Sunday, February 12, 2012

1st 5k of the season and long run addiction - It's BAD!

Chad and I spent the weekend in Gulf Shores, AL.  I wanted to run my first 5k of the season.  I've had 5 weeks of speed work so it was high time for a test.  The temps were cool Sat. am.  The winds were blowing more than I like, but you can't have everything.  As we started the 5k, the wind was in our face.  I was excited because we would turn, and supposedly finish the race with the wind at our back.  Nope, when we made the turn, guess what......the wind was in our face.  Weird!  whatever......    I enjoyed 1 strong gust at my back that actually pushed me up the road for a couple steps - woo hoo, but then immediately back to the headwind.   It could have been much worse, and overall it was a beautiful day at the races.

During the 2nd mile, I went through the whole, "this is NOT fun, why am I doing this, why do I think this is a fun thing to do on a Sat. morning" thing in my head.    The way I look at it, is this.... I have some races that I do not have these sentiments, but if I do not go through this scenario at some point, it most likely means I'm NOT "all out racing".  If I haven't had these thought go through my mind, I feel  I've most likely "left something on the course", I didn't give it 110%.   Today, it was definitely an all out HARD effort.  

So at the end of the morning, I finished with 3.11 on my Garmin and a time of 23:02.   You may recall, my last 5k was on Nov. 19th.  I ran a PR of 22:59.  I have to say, I'm happy with the time on Sat.  Yes, I once again missed a PR by a few seconds, but if I look at "MY" big picture this is what I see.   Some may see these as excuses.  I don't see it that way.  I've mentioned several times that I'm a realist.  So if I'm being "real" these are details that matter.  They are not excuses.  To me,  it's real data and explanation. 
*depending on the day, I've gained 3-4 lbs.  Yes, I did it AGAIN!  Crap!  that makes me REALLY angry, but it is what it is.  Luckily, I did read one article or in a running book (I can't remember) that it's not realistic to stay at "race weight" all year.  I'm happy to be racing again.  It helps with my motivation for portion control. 
*I ran 21 miles last Sat.  - not in the 5k plan (note the heading of this blog about the addiction)
*a little breezy

Later in the day, I emailed Robbie to ask her about online results.  We left soon after the race, so Robbie let me know that I won my age group, and that they had me at 22:37.  Ha ha!  yeah, I wish, and I think that is totally doable later this season, but I knew that wasn't even close.  I looked at the online results and Chad had his watch on the race too.  He had mentally noted the 1st male, 1st female and my time, and the online results for all were around 25 seconds faster than actual finishing times.   So I emailed the event timing company late on Sat. evening.  I started with,

So, I'm sure you've already heard, but I and several others had race results that were too fast.  I explained my time of 23:02 and they had me at 22:37.  I told him I was not complaining, but I wanted them to know for future reference.    The event timing company quickly responded with this shocking note.

 "Our starters passed the wrong start time, so we have adjusted the time to the official watch.  No one brought this up till now, so we didn't notice it.  Your time is corrected on the web now."

Now they have me at 23:01, yes, I will take that 1 second, but 25 seconds....come on people!  REALLY?
(I did stop my Garmin past the finish line - hence the 1 second difference)

I had thought I would just be reinforcing what MANY others had already told them post race.  I understand many runners are NOT "racing".  I also understand many are too new to running to realize they indeed did not run that fast, but come on.  Out of 329 runners in the 5k, am I really the only one anal who cares enough to bring this to the scoring companies attention?  It still shocks me today.  Y'all know who much I LOVE PRs, but really.....   thankfully the timing company didn't report "the JERK" that caused ALL of the times to be adjusted 20-25 seconds slower.  Bahahahahahah!

This morning I went out for a post race run.  I started out thinking I will run around 8-12 miles.  During the run I decided to run 17, I kept debating this in my head.  "Your supposed to be 5k training, yeah but it's such a beautiful day for a long run, and you do have either a half or full marathon (still deciding) coming up in March, a long run would be good for that.   But you are supposed to be focused on the 5k.   I may be racing another 5k next Sat. or Sun.  Focus, focus, focus on the 5k goal.  The weather is so nice.......  In the end, I talked myself into giving the attention to the 5k, and ended the recovery run at 8 miles.  
Yay me, for sticking with the plan.  

It's hard, this battle between distance and 5ks.

This is what I'm dealing with's rough to be me sometimes.......


HappyTrails said...

"... I've gained 3 - 4 pounds" - I think it's water retention - you're just bloated.... :-)

Jill said...

I WISH I only gained 3-4 lbs, I have something really weird going on with my body ... and I'm thinking a lot of it is age (gasp!!). Anyway, I used to run 5k's as a tempo type workout when I ran my first BQ race and I PR'd that 5K (22:07) and I SWEAR it was because of the increased mileage. Who knows, but that's what I think worked for me. I'd love to get back there again....but I'm not so sure I can anymore.

Keep plugging along, Ginny - you're getting stronger (and you have some valid disclaimers - not excuses :)).

Mudrunner said...

That was a nice post, thanks for sharing. Congratulations to all the participants for a great job well done and looking forward always for more updates.

mfranks said...

I'm proud of You. You have a big 5k coming this year! I would say, if the long runs keep you feeling good, keep running them. Are you still running Snickers?

Teamarcia said...

Sounds like a very strong effort on a less than optimal day. Your focus on sped is paying off! Can't wait to see what this year brings for you.

misszippy said...

What an honest girl you are! You're doing really well, and a few seconds will be yours next time.

Nothing wrong with a little distance love! I completely understand.

Marissa said...

ah, hang in there...we all have good times and bad. seriously though, i gotta get faster. i shouldn't focus on speed so much but your 5k PR is beyond amazing, mine is like 31;12. crazy!!! you are my added inspiration!!!!!!

Amanda@runninghood said...

I love that you just run the extra miles because you love it and not because you have to. I probably wouldn't be running 21 miles and 17 just because it felt good. Love this. And I love that you are all about racing 5ks when they terrify me. I'm still apparently not over my 5k racing issues. Nice job running happy and keeping life fun!

Scott McMurtrey said...

I bet they just thought their prayers were answered -- I think I've prayed a time or two to have my time miraculously faster than what I that it was. ;)

Jess A @cajunrunnerjess said...

You went out there planning to run 8-12 but then ran 17?!?! I am impressed!

Tasha said...

Wow! You were speedy at that 5k race! Way to go! I love it that you love distance running so much! How cool is it that you just decided to do 17 miles for fun?! So awesome!!!

{will run for margaritas} said...

Great race, and even if it was a a couple seconds off of your PR - you totally rocked that run! Ha, I love that you have a long run addiction - I wish I did, it would make marathon training so much easier :)

PS - did you ever get my email about the running shoes? What did you decide to do?