Sunday, October 29, 2006

Poland Spring 5M

As I'd mentioned before, I've really wanted to get my 5 mile PR in line with the rest of my PR's. Unofrtunately, I hadn't really felt strong lately, and my left shin had been bothering me since Friday's run. Not really hurting, but worrying me. So I wasn't really looking to PR today. Oh, and did I mention the predicted 25 mph winds?

It was pretty chilly in the morning when the "Albert Einstein Road Runners" left the Bronx. I was all bundled up in a jacket and gloves. Somehow right when we got into the park, the wind seemed to die down a bit, and it seemed to warm up as well. I made a decision to lose the jacket at the last second. (I hung onto the gloves though.)

The race was packed, as usual. 6450 finishers. Akiva and I started together, and Sara was a little behind us. The beginning was really congested, but I wasn't too stressed, because it wasn't going to be a PR day.

At about the halfway point I ran into someone I recognized. I wasn't going too fast, so I stopped and chatted with him for a bit. Akiva came up beside us and joined in. We ran together for about 10 minutes, and then Akiva and I started to pull ahead. I was really hurting at this point. Nothing too mechanical, just throbbing shins, and mostly my left. So when Akiva started trying to weave through traffic, I hung back and slowed down.

When I got to two miles, my Garmin was off a bit, and so I thought I reached there around 16 minutes. I was kind of surprised at how fast I was going, and so I felt a little better about how bad I was feeling physically. It was a little discouraging to see the 2 mile marker 0.18 miles later, but I was still doing pretty well. (I think 18:10 at that point.)

I started to get energized, and picked up the pace a touch. When the next mile went by, my Garmin said I had run it in about 8:35 or so.

Now I was ahead of a 9 minute pace. Then I started to get annoyed that I hadn't looked up my PR before heading out this morning. I actually thought it was an 8:58 pace, and so I was in the ballpark. Damn. Now I couldn't take it easy anymore.

My shins were really burning, but I had to keep going. I think I sped up just a touch to about 8:27 miles (from what I remember), but I couldn't push too hard. I was really just trying to hang in there, and not slow down!

Finally the end was in sight. I did the ol' "get into the open" routine so that the photographer could get a good shot of me. Alas, it was not meant to be. While I was finishing, I could see him moving someone out of the way, and trying to get a better position. Oh well.

At least the race ended well. My net time was 43:52, and wouldn't you know it, a new PR. I was actually wrong about my previous PR, but I set a new one by 35 seconds. (It's still not really in line with the others, so I've still left myself room for improvement.)

Congratulations to all the Marine Core Marathon finishers. I'm looking forward to reading your race reports!


Blogger ShoreTurtle said...


Sunday, October 29, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great job today! I think that 5 mile PR shows how strong you are. That PR will definitely go down again:)

Sunday, October 29, 2006  
Blogger jeanne said...

congrats! i have some friends who ran that this morning, too! they said the wind was BRUTAL! and you still PR'd!

(and isn't that ALWAYS the way with the photographers??? sheesh!)

Sunday, October 29, 2006  
Blogger kivster said...

it was a great race - you did amazing. wish we could have run it all together. did you really hit 2 miles at 18:10 - i didn't realize we were running that fast by that point.

it was an awesome race- can't wait to philly.

Sunday, October 29, 2006  
Blogger Darrell said...

Nicely done, Danny. Sometimes the PR's come when we don't stress about them so much.

Everytime I see one of your maps of Central Park it reminds me of my NYC marathon. I had just started reading then but didn't start blogging till after.

Monday, October 30, 2006  
Blogger LeahC said...

awesome way to PR. I love the decision to go for it mid race. nicely done.

Monday, October 30, 2006  
Blogger Lana said...

Congrats on the PR!!

Tuesday, October 31, 2006  
Blogger Rae said...

Way to go!!! Congrats on the new PR! AND you got a medal??? Sweet!!

What's up with the shins??? Are you sure you don't need some new shoes?

Friday, November 03, 2006  

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