to get the car cleaned, dishes done, and house in order. I want everything set up so that I can start fresh this week, I need to be more organized and I just need to make sure that everything I have planned for a day gets done that day. No more make ups and having to catch up on all the house stuff on Friday evening. If all these peeps can train for Ironman and still take care of their families, work etc. than I can certainly get in the training for a half and do everything else I need to.

21 comments:

Tammy said...

Man, everyone and their dog did a 5k today. What was I thinking? haha. Congrats on the placement! :)

iliketoast said...

That sounds like you did it tough, a a good run anyway.

Let me know if you work out how to fit everything in, as there is always something that I haven't done come Monday morning.

backofpack said...

Nice run, even if it wasn't a PR! Then biking and more running? Wow.

angie's pink fuzzy said...

wow, great pace at the 5k! sounds like a busy day :)

Anne said...

It may not be a PR but it's still an awesome time. I hope that 12-year-old at least looked old for her age.

rice said...

Great run.

I dont' think there are ever enough hours in a day to get stuff done around the house.. They get taken up some where.

Cheers.

Rice

qcmier said...

Great race!!! Could you lend me some of that speed?

Cliff said...

Good run..gez 12 yr old ..FAST...it is funny how shorter distance can be harder. I would rather go long. 1/2 mara is my strength. Too short i can't keep it up.

Ginger Breadman said...

Funny how a 5k pace plays with your mind - you said it felt like an eternity, and in reality, you were going so much faster.

Don't worry about all the stuff - it'll get done when it gets done. In the grand scheme of life, it's all good. You ran and biked, right?

Jay T said...

That's a very impressive time, even if you didn't get your PR. Just learn the lesson from this race and you'll get your PR next time.

Papa Louie said...

My new mantra is NOT to beat myself up over a seemingly fast first mile in a race. With all the excitement and adrenalin the first mile will always go fast. What's important is to concentrate and focus on what is left not on what happened the first mile. It's working for me!!
Don't be afraid, just RUN!!

A. M. Mericsko said...

I think you ran awesome!

Jessica Deline said...

So true about how hard a 5K can be. I was thinking how easy and short the 4 mile downhill section was in my race Saturday - yet the last half mile of my recent 5K last forever... Good job on being first in your class ;)

Black Knight said...

You are really fast!!!!

DaisyDuc said...

21:21, pretty darn good even if it is not a PR! I often find that those short 5K's can really kick my butt!

I always go out fast. I am not sure if I could do a 5K with negative splits any faster or not though. I often wonder if slowing down the first mile would result in a slower time than me just going out how it feels natural.

brent d. said...

Don't you just hate it when kids beat you!??! I've had several finish line sprints just so some little punk wouldn't beat me.

But don't beat yourself up. That was an awesome pace AND YOU GOT FIRST IN YOUR AGE GROUP (even if you were the only person in your age group)! That's all that matters!

Liz, how'd you do?
1st in my age group!
Awesome!

(see how cool that makes for after race conversation?)

Scott said...

Congratulations on EVERYTHING that you did accomplish. Awesome 5K! The things you didn't get done will wait.

Nobody ever died from a sinkful of dirty dishes.

robtherunner said...

Nice job on the 5K despite slowing down a bit. 5K's are tough.

Rae said...

Great job!!! That's so awesome. I'm also really glad we're still in separate divisions, maybe that will help me in this year's BRPTurkey Trot!!

I think a 5K is infinitely more difficult than a distance race!

E-Speed said...

LOL Scott a sinkful no but a kitchen full?

Lana said...

That's an awesome 5k time Elizabeth! I ALWAYS start too fast. It's so hard to hold back during that distance because there's not alot of time to make it up at the end.