Today’s Silks & Satins 5k race was a lot of fun. My friend did far better than his estimate; he thought he’d run in the 9:30-10:00 mile range and he ended up doing 8:18. He was also ridiculously consistent in his pacing (durn young whippersnapper — I could learn from him in regard to trusting my internal pacing). He didn’t time it, but I wore my watch and let him set the pace. He was breathing only slightly hard and felt he could’ve pushed pace more.
The race did not have a timing mat at the start, but it did have loose corrals by 1 minute pace differences. I hit start on my Garmin at the gun, then hit the lap button when we crossed the start so we could see how much it affected out overall time. Our official pace was 8:27. We did decent running the tangents and most of the difference is from time lost from the gun start to when we actually crossed the start line, which took us 17 seconds.
My friend commented on how funny my foot rhythm was and noticed that I wasn’t breathing hard. I have a weirdly high cadence. It’s especially high now because I am recovering from an injury, although I had no issues at all with it today. Hopefully the cadence will calm down a little now that I’m on the mend. I guess it doesn’t bother me, but I wonder if there is some point when the cadence becomes too high and detrimental. Today it averaged 203 spm and I suppose I’d like it to get back under 200.
The weather was perfect, 62 degrees and overcast. The course is very flat and my friend generally runs on hills, so he got to see how well hills prepared him to run faster. I’m so glad he asked me to run this with him.
It was also nice for me to run the same course at a conservative pace only a minute and a half slower than in 2013. Last year I was dying during this race — I realized today that I didn’t recognize any of the houses or landmarks in the second half of the race. It was just a haze last year.
I liked doing the 5k this way, although I think I need to get over my fear of running hard for the distance. Maybe not right now since hard efforts are iffy on my hip (although not as bad as down hill). But at some point I really would like to teach myself to not be afraid of suffering a little more for pace.
Observing my friend run faster than he’s used to (his last race in May his average pace was 9:36 for a 3.5 mile race) was inspirational. I can do better.
Great day today. 7/61 in my age group. Not bad for an easy day. 14 miles tomorrow!