The one thing besides injury that runners seem to fear is bonking. And it’s supposed to happen in the long-ass distances. Before today, I only experienced it twice…during the infamous 2007 Queens half, and at mile 14 of a 15-mile training run 3 years ago. I somehow escaped the marathon unscathed. But who’d ever heard of bonking in a 10K? I defined that today at the Healthy Kidney 10K…splits tell the story!!
9:01 (started the decline here…)
8:28 (sorta saved by cat hill downhill)
8:40 (the last mile of the race didn’t motivate me as much)
1:45 (neither did that last uphill)
wound up with 52:16 (8:25 pace)…5K splits of 25:21/26:55. Oy. A 1 1/2 minute positive split.
(For the record-Mr. Garmin said I actually did 6.35 miles at an 8:13 pace. It’s so funny…when I met up with some of the Flyers afterwards…seems like *everyone* has a Garmin!! And another teammate’s Garmin measured 6.35 too…)
In a nutshell…my legs kinda felt weak from the beginning. They just didn’t have the same bounciness they had at Broad Street, or the last 4-miler I did. Still, was hoping to maybe negative split…but things just felt like they shut down on mile 4…it was like I could see the mile marker, but I just could not get there. Couldn’t get my legs to push hard for the rest of the race-so by that time just decided to quit trying to race and do the best I could…whatever it was.
I think what happened was a mishmash of things…
- Am I still not completely recovered from Broad Street? I think I am not, considering the effort I gave there.
- Still feeling the afteraffects of Wednesday’s workout? Perhaps, which leads to…
- Was Thursday’s run not a true “recovery” effort? Probably, I should have been doing closer to 9:30-9:45s to really recover. I think going forward, any Thursday runs will have to be done solo…
- Had I put on weight in the last 2 weeks, therefore slowing me down? It’s possible.
- Was it the crowds? Actually no!! I actually think the corral system really worked. I just feel bad for those in the corrals behind me that had to go around me because I was having a bad day!
- The weather? Yes. Even though it was a cool 50 degrees, apparently it was 80% humidity…and the sun was STRONG! Not a good combination for me.
- Did I eat enough? I’m not sure…been feeling a little “off” the last coupla days-it’s seemed like I’ve been full after smaller portions. I did have my usual “before race” food, maybe not enough yesterday…
- Was it pacing? I don’t think so…under normal circumstances, I’d say I was “right on pace” for the first coupla miles…maybe even a little conservative.
- Was it the calf? Nope-thankfully, no body parts were causing me pain. Not even a dreaded sidestitch.
- Was it the course? Good lord, it seems like Central Park got hillier in the last 2 days. Yeah, it was like mountain climbing compared to Broad Street, but I don’t remember the 4-milers being this hard!
- Was it the distance? 10K is a weird distance for me. Not really feeling the love for it right now…after mile 1 I had the “I wish this was over” thought again. You can’t blast it like you could a 5K or 4-miler, and you can’t do the “slow down and pace” strategy that you can do in a 10-miler or half-marathon.
I’m not disappointed, I had my good race 2 weeks ago, and I’ll chalk this one up as a “practice race.” Means I got rid of all my strategic mistakes here and I got 3 weeks to get things right for the Mini 10K…
- Taking it easy the next 3 weeks, with the exception of the Wall Street Run. Meaning no speedwork the week before the race, and possibly skipping it the week of 5/26 too.
- Keep easy runs easy, and do recovery runs solo to keep them a true recovery effort.
- Make sure to get a long run of 8-10 miles in the next coupla weekends
- Don’t skip Harlem Hill…no wussing out and doing the lower 5
- XT at least twice a week
- hopefully lose a couple of pounds in the process
- pray that the weather on June 7th is more like 2006 Mini than the 2007 one.
And back on the topic of today’s race-I’m so glad the course record didn’t fall-no need to reward cockiness 🙂 “The course record is not that hard“…whatever!! Ritz still owns Central Park…