Saturday, April 07, 2007

4th 5K

This week at work sucked. Clients were reasonable this time, but company politics and beauracracy can be such a waste of time and energy.

If I didn't run, I think I'd go nuts. Thanks to 35F degree weather at the start, and maybe all that pent up frustration just waiting to cut loose, I was ready to floor it on this my 4th 5K of the year.

Runner's World has an article about going out 3-6% faster than your race pace for the first mile. Even if you slowly run out of gas, you'll build enough of a cushion to make it worthwhile. I tried it last week and it sort of worked, so I did it again today.

23:59. Oh baby, a 35-sec PR! Now, if only work would suck again next week ...

12 comments:

susie said...

That going out fast scares me to death. I've bonked so many times. But Davis says the same thing to me. Maybe I'll have to reconsider.Congrats on the PR!!!

peter said...

That's awesome! I haven't had a PR in a 5K in almost 6 years. But lately I have found that going out fast and hanging on really revs up your race unless you run out of gas.

David said...

Maybe if you start working at 3-6% faster than day pace, it'll be over sooner and the politics won't be able to keep up with you.

Richard Maas LMT, MTI said...

nice pr!

i read that. i was skeptical but you're living proof.

Bex said...

Congrats on the PR! You're gaining on me.

jeanne said...

you go girl!

Thomas said...

That 3-6% faster thing is the same as "banking time" at the beginning of a marathon. It doesn't work.

In a 5k you might be able to pull it off because hanging on for grim death at the end doesn't last as long. It's still a silly strategy, though.

Rae said...

WAY TO GO!!! Congrats on the new PR! Here's to sucky work weeks!

afuntanilla said...

awesome!! good job! i know all too well about the pent up frustration from work!!

Anne said...

Now that's what I'm talkin' about. Nice job, Rich.

Ginger Breadman said...

Great job on the PR! Interesting article - it's like someone finally gives us permission to go out fast, when I always thought it was a no-no.

Josh said...

Step on the gas and empty the tank! Way to go!