Terrier tracks: Race report - Malverne 5k

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Personal Records
  • 1 mile - 7:20 - October 11, 2008 - St Clement Long Stride - Jamaica, NY
  • 5k - 25:35 - June 1, 2008 - FPYC 25 Furlongs (5k) Race - Floral Park, NY
  • 4 miles - 33:32 - December 3, 2006 - Fly With the Owls 4 mile Run - Lynbrook, NY
  • 5 miles - 42:50 - Apr 27, 2008 - Alley Pond 5 Mile Challenge - Alley Pond Park, Queens, NY
  • 10k - 55:11 - May 19, 2007 - Healthy Kidney 10k - Central Park, NY
  • 15k - 1:39.28 - March 11, 2007 - Colon Cancer Challenge 15k - Central Park, NY
  • 10 miles - 1:38.28 - May 25, 2008 - Long Beach Trophy Run 10M - Long Beach, NY
  • Half Marathon - 2:05.48 - July 27, 2008 - NYC Half Marathon - New York, NY
2009 Races
  • Feb 21 - GLIRC 3 x 2 Trail Relay - 17:20 for my 2 mile leg
  • Mar 1 - Coogan's Salsa, Blues & Shamrocks 5k - 26:29
  • Mar 15 - John Corrigan 4 x 2 Relay - 16:21 for my 2 mile leg
  • Apr 11 - Scotland Homecoming 10k - 56:37
  • Apr 26 - Alley Pond 5 Mile Challenge - 47:44
  • May 16 - Healthy Kidney 10k - 57:13
  • May 27 - LIRRC Summer Series 5k - 27:17 - 1st in Age
  • May 30 - Japan Day 4M - 35:28
  • June 7 - Mini 10k - 57:31
  • June 10 - LIRRC Summer Series 5k - 26:57 - 3rd in Age
  • June 24 - LIRRC Summer Series 5k - 27:18
  • July 1 - LIRRC Summer Series 5k - 27:30 - 1st in Age
  • July 4 - Oakdale Firecracker 5k - 26:28
  • July 5 - Massapequa Firecracker 5k - 26:42
  • Aug 16 - NYC Half Marathon - 2:07:58
  • Aug 26 - LIRRC Summer Series 5k - 27:32
  • Sept 12 - Ocean to Sound 50M Relay - 5th leg - 55:56
  • Oct 4 - P.O. Gary Farley 5k - 27:16
  • Oct 11 - Get to the Point 5k - 26:46
  • Oct 25 - Totten Trot 5k - 27:09
  • Nov 8 - Blazing Trails 4-Autism 4M - 36:16
  • Nov 15 - Mineola Mustang 5k - 27:34
  • Nov 22 - Great Prostate Cancer Challenge 5k - 27:29 - 3rd in Age
  • Nov 27 - Run Your Turkey Off 4k - 20:56 - 2nd in Age
  • Dec 5 - Seaford Hot Chocolate 5k - 27:15
  • Dec 13 - TRRC Couples Race - 1st leg - 18:21, team: 32:41
  • Dec 19 - Ho Ho Ho Holiday 5k - 28:11
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Sunday, October 23, 2005
Race report - Malverne 5k
The weather all weekend was awful. Rain yesterday with occasional downpours. I had pretty much decided that I wasn't going to participate in this race. But then I woke up this morning at 6 am to walk the dog. No rain. It was pretty chilly, but no sign of rain.

I busied myself with trying to figure out what to wear. I still don't have a lot of clothes, and almost no cold weather gear. I did get a pair of running tights, but the forecast said the high would be 60 F and I thought that might be too warm for tights. So, shorts were a definite. The top would be a problem. I have some nice singlets, but I knew that wouldn't be warm enough, especially at the beginning of the race. When I bought the tights from Sierra Trading Post I also picked up a jacket and a top with 3/4 sleeves, both made from wicking fabrics, just because they were pretty cheap. I decided that I would run in those, although I hadn't run in them before (usually a no-no).

After a light breakfast, I drove to the race location. A bit of confusion as the race information said that the race was at the Malverne High School, but the packet pickup and the starting line was across the street at the Middle School. The high school would be the location of the finish line.

I have been thinking for the last few weeks that my training runs have been too fast in comparison to my race times. But I have been running easily and not feeling like I was going too fast. I thought perhaps I wasn't really pushing myself as much as I could during the races. I decided to see if I could go faster and planned on increasing my race pace by 30 seconds per mile to see if I could last the whole race. I didn't have anything to lose - the course was supposed to be fairly flat and the field was pretty small. I have noticed that these small local races attract a lot of kids and teenagers. Most of them aren't runners, but rather students at the schools affiliated with the race. They go racing off too fast at the start and you see them sprawled all over the course after the first mile or so. This creates races that are great for the beginner's ego. My modest times place me way up in the finish since the serious runners are really only a small part of the race.

I took off at the start at about a 9:50 pace. After the big group in front took off, I settled into a steady comfortable run. It was pretty cold and the jacket was getting in my way a bit (must get a long sleeve race top) but my legs warmed up after the first half mile and I checked my watch. Whoa! I was running at around 9:10! I still felt good, so I didn't slow down. At the first mile marker the clock said 9:20. This was going well - I just might get a personal record

Mile 2 found me passing a lot of the kids. I still felt pretty good, except for my hands being freezing. I now know why I see the marathoners wearing gloves in relatively warm temperatures. Must get me some of those, too. The clock at the two mile mark read 19:10. Quickly, do the math in my head. OK, I'm on a 9:35 pace - not bad, but I've slowed a bit. Check with the body...nothing hurts, breathing good. OK, pick up the pace a little.

When the watch says there is about a quarter of a mile left, I decide to go for broke. I still feel good and I start to pass runners. The course turns into the playing field behind the high school. Now we're on grass and I'm a little concerned I might slip. Watch the feet. I look up as I approach the finish line. It looks like it says 29:30 - that would be a fantastic time. But wait, as I get closer I realize that the second number is an 8. What!!! I rush towards the finish line to try and beat the clock. 28:57!!!! OHMYGOSH!

I was floating. I think there was a grin about a mile wide on my face. I didn't care how many people finished in front of me. I beat my PR by over a minute! After I wandered around in a daze for awhile, I started to think that I might actually have an age group placement. Like I said, there weren't too many older runners and I might get a placement just because there were fewer than 3 in my age group. So I wandered over and checked the finish order as it was posted. I finished 62nd with a pace of 9:19. Skimming the age/gender listings I think I finished 4th in my age group. I stayed for the award ceremony, which was the fastest one I've seen so far. They only announced the first place in each age group. I'm not even sure they announced the first three finishers overall. So, until they post the results online somewhere I can't be sure what my age placement was, but I'm too busy floating through this day to care.

Keep running!

posted by DebbieJRT @ 2:53 PM  
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