Saturday, November 03, 2007

Race Report: Health and Kinesiology 5K

ORN: 7 miles total; 5K in 24:29, 7:47/mile

The schedule called for another 5K time trial today. As both long-time readers of this blog know, the 5K has been my own “Moby Dick” in that it’s a distance I really don’t like and have not done well running. Yet the sustained speed work is vital if I’m going to even have a chance to do the
Rocket City Marathon in 4:15. All the formulae say I need to comfortably do 5K in 25:15 to be on that pace.
Conveniently, the Health and Kinesiology student club sponsored a race on the Purdue campus this morning and so there I was. It was one of those nice, small, local runs with maybe 120 runners. The course was on familiar turf, as the loop included part of my usual long-run route. Weather was perfect, sunny and high 40s. I donned my US Army PT gear, to honor both of my sons in the Army, and headed for the race.

For a Purdue grad like me, it was cool to have the start line right next to this relatively new statue of a Boilermaker, just outside the Purdue football stadium. The course was a simple loop and went smoothly.

I was most pleased that I ran negative splits. The miles went at 7:58, 7:46, 7:42 and the last tenth at 1:02, a 7:07 pace. Beating the target time by 46 seconds was fact I felt as if I could have done better. Yet, I felt in control and could gradually accelerate. I ran a half-mile cool-down just after the race and enjoyed the entire morning. I ended up 3rd of 9 in my age group, a better position than I normally run.

One fun thing was a conversation with a young couple before the race. In their early to mid 20s (hey, they all look awfully young to me any more), they had just taken up running and this was their first race ever. They ended up asking me all sorts of questions before the race and it was fun. In discussing shoes, I mentioned I had switched to some lighter shoes since “this was only a 5K.” The young lady’s eyes got big; “What do you mean ‘ONLY’??” I apologized for minimizing what felt like a huge distance to her. She wondered if she’d ever feel that 3 miles was short. After the race, I talked to them again. They were thrilled to have run the entire way and to have simply completed a race. It was really enjoyable to see someone taking up the sport and smiling.

Next Saturday, I go over the last ridge on the long hike to Huntsville, as a 28 mile training run is on the books. I’m looking forward to it.



david said...

Great Report. Looks like you are well on your way to a 4:15 in Huntsville. Hope the weather is a good as it was this am. It is only 35 days away!

WADDLER26.2 said...

Joe, Your training has been right on track. Take care on that last long run and you've got the 4:15.

Sarah said...

Nice job! I've always felt the same way about the 5k. I think I need to take a page out of your book! : )

Backofpack said...

Nice run Joe! You're getting quite speedy. It's so great to see you back on track and managing the old injury quite nicely. Way to go!

Darrell said...

This race was made for you Joe. What could be better than starting in Purdue in the shade of the Boilermaker and then running your regular course. You totally nailed it. Congratulations.

Looking forward to Rocket City!

Wes said...

Nicely done, Joe! You rock! Yea, I'm thinking you may have to run that 4:15 without me :-) LOL.... You are too fast for me!!

Lana said...

Hi Joe - Wes sent me a link to your blog - Awesome job on the 5k!

I will be at Rocket City this Dec too! Goodluck on your 28 miler - WHOA!

Jenny, Maniac #401 said...

Well done Joe! Those were some pretty fast splits! No run/walk there! That's okay. Will you plan on using the run walk to meet your 4:15 goal? What ratio? The 3/1 that you told me about earlier? Can't wait to here how your long run goes!

David said...

Your speed work is paying off. And so is the Army garb. :)
That'll help you in Rocket City. If you can knock out the 28 miler without crumbling you'll be golden. That's a true challenge. Speedwork is one thing. Durability is another. Somewhere perseverance has some influence.