Sunday, May 11, 2014

2014 Gallop For The Greenways 5k

2014 Gallop For The Greenways 5k

2014 Gallop for the Greenways 5k
2014-time 21:07.9, Pace 6:49/M, Place 19/382 overall, 2/24 age group, 18/157 among men

 
Garmin Data: HERE
 
I approached this race with a lot of hesitance. I had already raced the Blue Ridge Half Marathon just 2 weeks ago, and the Trail Nut 10k last weekend...my body really needs a break from running for a good 10-20 days.

But the Gallop For The Greenways is for a good cause and I do use the Roanoke greenways so why not give it a shot? Besides, the pattern of 1/2 marathon, 10k, 5k was an intriguing method to come down off my current training peak with cutting the distance in half and doing no running between events.

Having done little to no training in the sub 7's since February, I wasn't looking to meet my typical 5k goals of a sub 20 or of finishing with a sub 7 pace. I even did a hard 1 hr 40 min elliptical workout about 3-4 hours before the race just to emphasize some pre race burnout so my expectations would be diminished thus sparing me any disappointment if I finished with a pace above 7.

I surprised myself.

Running 3 races in 3 weekends with 3 top-3 Age Group finishes was not something that seemed likely based on my current stats. I suspect I was somewhat aided by several luck factors such as the high number of races going on this time of year having a tendency to spread the competition out...still, I got what I worked for so I'm not diminishing the achievement.
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3 races, 3 weekends, 3 distances, 3 top-3 finishes.
 

Saturday, May 3, 2014

2014 Trail Nut 10k

2014 Trail Nut 10k
Results:
2014 Trail Nut 10k
2014 Time- 52:56.32, pace: 8:09/M, Place 10/138 overall, 2/10 Age Group, 9/61 Among Men

Garmin Data HERE 

 History
Trail Nut 10k
2010-
time 55:31.22 , pace: 8:56/M, Place 15/81 overall, 3/5 in my age group, 15/41 among men
2012-time 48:28.83, pace: 7:45/M, Place 5/111 overall, 1st Place Master, 4/47 among men (PR)
2013-time 2:47:05, pace: 25:42/M, Place 126/126 overall, 10/10 Age Group, 58/58 among men (Hiked)
The Race
I can't recall having ever taken a full week off all exercising since I started doing endurance sports, but preparing for the Blue Ridge Half was exhausting, so I thought "Why not?". I had no idea how my body would react to being pushed competitively after 6 full days of rest, so I was pleasantly surprised to come home from the Trail Nut 10k with the 2nd place Age Group medal.




I'm going to keep the summary short and sweet. As the race started, I quickly got shuffled into the 6th spot. Over the course of the race I got passed 4 times and I finished 10th overall. It was a beautiful morning. I saw and spoke with many familiar, smiling, happy faces and enjoyed being part of the great trail running community. 




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