Sunday, May 2, 2010

Race Report: Tempe Arbor Day 5K

Distance: 3.1 miles (Garmin 3.29....)
Time: 21:35 (Honestly, I think my time "should" have been around 20:30ish)
Place: 15/521. AG: 12/186 (My "age group" was 18-99 years old)

Update: I received an 'official' email from the Race Director that stated that the race was indeed 3.28 miles (5.28 km). So, using the same 5K measuring stick, I'd say that a 20:30 finish is not too bad all things considered.

On Friday, Running Laur, Jeff, and myself all ran the Tempe Arbor Day 5K. I didn't post the race report for this race yesterday like I had originally planned because I wanted to let it simmer. Like fine wine, sucky races need time to age and mature - lest I drop TOO many F-bombs during the race report (like I did during the race).

The Tempe Arbor Day 5K was a benefit to plant trees in the Phoenix suburb of Tempe. Since the entire race was to benefit trees, I figured that I'd give some love to the trees as well.
I think we both felt "funny" afterwards

The race had a GREAT turnout - twice the number of people that they expected. As a result, the announcer went from promising that "a tree would be planted for every finisher" to "a tree would be planted for every 2 finishers". Gotta love the media spin.


After a bit of a delay to sign up the few last day-of registers, we were off. Because I had warmed up with a mile jog before, I knew that I would have the wind to my back at the beginning of the race and needed to make sure to use it to my advantage.

Mile 1: 6:08

Here I am at around the 0.5 mile mark, in approximately 12th place.


Mile 2: 6:45
While the first mile seemed to zoom by, the second mile certainly did NOT. Honestly, the reason why this race wasn't a good one is probably because of the second mile. There was a pretty gusty wind that blew into my face, there were 2 hair pin turns (out of 4 during the race), and there was a fairly decent sized hill. I punched it as much as possible but didn't have much spring in my step. The fact that I haven't done any speedwork in 6 months or so was certainly showing. The other thing that was showing was the spit on my shoulder. I tried to spit to the side but with the wind it landed directly on my shirt. Awesome.

Mile 3: 6:48
I honestly don't remember much about this mile, but I do remember that I picked up a LOT of speed once I got out of the wind. My splits got back down in the 6:20 range (which just goes to show how slow the first chunks were).

Extra 0.29: 1:51 (6:20 pace)
So much happened during the last part of the race that it deserved its own section. There was a bit of confusion around one of the hair pin turns and I accidentally ran past it a bit. I MIGHT have accidentally said a swear word directed at the SUPER friendly volunteers. For that I am honestly very sorry. Unfortunately, I lost two places overall dropping from 13th to 15th. Not a big deal in the grand scheme of things.

When I finished, I found out, they were giving away full sized Chipotle burritos. While I immediately grabbed one, I soon realized that there is no way that I would be eating it ANY time soon. I normally sweat when I eat hot food, and It seemed like I was doing enough of that already.
Not even burritos were spared from my lovin'. Fortunately, Jeff was spared....this time.

I stumbled wandered around a bit and watched Jeff and RunningLaur finish. They both looked strong at the finish, but agreed that a shorter race course with less hair pin turns (and wind) would have been better.

Overall, it wasn't a good race but it was still a fun experience. AND, it was certainly a learning experience. I learned:
  • Not running any speed work for 6 months is not conducive to running a fast 5K
  • I need to work on my core. The day after the race, my stomach was SORE
  • Even though the race was long, everyone ran the same course so I suppose I shouldn't complain
  • While hugging trees, be careful to not get splinters in your crotch

21 comments:

Julie said...

Hi Adam,
Nice job on your 5K! I love the pictures...especially of the one with you hugging the tree:) I had Chipotle after my race today too! Mmmm...good stuff!

ShutUpandRun said...

mmmm Chipotle. Obviously this race needs a "no humping" sign. Poor tree. Congrats on a fast finish!

Pam said...

It is SCARY how similarly we think! When I saw that picture, my comment was going to be "Be careful with that tree lovin'. You'll get splinters in your tallywhacker." How disappointed was I to see that you covered that in your last bullet?!

Barefoot AngieB said...

Thats super fast for not having done speed work lately! Gotta love those trees :)

wendy_kresha@charter.net said...

That sounds like a CRAZY course! Add the wind and you really have to give yourself a break, you actually had a really great pace and time (especially for not doing any speedwork!) And look at the bright side, at least the frosting and ice cream did not make a reappearance, that would have have been so much more gross than the spit and I'm guessing it would have caused the guy behind you to shoot some f-bombs your way : )

Her Name is Rio said...

With all the affection you're giving that burrito, the tree is gonna get jealous! Despite the challenges- you made a mighty fine showing!

MCM Mama said...

You write a pretty good race report - even when the race actually happened. LOL

Good job on the race, even if you weren't happy with your speed.

EZEthan said...

sounds like a tough one... judging by your finishing place I'm sure everyone else running suffered from the wind as well! Good race...

Johann said...

Great run and great pics! I ran an arbor day race last year and we all received a small tree at the finish. Luckily every finisher got one, not every 2nd finisher...

Ace said...

Great race. I think you would have been faster if you pounded a couple burritos during the race. Gotta fuel the machine!

Running Through Life said...

Adam great job on the race. You certainly are speedy. Even though you didn't do as well as you would have liked, I think you did great! I hope you get those splinters out without too much pain.

Cynthia O'H said...

Great job on the 5K. I've also had a winter off speed work and it is hurting my times right now.

Start doing those push-ups to build that core. It will make a difference.

Jamoosh said...

That might be the first time I have seen someone getting sexual with a burrito...

kilax said...

Oh gosh. I know someone who ran a race where the volunteers told them to go the wrong way and they still got first but it added 30 secs on to their time. Sigh.

You still did great though! MAN I could go for a Chipotle Buritto. Nom.

So they are planting less trees since more people registered? Am I misreading?

inspiREDtorun13 said...

Not that my "speed work/fast pace" is anywhere in the neighborhood of yours. But I hear ya! I know I've lost speed in the past month from having to decrease my mileage and avoiding full out sprinting at the ends of my runs like I was before my hip flexor/IT band were giving me trouble. I'm thrilled to be running again but frustrated that I'm going to have to work to get back to where I was. What was effortless/auto pilot for me isn't so much anymore. Meh.

Anyway, your pictures are funny! And you still ran real fast. But I know what its like to know you could have gotten a faster time pre-injury.

Pam said...

@Jamoosh - Seriously? You obviously don't watch enough Mexican porn.

Glenn Jones said...

Great race effort Adam. Now - I take pictures and video beause I that slow. But you? 6 minute miles *and* snapping pictures? You're much more coordinated than I!

Mel-2nd Chances said...

cringed at the splinter thing :) hahaha. Great job on the 5k!!

Jill said...

Wooot, nice job, Adam!! I had to laugh at the no speed work in 6-months producing not fast 5K times....so true!!! Yum, Chipolte!!!

Jill said...

Oh, but nevertheless, great job on the run!!!! :)

EricaH said...

Nicely done sounds like a pretty nice run all things taken into considerations and thanks for the splinters in the crotch tip when I read that i thought to my self huh, I guess I could see how that could be a problem. :)