Garmin (official results not posted yet).
Pace: 6:26 pace
Average HR 182
Place: 1st woman overall!
I was v nervous going into this race. I spiked a fever Thursday afternoon, and felt out of sorts Friday, too. The 3 of us went to Lowell on Saturday morning, and I felt fine. We got there early so that I could run the course as a warm up. I have been reading a lot about how important warm ups are in 5ks, and I think it made the race easier for me. Part of the reason why I wanted to run the course, was to see the Garmin mileage. I was pleasantly surprised to see that miles 1, 2, and 3 were right on with my Garmin. I was thrilled. But then the .1 turned into a .19! I was pissed. I talked to a race official who was hanging around the finish, and he confirmed that they had to add to the 5K so that the finish would be out of the way of the 10K race, which was 2 loops of the 5K...
After a few minutes of pity party I told myself to just go and run. The weather was gorgeous. I was wearing shorts. The course was the flattest possible, only 2 small hills in mile 1. It was 1/1/11. My boys were there with me. How awesome to race on such a day!
And off we went..
Mile 1: 6:24
I felt really good on this mile. I wanted it to be comfortable and I did not push the pace, even though lots of people were in front of me. I passed a woman on a hill, but otherwise, I was surrounded by men. It was....kind of fun:)
Mile 2: 6:17
I continued to feel great. I only looked at the average pace, which turned into 6:20 by the end of this mile. I ran step for step with a young men, and that made it fun.
Mile 3: 6:33
As the mile started, I felt great. My watch continued to tell me 6:20, and I knew that if I maintained it, I would be close to breaking 20 min even on a 3.2 course. But around 2.5 mile, I felt this awful nausea, and withing a minute I vomited chunks of oatmeal that I had eaten for breakfast 5 hours before the race. I continued to gag and vomit for the rest of the race, and slowed down in the process.
.17 (funny how it was .19 when I first ran it, and .17 in the race): 6:50
The gagging continued but I kept telling myself to just run, not overreact, because, really, nothing bad can happen. Right as I finished mile 3 I saw 19:02 in the official clock, but after that I stopped paying attention to the pace or time. I wanted to be done. As I turned the corner, with less than .1 to the finished, I slipped on ice and fell on my side. I immediately got up and ran to the finish, while hearing the announcer saying that I was first woman overall.
So I am not disappointed I did not break 20:00. On an accurate course, a 6:26 pace would have meant 19:56. I know only official results matter, but for me a Garmin result is just as good. Of course, I will continue trying to get an official sub 20, and I know I will. I am v close:)
What frustrates me is the nausea and vomiting that plague me in 5Ks. This time I ate 5 hours before the race, and that clearly was not enough. Aerobically I felt fine. My legs felt fine. HR for the first 2 miles was 175, which is about 10 beats below what my average HR is when I run hard. The higher HR for the last mile (182) and the last .17 was probably a bit of anxiety bc of the vomiting and gagging. So I am fit enough to get a sub 20:00, but my stomach is not. Suggestions? Thoughts? Should I run on an empty stomach (no breakfast)? Should I warm up even longer than 3 miles with strides?
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