Marathon Training Week 1:
An “Accidental” PR:
I haven’t race raced in over a year (NYC Half-Marathon 2012). Yea, I’ve run races… but I didn’t race them. If that makes no sense to you, think about the last time you’ve said something along the lines of “yea, I like him… but I don’t like him like him.” This is the running equivalent.
Actually, I once wrote a post about the difference between running and racing.
Anywho, I had no intention of racing the Portugal 5M. I wanted to be back in Central Park alongside thousands of runners, soaking up that “race day” atmosphere, and hitting my mileage for the first official week of marathon training… not focusing on a PR.
I didn’t wear my Garmin watch as I was trying to just “run by feel” as opposed to worrying about my time. I did, however, wear my Polar USA watch so that I’d know my approximate time when I crossed the finish line.
Since I don’t know my legit splits, all these are estimates based on the time my watch displayed at each mile marker:
- Mile 1 = 9:30 min/mile
- Mile 2 = 9:20 min/mile
- Mile 3 = 9:10 min/mile
- Mile 4 = a lot faster
- Mile 5 = a lot faster than mile 4
I don’t know what happened. Actually, I know exactly what happened…
I got to mile 3, realized that a PR wasn’t out of the question, and got super competitive with myself. That last mile? I wanted to crawl to the side and dry heave. Ya know what I kept repeating? It’s supposed to hurt.
I finished in 44:30, an 8:54 pace. A new 5M PR and my first race with an average pace below 9 min/miles.
Damn I hope this can continue throughout training so that I can kick some major marathon butt in Chicago this October. And if that doesn’t work out, I always have my fallback sport:
How competitive do you get during races?
Are you as awesome at football as I am? Because I doubt it.