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Kidney 5K (and more about racing while aging)

There were many races to choose from today, including a trail 5K, two 5K runs across the river and one with a 7:30 am start down by the River. I chose the latter as I could use my Riverplex locker and then lift afterward.

So, I used my locker and ran a mile on a treadmill and then jogged about 10 more minutes outside prior the race; walked about 1.2 miles afterward.

Time: 25:45 via 8:13, 8:22. 8:21, 0:48. 60 F with a very light breeze. Place: 9 out of 105 finishers and 2’nd in 50-59. The winning time was a pedestrian 21:15…no, this wasn’t a 100 degree day, no 10,000 feet altitude, not a trail, pancake flat. It was just that the running talent was very diluted.

Going in, I felt heavy legged….AGAIN. I am not recovering between workouts.

Prior to the start I talked to Christy Dillard who would normally finish ahead of me, but she was recovering from long pacing duties last weekend (at a hilly ultra). There weren’t many people and we got off and looped around the restaurant area, through construction sites. As we headed back the river was on our right.

I was locked with some short guy who was to fall back; I had my sights on several who were ahead of me. In mile 2 I felt a bit sluggish but I was working. As we exited the boat area I gave some thought to catching people ahead of me; I caught 3 and went after 2 more; one fit guy and one little kid. I didn’t get either of those two though I closed on the kid.

There were walkers still headed out and one group wanted to pose for a photo at mile 1…and looked as if they would block the course! Fortunately someone alerted them just in time before the kid and I got there; this was closing in on mile 3.

I couldn’t close the deal on the kid though; I still broke 26. Afterward, I walked to Hooters and back; then went to the place where the post-race event was taking place. I didn’t eat anything other than 2 apples and 1 banana as I wanted to lift weights. However, awards were taking forever so I left to lift at the Riverplex.

Weights: pull ups (4 sets of 10, 2 of 5); 4 sets of 10 superset with 3 sets of seated machine military (90 each arm)
bench: 3 sets of 10 x 135 (challenging)
rows: 3 sets of 10 (machine with 45). I also did the rotator cuff.

About the event itself: the run part was reasonably well organized; slightly late start but the course was well marked. It featured an interesting twist: we started out running TOWARD the restaurant area, looping around the restaurants (some construction which was coned off) then heading back up the river where we looped the Marina part. I liked the new twist; every mile (including mile 3) was marked.

The food afterward: fruit, eggs, biscuits, etc. was very good (I only ate the fruit).

But the awards didn’t start until well past 2 hours after the event started. So I left to lift weights afterward.

Overall, only the “awards” was problematic; I liked everything else about it.

The title: aging and running.
I knew that eventually, I would slow down. What I didn’t appreciate was this:

1. The body needs more rest between hard efforts, and the rest needs to be easier.
2. The body responds differently; it isn’t that I should do the same things, only scaled down. I need to do different things.
3. A workout that had worked for years might no longer be the best for me…AT THIS TIME IN MY LIFE. I am still sorting things out. However, whatever I find that works now…might not work 2-3 years from now!
4. Performance: yes, every year there is variation in performance. But every time I have a few “slowish” races (slower than I did in the previous 2-3 years) I start to wonder: “is this because I’ve gotten older or because I am not recovering from my training?”

So I’ll write out the data so I can compare: yes, it appears as I am slower than I’ve been since 2011; however I’ll know more after the May races, which aren’t that far away.

7 March 24:42 for 2.87 miles (about 26:45 for 5K) (recent illness) 39 of 83 (college students)
21 March 25:27 for 5K 71 of 269
28 March 25:50 5K (26 F) 15 of 68
11 April: 26:14 5K (some hills) 42 of 153
18 April: 25:45 5K or 9 of 105

This is what last year looked like (through May). I am certainly slower but I am not as far along on training; last year I had more “hard miles” under my belt by this time.

31 May: Family House 5K 26:50 (fell down)
24 May: River Run 5K (certified) 24:42 5K
10 May: Race For the Cure 25:27 5K
3 May Run to Remember 24:17 5K .
26 April: 26:47 5K (Bradley soccer 5K)
19 April: 23:27 2.96 (24:40 5K, or 23:45 3 mile)
5 April 22:31 (2.8 miles) 25:05 5K
29 March CIDA 25:09 5K
1 March: 27:27 for 3.25 miles: 26:10 5K.

5K (or close)

2012 2013
25:47 Yates City. 26:05 Yates City
25:42 Brimfield: 7:56, 8:10, 8:44, 0:51
27:59 Aug. 5: Math Fest 5K 26:56 Rocket Run July 20: 8:27, 8:42, 9:46
26:07 Run for the Health of it July 14 8:28 8:49, 8:49 (AG) 26:32 5K run for the health of it July 13 (AG) 8:03, 8:02, 10:26
27:46 July 4 Firecracker 8:09 8:43 10:53 27:40 July 4 Firecracker
25:03 May 26 River Run 8:08, 8:07, 8:47 24:56 May 25 River Run
25:13 Race for the Cure May 12 (8:25, 7:34, 9:12) (AG) 25:48 Race for the Cure May 11
24:34 May 5 Run to Remember (7:54, 7:45, 8:54) 26:12 (3.18?) May 4: Sam Fan 5K
25:41 Bradley U. April 28 25:29 (hilly) 20 April: BU women soccer 5K
25:14 CIDA March 31 (8:27, 8:17, 8:29) (AG) 25:14 March 23: New Interplanetary 5K
25:08 Interplanatary March 24 (8:14, 8:19, 8:34) (AG) 27:04 (3.25?) 2 March: 5K Jack Kenney (AG)

April 18, 2015 - Posted by | running, weight training | ,

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