Saturday, December 19, 2009

Lifetime Fitness Reindeer Run 5K Race Report

Overall Time: 20:14
Overall Pace: 6:31 (Garmin listed 3.15 miles, so Garmin pace was 6:26)
Average HR: 205 beats per min
Overall Place: 12th / ~900

Summary: Sort of hard course but a solid run. Probably gave a little more than I should have gave (95%) but all in all a pretty nice effort.

Long version: This morning I ran the Lifetime Fitness Reindeer Run 5K in Tempe AZ. It was billed as mostly a ‘fun run’ that drew a lot of families who either jogged or walked the race. In fact, they announced that they were treating it as a fun run and therefore it would not be timed and there would only be prizes for the top 5 men’s and women’s finishers. Bummer. I actually could have swore that I saw that this year’s race was going to be timed. (And super bummer that I would have certainly placed in my age group)

I got to the race rather early and was able to walk right up, sign up, and get my bib/long sleeve T-Shirt. I went for a very quick warm up mile and made my way to the start. I did a quick sizing up of the “competition” (no crazing running flats, not many people with those slit side running shorts, etc) and realized that I should start way up towards the front. No need to do more zigging than necessary.

The race started and I quickly passed most of the people who had lined up in front of me. While running on the Mill Ave bridge, I found my pace touching the 5:50s – wee doggies, time to slow down. With a race this short, I am always questioning myself on my quick start out of the gate. I eventually found a pretty comfortable pace around 6:25.

Like I said in the summary, the course was a bit challenging because of a pretty significant hill at the 3/4 mile mark. Looking back, I’m glad I started a little fast because that meant that my average pace was still on track. I crossed mile 1 in 6:32 and mile 2 in 6:26. But, by mile 3 I was starting to feel the lactic acid in my legs build up. (Really feeling that burn) I was actually passed by a guy who had left a little more in the tank than I had. Either that or he rode a moped for miles 1-2. As I look at my results, I guess I didn’t slow down a ton during mile 3 because I crossed the 3 mile mark in 6:24. I cranked out the last 0.1 and crossed the finish line.

One funny thing that I noticed was that the winner was one of “those guys” who wears the race t-shirt. Maybe I’ll start to do that to help me speed up:

Overall, I think that I probably left 15 or so seconds on this course and probably could have actually ran a 19:45 on a less challenging course. Of course, that is very easy for me to say sitting on my couch at home. That said, I’m going to have a pretty aggressive 5K goal for 2010. Stay tuned for my yearly “goals” post!

Finishing it out:


jeffg said...

Really good run for you! I'm impressed by your splits. Thanks for following my blog. sometime when your leg is broken we will have to run together.

Pat said...

you were smokin'!

I didn't realize that it was that big a race. 900 runners? Wow.

Reid said...

Nice running, Adam. I can't wait to see what your goals will be.

Jamoosh said...

Oh yeah, ancient running secret, unearthed on your blog. Running in the race shirt is good for at least five seconds per mile.

RunningLaur said...

Bummer that you didn't get an award, but the race shirt looks cool!

RunnuRMark said...

very impressive performance considering your return from injury status. You should be cranking out some blazing fast 5Ks by spring.

Bad deal about the weak awards lineup though.

The Sean said...

Nice Adam. Good Approach! Looked like the winner was pretty quick regardless of apparel.

Ulyana said...

Good job man! That's a great time given the break. Well, it's a great time even if you didn't take a break. And you look great - like a real runner! :)

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OhMyLaughter said...

Okay, I just wanted to let you know when I realized what you meant by "those guys" I laughed for a long time! Very funny!

At first I just thought you meant a guy wearing a past race jersey...but then I looked closer at the picture and he is in fact wearing the Reindeer Run T-shirt on the day of the race.

For some reason that's never been my thing either. The people who insist on wearing the race long sleeve T-shirt on an ironically hot race day always make me raise an eyebrow. Or two :-P

Michelle said...

20.14??? I love you!!!!

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