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. You 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.
I am still having fun though . . .