I hope that everyone had a great New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. I actually stayed up until midnight on NYE, but it was a struggle! Back to work on Monday, which won’t be too bad.
On New Year’s Eve, I ran in the 2014 Resolution Run at the Port Credit Running Room. It is the same race that I ran in 2012 – same exact route and probably some of the same people. The race cost wasn’t that bad ($50 when I registered), and with the registration you received the Resolution Run Jacket. The jacket this year was more like a cozy sweater compared to 2012, which was an actual jacket. In 2012, many people wore the jacket, this year a small number. That could have had something to do with the cold (around-8C with a windchill)? If you follow me on twitter, you might have seen a tweet about me not having any pants to wear. I had to make an emergency run to get some running tights because running in runderwear wasn’t happening (sorry folks!). I also wore a long sleeved base layer, my MEC fleece and the 2014 Resolution Run Jacket.
This race is not chip-timed and you do not get a medal. The routes are not closed to traffic and it seems like most of the runners are part of the Running Room training groups. The race started at 5pm, and I got to the Running Room at 4:40 or so. We stayed in the store for as long as possible and then ran across the street to the start. They made sure we were well behind the “start line” which was just a small Running Room sign. We started when everyone got there and just went when someone yelled “GO”.
I had no plans for the race – it wasn’t a goal race, nor have I run more than 10K in a week since the marathon. I figured that a sub-30 was a given, sub-28 quite possible, but didn’t think that a PB was really in the cards. My running strategy for a 5K is different from a half or full marathon. In a longer distance race, I start off really slow and get faster. My plan is to negative split, and I’ve been fairly consistent with that strategy. With a 5K, there is little room for error and I tend to go out very fast, then steady-off for a bit, followed by a quick last KM. In the past, I tend to go out way too fast and struggle for the last 2K. Although the Yorkville Run was a complete opposite to that, and I actually felt strong for once.
Of course, I had to have a major Garmin fail during the race. In 2012, my Garmin was completely drained and I didn’t have the charger. This year, the darn watch struggled to find the satellites and I had no GPS when ‘GO’ was yelled. I was past the parking lot, over the short bridge and around a corner before it finally kicked in. I did start the timer right away, but the GPS didn’t kick in until about 2 minutes had past. Therefore, my KM markings were completely messed up. Even my pace was messed up – at one point I looked down at it said I was running 00:02 KM – right….
But, my time clock was accurate and the course is one we have run before, so at least I could kind of guess how I fast I was going. I took off right away and was in the lead pack of runners. We pretty much went single file right away. I’m not sure how fast my first KM was, but it had to be in the 4:30 range, maybe even faster. I have run that fast before – so it wasn’t too unusual. As I turned out of the marina and onto a street, I started to pass a few people. I could see the leaders off in the distance, but they seemed so far away. We then went into another park, and I started running behind this group of three. But eventually, I was at their heels and passed them too. I could hear one runner say they were running 5:30’s, so I knew I was running a bit faster than that.
As I turned onto the residential streets, there were far fewer runners around. I caught up to a few runners and passed them as I turned a corner. At one point I heard the clumping of a younger runner, who passed me. I approached the 2.5K turn around point and saw that there were only about 8 or so runners ahead of me (four of which were kids -those darn speedy kids!). I had to laugh at the water table people, as no one was wanting water. I remember slowing down a bit during this section and could feel my hips dropping. But I kept going. I snuck a peek at my watch at it was at 13:00, which meant I had a good chance of PBing. There was this one running couple that was slightly ahead of me – they were far from me in the beginning but at about 3K in, I was right beside them. I eventually made it past them just as we were approaching the park. As I got into the park, I was pretty much by myself. I couldn’t see the runners ahead of me, and couldn’t hear the couple behind me. As I turned again, I was completely by myself. I have never run a race and felt that alone before. Definitely freaky! Luckily I remember the route!
As I approached the end of the race, and was running on the bridge, I saw that my watch was flashing in the 24:xx range. So, I sprinted down the little hill and to the finish line. The kid at the finish said my time was 24:53! SWEET! My garmin had the same time. I don’t really know my splits or anything, but three KM that did register were 5:11 for KM 2 and 4 and 5:22 for KM3 – which means that the first and the last KM had to have been fast! My pace for the last little bit of the 5th KM was sitting at 5:00. I did measure the route on Map my Run and it was 2.5KM, so PB it shall be! A big one too, as my previous PB was 26:14. I did not really count how many runners were in front, but I do remember at least 3 girls, the one boy and two adults – I’m sure I was at least 10th overall (out of over 110 runners), maybe 8th?
There are no medals or anything after the race (I think there was hot beverages in the store), so I just caught my breath and then ran to a local pub where my parents, P and Max were at. I only noticed a handful of runners crossing the bridge, so I must have been fairly ahead.I had a burger and beer and figured that Lanni Marchant would approve, she did!
The Port Credit Running Room Resolution Run is a really nice, little 5K that ends the year nicely. It kind of sucks that I don’t have a proper Garmin time to actually show that I had a sub-25 5K, but trust me, it was there! Of course, now I have to set some sort of new goal for 5K races in 2015. One of my strengths that is starting to come out with 5K racing is my work on trying to negative split. I generally go negative for KM 1 and 2, positive for 3 and 4 and then back to a negative for KM 5. On Wednesday, although I definitely had a positive split for KM3, it was only by a small margin and I still ran faster towards the end. I’m also much more consistent. For the Ottawa Race Weekend 5K back in 2012, I ran a huge positive split race – starting at 4:40/km and ending at 5:38/km. In terms of 2015, I am most likely running Around the Bay’s 5K – not sure of what other 5K races I will run. I think the smaller the race, the better though – and I should hopefully be registering for a few MEC races, which are tiny. I felt very comfortable during this race – I would like to continue building on my 5K time and hopefully keep the sub-25 time a consistent one!
Thanks for reading!