Tuesday, May 27, 2008


Racing is a hell of a lot more enjoyable when I can manage my expectations more reasonably. For example, had I told Eric that I was planning on running sub-19 yesterday, rather than 18:10, I would have been fine with my 18:44 result. Well, maybe not “fine” given that it was 52 seconds slower than last year’s race, but you get the idea.

I guess my main problem is that my 18:10 prediction didn’t really have any merit based on my recent training. Now that I’ve looked back at last year’s training, I see months of solid mileage, tempo runs, and intervals. It’s no wonder I didn’t run nearly as fast this year.

Probably what bothers me the most is how I proceeded to run 18:44. Normally, pacing in my strong suit. Instead, I ran like a high school freshman in his first race; 5:42, 6:07, 6:15, :40.

Really, 6:15? Heck, I averaged 6:16 pace for a half marathon last year.

I have a lot of work to do. Luckily Daniels’ marathon program focuses on the last 18 weeks leading up to the race. Right now we’re 19 weeks out from TCM. So I have 1 week to lick my wounds before getting down to business.

Finally, I've always said I should try to finish a season stronger than I started it. I guess I'm in a perfect position to make that happen. If I run any slower than yesterday, I may take up gymnastics or ice skating.

And just so you don’t think every 5K in the Twin Cities in won in 20 minutes, like the results I posted last week, here are the results for men and women.

Quote of the day;

“It’s not gymnastics or ice skating, you know.” – Emil Zatopek, when questioned about his agonized expression while racing


Adam said...

That might be the most loaded road 5k field in the state this year! How about the 218'ers coming down - I see Duluth, Park Rapids and Chisholm in the top 15. Looking down the results, I found another person who did a lot of skiing this winter and was maybe disappointed to be in the 18 minute group (#86). This guy (Chad Giese) is a National elite level skiier though.

Chad said...

Adam, yeah it's loaded. There aren't a lot of runners there but they're all fast.

I guess it's nice to know that I'm as slow as an elite skier.