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Sunday, January 20, 2013

First 5K in 12 Years . . .

I just ran my first 5K in 12 years – without a stroller.  Honestly I was disappointed with my time of 19:33.  It should have been at least a minute faster  . . . in my mind???  I liked to think that due to the rolling hills and winning time, that it was a slow course.  With all that said, I was 7th overall out of 540 or so and won my age division 40-50.  And my first place price paid for the race.  Granted, I was humbled by an elite 52 year old – Dan Valerio, kudos for him!.  Now for my time, why I am a bit confused?  My first 5K split within my last 10K in December was about the same pace as today’s run.  imageYou would think I would be a bit faster running half the distance.  I don’t know . . .  some would swear it is because of my lack of carbs, but my last 10K was carbless as well - Nothing Different.  In fact the lead up, calorie intake, taper, and hydration was just about identical.  I ate 3/4 of a yam the night before, just to squeak in any last carbs, while staying under my 50g limit.  Woke up in the morning, made a coffee and drank it on the way to the race.  I made a UCAN cocktail and drank that 30 minutes prior to the race, probably overkill for such a short distance.  I also took two S! Caps for sodium.  I know there are tons of variables, but for the most part the same.  *Oh wait, I have an excuse, Sunday and Monday I did have a bad case of the FLU and didn’t go to work.

Here is my major concern.   Look at those heart rates per mile, for my age they are way too high.  And I am truly concerned by it.  I have read the articles on the Maffetone Method, but never really bought in to it. Training under 138 BMI seems like I am not even training.  It is just so hard for me, I don’t know.  I am questioning it now, and plan on at least reading it book.   

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I am still having fun though . . .

3 comments:

Jill said...

Lucho SWEARS by the Maffetone Method...at least to start. But he is not a strictly MAF guy and he even admits on his podcasts that he ran a crappy marathon by strictly doing MAF training. He told me the other day: Intensity if King, but only when you're ready. I wouldn't buy into the whole Maffetone Method, but I'd definitely start with that and add speedwork after you see your pace steadily increase while staying in the same HR zone. I started in the 135-145 HR almost walking most of my "runs". Now I'm up to the mid 9s. It definitely works...but most runners don't have patience for it.

Jill said...

Oh...but congrats on a great overall finish placement...and your time is nothing to sneeze at. :)

SKA Runner said...

Thanks, I am going to try again soon . . .

I have been filling in my off days and busy days with elliptical workouts and have already notice a difference. Since I have been able to run an extra 1.5 miles in the same hour. This has been over a short period of time too. Hmmmm

I have been trying to keep my heart between 125 -135.

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