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Yesterday, as I took my after lunch walk at work, I thought about how odd it is here in America that the primary race distance for running events, especially events to help raise money, go 5 kilometers. What this means is that my projection of running about 10 min/mile pace was going to result in me running somewhere around 31 minutes, and I thought about how if there had been no metric system, maybe the 3 mile race, a 3M (licensing issues notwithstanding) might be the more common race report to be told and written.<br><br>
It also means you have to run 9:40 min/mile pace to start working on breaking the half hour mark, the 30 minutes, that sort of odd breakline between casual runner and a runner who might be a bit more serious about running. Heh. It seemed as though the metric system stood between me and a little more respectable time. A 3M? I'd be chasing down that breaking 30 today, at 5K, unh unh, going to have to wait on that one.<br><br>
So there I was this morning, perfect weather for July, temps down in the 60s, dry air, a little wind. It was also 3 months to the day that I began running again after a long time of no running because of the broken left tibia.<br><br>
The start of the race went well for nearly 800 entrants, I remember hearing at the awards ceremony, a new record of participants. I had managed to find a good spot where I wasn't slowing up people behind me and I wasn't having to dodge around too many in front of me. I fairly quickly got my heart rate up to near 160 bpm and settled in to try to run my race.<br><br>
At the very least, I felt confident that I would establish a PR today with an accurately measured time. No bunch ups at the finish, please! The first mile passed with an average heart rate of 161 bpm and I was happy with that. I worked on trying to maintain that range of somewhere between 160 and 165.<br><br>
The second mile worked out to an average HR of 164, I was needing a bit more effort to try to maintain my pace, and my legs were feeling it. I knew that I would have to keep working though. I wanted that PR to be a solid upgrade and I was going to embrace the pain. Still, I had to ease back a bit at time during the 3rd mile, I could feel my stride at times wanting to break down. It was an average heart rate of 163 bpm, and now that last .1 mile, that last .16 kilometers stood between me and my new PR. I managed to reach into the legs and squeeze them a bit more, passing a person who had passed a little bit prior. Keep at it. The last .1 mile would return an average of 165 bpm.<br><br>
That last .1 mile would also be my victory over the nasty metric system. Final time on the watch, 29:35. A sub 30! Woah. I knew I had been picking up some speed, but this blew me away. I had been nearly blown away at the 1-mile marker when my split was 9:03, the fastest mile I've ever run.<br><br>
1M -- 9:03<br>
2M -- 9:20<br>
3M -- 10:17<br>
3.1M -- 54 sec<br>
Total -- 29:35<br><br>
Nice. I'm pretty happy. I didn't run negative splits, but I didn't give in to walking at some points during the 3rd mile.
 

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Great job Scratch! That's a pretty conservative HR, so I bet you have even faster times ahead of you. <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif">
 

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HELL YEAH SCRATCH!!!!!!<br><br>
Winning the mental battle in the last bit is so sweet.<br><br>
you earned it man!!
 

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As I said in the other thread, excellent job.<br><br>
You've come a long way and experienced a lot in less than a year.
 

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Congratulations!!!! You must be on top of the world!<br><br>
I remember breaking 30 min in a 5K last September (29:42), and at the time I was also sure I wasn't capable of it. It did not feel good at the end. <img alt="lol.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/lol.gif"> But once my stomach settled, it was the best feeling ever. I have yet to repeat that accomplishment, but my 3 5K's that I've run since then were not ideal PR conditions anyway.
 

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<b>Scratch</b>, I thought you might break 30 today. Great job! <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif">
 

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AWESOME job!!!! Nicely run. Don't sweat the lack of negative splits. I read an article that said basically pushing harder the first mile is a better way for PR in shorter races like 5k's.<br><br>
And, you are still on the comeback trail. You have many great races ahead of you!
 

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I'm glad you didn't tell me!<br><br>
Strangely enough, in lots of way I had been trying hard not to think about going sub-30. A big piece of what got me in trouble in December last year, besides running way too much, was wanting to break 30 minutes. I pulled up hurting on December 21st because I was trying to break 30 minutes in a training run.<br><br>
So this time while I've been training I've been sure to keep most everything easy pace and avoid thinking about breaking the 30 minute mark, just trust that eventually it would fall when I was ready for it.<br><br>
It was actually kind of a frightening moment when I saw the first mile marker, hit the split button and saw that time on the watch. My heart rate was good, so I didn't think I was going to crash and burn, but popping out a 9 minute mile I knew then the chase was on. I was pretty happy the second mile the pace stayed pretty close to the first mile. Like I said though, my stride began falling apart a bit during the 3rd mile and I wasn't helped that the 3rd mile featured headwind after the tailwind in the first part of the race.<br><br>
Again, a big thank you to all of you 30 somethings. I absolutely hated being in the cast early on this year, but watching and listening to the threads kept me focused on coming back to running, and coming back to do it with a bit more caution.
 

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Wow, great race and a spectacular time <b>Scratch</b>! With your patience in your recovery and the work you've been doing since you definitely deserved and earned that PR. Way to go! You've got to be the hands-down favorite for comeback of the year in the 30's!
 

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Way to go <b>Scratch!</b><br><br>
I was hoping by your little hint in the thread that you had PRed today, and you did, great job! I know what a feeling of accomplishment it is to get down below that 30 minute mark. Like others have said, you have made a huge comeback! Again congrats!
 

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<img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif"> I knew you didn't need that kind of pressure.
 

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Congrats Scratch!! Woohoo for breaking 30. I'll use you for inspiration when I'm wanting to slow down in my next 5K. I still hope to break 30 this year, too!<br><br>
I like the thought of it will happen when I'm ready for it.... <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif">
 

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Welcome to my daily metric nightmare.<br><br>
Great job <b>Scratch</b>! Sub 30? I'm so jealous. Couldn't have worked out for a nicer guy.
 

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Nice, Scratch. Personally, I think negative splits are way overrated. <img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif">
 

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Great job <b>Scratch</b> - sub-30 was definitely one of my highlights in the 5K world (though I haven't done an official one yet). And I think you've got room to improve to boot.<br><br>
BTW, did you celebrate your 5K with a 1-liter bottle of your favorite recovery beverage? <img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif">
 
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