Saturday, March 17, 2007

16:14



It hurt.
74, 75, 77, 77 (5:04), 77, 77, 79, 80 (10:19), 81, 80, 79, 77, 35. No, I didn't take these splits, but my pal Lucas was kind enough to take them for me (just staying between the lines was hard enough for me without clicking a watch every lap).

I got in the ring, I gave it my all and was completely empty at the end. I would have loved to have broken 16, but I just couldn't get it done tonight. I have a great wife and some great friends who shouted encouragement the whole time, and I wish I coul have given them a better show.

I'm glad I did it. Probably a few more thoughts later.

10 comments:

Ingo said...

Come on Mike - well done!! Nobody in the field PB'd if that's of any relief. Maybe it was the air pressure or the moon phase or whatever but it was a 16:14 for sure!

Andrew said...

A great performance Mike. Like you said, you toed the line and ran hard.

Great job!

Dusty said...

Great job!! 16:14 is an amazing time!! Especially to be duking it out with a bunch of guys around a track for 5000. Not to mention, you usually run a 5k on the streets, the track is a whole other world! AWESOME!!!

Mystery Coach said...

Mike, Instead of the windy, high 80s of Tucson, a a calm, cool race in Oslo would have yielded a sub 15:45.

Great race.

Eric said...

Considering you usually do your run around 12 hours earlier, I'm wondering if your body was out of tune with the with the song you were trying to play out there.

You came back strong in the last 600, and really had an even effort through halfway. It also appears you did a good job of staying near the front of the group you were with.

Only one person in the race came even close to hitting their seed time, which at an individual level means nothing, but statistically (maybe Evan can help out here), it says that there was a good pad on everyone's times due to conditions, like Mystery Coach mentioned.

What do you think accounts for the drop off in the final third of the race? It appears your speed is there, but your aerobic has dropped off. Was the early pace too fast, or is the engine tuned for speed at the expense of economy right now?

Dallen said...

That looks pretty good. You would have lapped me.

Mike said...

Thanks for the props folks, it's nice having such a kind cyber-support-system. Eric, I honestly thought 5:04-5:06 would be fine for the first mile, though the first lap was a little fast while trying to get to lane 1. I came up on a lot of runners between laps 6-10, and I made the mistake of settling in behind the singles and small groups too long instead of just continuing by them. Just a small pace adjustment (like backing off to stay behind two runners through a turn) could easily lose me 2 seconds a lap. Shelter from the wind and not running any extra distance is important, but I think me maintaining a steady pace and just getting around those runners immediately would have been a better choice.

This really was a learning experience, and hopefully a smaller field, another month of running and taking into the account the mistakes I made this time will help me improve when I get another shot on the track for 5K on April 13.

Phil said...

A great run Mike, 16:14 is still blazing fast!

Evan said...

Good effort Mike. It's possible to run a decent mile in those kinds of temperatures but even at 3000, let alone 5000 it costs you something (some people estimate 1% for every 10 degrees over 60, make of that what you will). Especially early in the "summer," when you haven't acclimatized it'll take more of a toll.

Now that's not to say that you can take our comments and turn them into seconds to subtract from your time to get a PR!

Eric's statistical analysis is right -- by and large you expect people to be above and below their seed times (unless you have to cheat on your seed time just to get in)

Quinto Sol said...

Good job nonetheless... I am SURE you will break 16 mikes on a certified 5K anytime soon...