The sound of my overinflated mountain bike tire exploding caught my wife and our future Boston Marathon qualifier by surprise as we were gearing up for a post Rhody 5k bike ride.
Rhody 5K splits were 5:30/5:40/5:49 finishing in 17:35 for 88th overall place, 25th of 123 Masters. A very nice sunny, 70-80 degree morning with a slight breeze. Corkscrew type course very well run race organization and an excellent post-race feed.
A twenty second per mile pace difference is absolutely unacceptable! It didn't feel like that bad out there but when I counted the eighteen or so runners I kept falling behind I knew my pace was dropping. I did try to get some water in at both stations as I was feeling a bit parched. Despite that there was enough in the tank to hold off a few Masters and catch a couple of runners on the dog track.
I should note my pre-race routine was more for a marathon as it was an easy run of the course and very few stretches. For some reason, maybe timing, I didn't do the regular routine. This race was interesting as the men race at 9:30, women at 10:00 and the kids race after the last female finisher.
Looking back in '07 I ran a 17:11 about this time of year. I feel there is some work needing to be done relative to pacing and endurance. A continuation of the 5K program will be coming to bring this trend through to the 4th of July.
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