Sunday, June 7, 2009

Run For Vania 5K Race Report!

aka "Opps, I need a new summer goal"
aka "Arizona running is super fun"

I officially finished the 3.1 miles in 19:56 (6:25 pace). That is good for 11th overall place out of 149 and 2nd in my age group!

This race was a last minute add to my running schedule. I wanted to run a race early in the summer to set a baseline for my fitness to see how much I had improved during my training over the course of the summer. Well, that and I just can't get enough of those diced up bagel bits. Mmmmm. Like I said earlier, we all received an email stating that the race was going to be 3.44 miles long. I was honestly quite pissed. However, when we got there, they told us that it was indeed 3.11 (or, a 5K). It turns out that when they had went to click off the 'official' distance, a gate was closed. Now, how having a gate closed makes the race longer and not shorter - I'll never know.

My wife didn't come with on this race because it was SOOO early at a 6:30am start (I can't blame her a bit), so it was nice to fly solo for one. As a result, I was responsible for my own pre/during/post race pictures. I think that I got quite a few good ones. For example, here is a picture of the prerace crowd (about 30 min before the race started):

1st mile: 6:31
Since this was my first 5K that I've ran HARD, I wasn't quite sure how fast I should go out. So, I just decided to find a good group of people and run with them for a while. Hey they are:

2nd mile: 6:31 - how about some consistency!?
The second mile took us on a hard packed dirt path along a canal. I was able to hold my time and started to pass people. In fact, I passed all of the people except for one in the one mile picture above as well as this two mile picture below:

3rd mile: 6:22
I was starting to get substantially tired during this mile. I honestly wasn't sure how fast I was running, but I knew that it was fast. Possibly too fast? I was trying to hold a 6:40 pace throughout the entire race (which would have gave me ~21:00) but every time I'd look down, my watch would say 6:20. There were a few annoying (albeit small) hills (ok, not hills, maybe just mounds) along the lake, but I was able to grunt through them.

0.1 mile: 32 seconds. (Yeah, my garmin must have been a 'bit' long on those first three)
When I heard my watch beep at 3 miles, I looked down and saw that I was at around 19:20. "Oh shit" I thought to myself, "I am not only going to beat 21:00, I may beat 20:00!!" So, I essentially sprinted to the end to ensure that I would make it. The race clock said 19:55 when I crossed, but I'll admit that it might have actually been 19:56.

Here is a picture of me about 10 seconds after the race ended. I had to brace myself against a tree. When I pointed that out to my wife, she said "yeah, you normally have to brace yourself after a race". Yeah, after a race AND during "business time".

All in all, I am VERY excited about my finish. I was a full minute faster than even my best goal. The race was very well organized, was extremely punctual, and had great pre/post race organization. If this organization is what I have to look forward to with the Arizona Road Racers, I'll race every one of their events! The spread:


Rural Runner E said...

Sounds like you had a great race. Congratulations on the sub 20:00, that is an amazing time. I must say they had a great SPREAD for the post race fextivities.

Pat said...

Congrats on the sub 20. ARR events are always well organized and the table is always full of good eats.

I can't figure out what gate would be closed. Must be along the canal?

Sorry I didn't make it. I plan on doing ARR Summer Series #2 next Sunday. If you want to do it up in north Phoenix, I'll drive.

Chad in the AZ Desert said...

That is a fantastic finish! Great job on the sub-20.

That is pretty much the norm for the Arizona Road Racers. I'm a member (there are about 3,000 members). Some of the cool things are the Summer Series, where you get into all 5 events for 25 bucks, and the I-Did-A-Run 10k in September that is free to all members.

You are certainly going to have to set some new goals now. :-)

Lisa said...

Hi Adam, thanks for stopping by my blog. Whew, you're speedy. Congrats on the age group win!

aron said...

WOOOOOW! Congrats!! that is one speedy 5k! nice job :)

Michelle said...


AWESOME RACE AND how freaking fast are you buddy?

I am proud of your sub 20.00 5K time!!!

Ulyana said...

DUDE! Sorry I'm late with congratulations!!!! BUT - CONGRATS! 6:25 pace, sub-20 min 5K ????? Too awesome for words. I'm IMPRESSED!

Kelly said...

6:25 pace? You make me ill! But congrats anyway. You totally rocked it.

Nitmos said...

Congratulations...and way to get faster as the race went on! Sub 19 next? Great job.

sRod said...

Sorry, but every time you're written about this race my mind first reads it as "Run for Vagina." Which is wrong. I'm sure it's named after some very lovely person named Vania.

Congrats on the spectacular time!