Sunday, August 29, 2010

Beat the Heat 5K Race Report

Time: 28:33
Pace: 9:13
Place: 134/265; 7/30 age group


On Friday night, I ran the Beat the Heat 5K.  It is a fundraiser race that the local high school XC team hosts.  I'm not sure who in their right mind thought that it would be a good idea to have an Arizona race in August at what is usually the hottest time of the day....but they must have some connections with the big guy (John Candy - RIP) because the race has had rain the last two years and had 20 degree cooler than normal weather this year.

I was running this race with the normal Phoenix Runner Crew: RunningLaur, Rio, and JeffG.  Unfortunately, Jeff txted me 55 minutes before the start with "WTF? The race is tonight and not Sunday???"  I honestly thought that he was joking and was going to pop around the corner and de-pants me.  (That was what normally happened to me when I was in High School)  Turns out he wasn't kidding or going to de-pants me.  That didn't stop me from looking for him for 30 minutes.


I hate night races.  HATE HATE HATE.  Before a race, I'm usually nervous enough to create a diamond between my clenched butt cheeks.  As it is, with night races, I "get" to stew about the race all day long.  I'm bad about hydrating, resting, and my stomach is always a little off.  Fortunately, for this race, Lauren took me up on her offer to pace her.  To say that I jumped at Lauren's request would be like saying that Bozo the Clown was a 'happy' and 'just a little bit creepy' guy.  Check out her report here.

So, my race report is primarily from a pacers point of view.  This was her race - I was just there for the free T-Shirt, the free Fuze juice drink (along with Fuze drink girls!), and to run 9:15 min miles.

Mile one was a combination of dodging elementary schoolers who sprinted the first 400m and me doing my best to sprint ahead and get a picture of Lauren while we all had enough oxygen in our brains to know which was was forward.  My pacing strategy for this mile was to just act like it was a normal run.

I was only moderately successful in taking good pictures

Mile two's pacing strategy was to take her mind off of the oxygen debt that was starting to occur.  I did this with listing off the top 10 things that she should visit in Kansas City.  Random, yes.  Fortunately she is going there on Tuesday - but honestly that wouldn't have mattered.  (For the record, the Nelson Atkins Museum of Modern Art was on the list)

Mile three was spent one of two ways.  First, I continued to do all of the talking.  No more questions, just statements.  "10 minutes left.....you can do it" etc.  Lauren had previously said that she is a pretty good follower, so I spent around 1/3 of the mile about 10 feet in front of her pushing the pace.  Every 60 seconds or so I'd let her catch up, would tell a witty antidote (check the dude in the jean shorts!), and then would continue with the 9:15 pace as requested.

The result?  A new PR!  She crushed her "all time" PR by 25ish seconds and killed her "recent" PR by 1:30.  I can honestly say that this was one of the most fun races to date.  I was able to help someone achieve their full potential - which is what running is all about.

I will most definitely pace again - in fact, I think that I am going to look into pacing a full marathon.  If you know anyone who is a race director in one of the states that is white in the right bar let me know! How could I argue with these results?

29 comments:

Christina said...

That's awesome that she got a PR. She was probably trying to run faster to get away from you and all the talking.

Forward Foot Strides said...

Sweet, it must feel awesome to have been a part of her PR!

RunningLaur said...

I literally had to stop reading and laugh at the John Candy bit. AMAZING. Now to read the rest. Still laughing. Jesus, John Candy.

RunningLaur said...

Thank you again for pacing me - there's a huge likelihood that I would have bagged it at a few points in the race.
Marathon pacer here you come!

(IMS marathon is always looking for pacers to give free entries to if you want to drive to the lame side of the city when one of the best races of the year is happening in your backyard.)

Adrienne said...

Awesome. Cool that you helped her get a PR.

Jamoosh said...

I can only assume that a man of your worldly experience also recommended 75th Street Brewing in the Top 10 KC must visit locations.

64 CLASSIC said...

Great job on pacing. Its always great to help out another runner especially when it means helping them to achieve a P.R.

Its amazing how simply pacing and the pain distraction can pull you along to performances you didn't know were in there.

I have a running buddy who paces people all the time. I've tried to get him to pull me to a new P.R. but to no avail.

Julie said...

You are such a nice guy Adam! I love that you were able to help someone get a PR:) She must be thrilled!

You have sucha great personality and are super funny! You would be a great pacer for sure:)

mindakims said...

Minnesota-Team Ortho, Race Director Caleb Olson, they are a GREAT organization that puts on massive, fun races, and they are always looking for pacers. You haven't raced until you've raced a Team Ortho! (check 'em on facebook)

Laura said...

This is great...and why I love the running community and my run friends to so much.

abbi said...

Very cool that you helped her get her PR!

ShutUpandRun said...

Very cool about the PR!! Only next time I want her to help you get de-panted (that's a DP).

Pam said...

Come pace me in Vegas? *puppy dog eyes*

Emily said...

I love pacing friends! Especially during 5ks (which I detest!) Way to push her to a massive PR! I'm totally investigating where and when to pace a marathon. I think it would be a blast.

GeorgiaSnail said...

The entire SE portion of your map is white...we need to get you down to the "Dirty South" Pronto!

5 Miles 2 Empty said...

I've never done a night race...wonder if I would HATE HATE HATE it too?

Runners Fuel said...

Great race!!

Chad said...

Don't let Laur pick on the West Siiiiide. I won the IMS relay last year. That gets me a free entry to this year's race, so I'll be there!

Andrew Opala said...

interesting shuttle cock

antidote or anecdote?

Adam, if there was a Mother Teresa award for runners - you would get it!

Good Job RunningLaur!

Tricia said...

Can you pace me to a sub 4 marathon?

No? You don't work miracles?

Darn.

I will settle for you pacing me in a spaghetti dinner the night before. You did register,right?

Luke said...

Let me know if you are ever doing your evil Bob work in North Carolina, I need someone to pace me.

Jill said...

Awww, that's so cool that you reeled her in for a PR. I saw your time before I read the whole report and I was like HUH??? Now it all makes sense - you are a good guy!! :)

Spike said...

Excellent job as a pacer, but what is all this nonsense about hating night races?

kilax said...

When are you going to come pace me? :) Hee hee.

I have only done one night race... and they are more difficult to prepare for!

destinationathlete said...

Great job on pacing!!!

And while I don't know the race director - I would love if you could pace me at the Wisconsin Marathon next May!

Cynthia O'H said...

That was great for you to be the pace bunny. I've been thinking of doing that when I have more time; right now, my runs are limited so I have to make them work for me.

Zaneta said...

That's really cool that you helped her reach a PR!! :D

Her Name is Rio said...

You did a great job as a pacer! We need to get you some bunny ears! *high five*

Jeri said...

great job on pacing her to a PR! I also REALLY REALLY want to pace for a half marathon. Let me know if you get/figure out the hook up. I started making a list of races I'd want to pace for, but have stopped short there.... hmm.... maybe I should get back to working on that!