Ultra Runner Trainee
So far, I've just been going by effort level, but I'll likely start using my Garmin more once I have more running/racing experience.
As you gain experience you should be using your Garmin less. Use your Garmin now to learn what various paces feel like and what efforts you can maintain for the duration of the race. As you gain experience lean on what you've learned of perceived effort and ignore the Garmin. The Garmin knows nothing about race day conditions, course, or how you're feeling that day.
2013 Goals: Mile - 7:45 (SB 7:53.74); Run first ultra marathon (Sep 21)
maybe I need to go run a 5k someday.
I got excited reading this stuff.
”Failing to prepare is preparing to fail.”
“Whether you think you can, or you think you can't--you're right.”
never runs the tangents
My 5k strategy is to dress too warmly so I'm burning up half a mile into it. Also I like to underestimate the amount of time it will take to get there, find where they've hidden the chip pick up table, then blindly follow the crowd to the starting line.
the race starts I take off like a crazy person with the form one might see in a young child doing a field day event
and run out of steam say a mile into it
since I'm soaking wet from sweating through layer after layer of warm clothing walking will give me an instant chill
then I take off like a crazy person again and eventually cross the finish line
It goes more smoothly when I have the dog because then I have to start in the back and maintain a reasonable pace.
Sometimes I forget I'm still awakeI fuck up and say these things out loud
DON'T TREAD ON ME
my 15 yo niece promised to coach me next week on how to get fast at the 5k.
I can't worry about other people during a race. Maybe it is because I'm not very competitive, but the only person I race against is myself. If I paid attention to any other runners I would probably become depressed and quit because I am slow and about 2/3 of the field probably passes me at some point haha....
This is the race strategy people in this forum helped me come up with:
First Mile- Run "comfortably hard" pushing faster than my easy pace but not so fast that it doesn't feel as if I could sustain it for 3 miles.
Check in with myself at first mile marker. Can I go faster? If yes push harder. If no, try to hold on.
Check in again at second mile marker. Same thing.
Last .1- Give it all I have left.
This strategy worked well for me at the last 5K I ran.
5K (6 total) PR: 28:16 (5/5/13) 10K (2 total) PR: 1:05:02 (5/19/13) 4M (3 total) PR:44:46 (4/7/13) [yet to "race" one of these all-out] 10M (1) 1:57:23 (6/15/13) HM TBD 10/12/13
NY Giants Run of Champions 5K 6/23/13
NYC Runs Firecracker 10K 7/4/13
Goal Race of 2013:
Baltimore Half Marathon 10/12/13
Smaller By The Day
I love all of these different strategies. There obviously seems to be more than one way to run a 5K...lol It seems like every 5K I run sucks worse than the last one, but for less time. Part of it is training, and part of it is just learning where that limit is.
Blueberry Stomp 5K (9/12) - 31:02
Feel The Learn 5K (10/12) - 26:58
Indianapolis Monumental HM (11/12) - 2:03:56
Run For The Heart 5K (12/12) - 25:48.48
Valpo Valentine's Day 5K (2/13) - 24:45.08
Chi Town HM (3/24/13) - 01:54:07.2
Dart For The Arts 10K (4/13/13) - 48:59
Delta Steel Run 5K (6/1/13) - 24:11
Indianapolis Monumental Marathon (11/02/13) -
100% correct. I ran a HM in November and got a surprising PR because I was willing to let my body do what it could do that day. OTOH, I have had a disappointing 5K and 8K recently because I just didn't race well those days. It happens. Had I ran what I thought I my best pace would be in that HM, I would have finished a couple of minutes slower and 4th in my age group. As things turned out, I won it. Had I run what I thought I should be able to run in those 5K and 8K races, I'd likely have blown up and posted an even worse time.
Short term goal: 2:59:59 (November, 2013)
Mid term goal: Any race over 80% of top AG standard
Long term goal: To say I've been a runner half my life. (I started running at age 45).
I guess I should clarify.
I'm currently not experienced enough to use my Garmin to connect effort and pace. But it makes sense that with enough experience, I should be able to connect effort and pace without my Garmin.
5k - 25:15 (11/18/12)
HM - 2:06:12 (3/24/13)
Everything you need is already inside. [[Bill Bowerman]]
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