Police Pace 5K 9/11/11

Monday, September 12, 2011

I completed my 3rd 5K this past Sunday, 9/11/11, which was a great day to run a race and be with so many other American runners (almost 650 people!) The race was very different than the previous ones I had done in almost every way. My sister-in-law, Christy, who is a great runner, and her husband, Troy, who is very athletic, came to visit us and go to my sons college football game. They were hoping to see him play, but he didn't get in...

Even though we partied like rock stars at the football game Saturday, we got up for the run on Sunday, with around 5 hours of sleep. Both Christy and I felt like we had eaten something at the tailgate that didn't agree with us. I had made several trips to the bathroom during the game and still felt a bit queesy the morning of the run and had concerns about being able to do the run and about the fact that my system was EMPTY! My husband ran this 5K with me and it was his first and I was so excited that he was doing it with me!!!

My husband wanted to start closer to the back even though we had been timing ourselves at around 30 minutes during our regular runs. The race was on a road in town and then cut to a path which went around a lake. I guess we started too far back in the pack, because I was constantly frustrated with trying to get around people. Once we got to the path, only about 4 people could run side by side and I couldn't believe the people that would get to the left and either walk or run slower than those on the right. I felt like we spent every second trying to figure out how to get around someone and even had to run off the path and on the grass to get around at times. A lot of people ran side by side and even though my husband and I wanted to run that way, I felt like it was better to run single file, to allow others to pass us if needed. It was also the only way we could possibly pass anybody. Towards the end, when I got my second wind, I just couldn't get around some people and felt frustrated to waste my turbo boost! I ended up finishing at 29:43 which is a new pb for me. My husband was about 7 second behind and thrilled with his time too!

Christy and Troy both started way to the front and both finished in around 24 minutes, with Christy being the first of our bunch to finish. They didn't have the problems of trying to pass others and I guess I learned a lesson that it's better to be passed than to be the one trying to pass??? What do you all say? Are there runners ethics? Was the large numbers of people part of the problem, our position at the start? or maybe just the way all races are?

All in all, a great day spent with family and doing something we love to do! We watched football, shopped and ate after the race and took our company to the airport this morning so they could fly home to Ohio! Christy and I are trying to plan our next race together with our hubbies!!! Anybody up for a Warrior Dash? emoticon
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    What an honor it was, to run with You and Jim on 9/11/11!! We had an absolute blast and loved seeing you and Jim cross that finish line!! I'm game for a Warrior Dash with you!! :)
    2769 days ago
    So proud of you!
    2779 days ago
    This is the second blog I have read recently about poor race etiquette... there really should be some kind of rule sheet or something.

    Warrior Dash? Ohio? My BFF and I made a pact to do it in 2012!
    2780 days ago
    I can definitely agree with Timothy's rules....they make a race much nicer. However, some races do say they are stroller/pet friendly....and if they say that, just be prepared.

    As for the starting further back.....I try and start around others that seem as though they'd run my pace. However, I'd rather start a tiny bit further in the back, because mentally (for me, at least) it is easier for me to be passing people than to have others pass me. If a ton of people keep passing me, I'll try to run harder to catch up, and then might end up going out too fast, and bonking in the end.

    Figure out what works for you! Happy running!
    2780 days ago

    Comment edited on: 9/12/2011 12:44:28 PM
    That sounds like so much fun....except for the frustrations of getting around everyone. You even made a personal best. Good for you. I can't believe you ran after partying all night before and not feeling quite right. What a trooper. You are amazing. And it's great that your hubby and friends joined you. I ran my 5ks alone and on the last one thought it would be nice to have someone doing it with me (someone I knew, of course)! You rock!
    2780 days ago
    Here are my rules:
    5) If you can't afford a sitter, you can't afford the race. Leave the stroller at home.
    4) Your dog is not MY run buddy. He may be a good dog and a good run buddy for you. But he doesn't know me and I don't know him and that can be a dangerous combination. Leave Rover at home.
    3) If you are walking or plodding, move to the right as far as you can. If you are dropping to a walk or plod, check before you move over. Give runners behind you a hand signal. Just like driving!
    2) It is nice to run with friends but don't do it more than two abreast. I cannot get around you. If I speak up and say "Passing on the (left) (right) (in between)" then you should move (right) (left) (apart) so I can pass. That is bicycle ettiquette and it does translate to running.
    1) Wear a fookin' shirt! It ain't that hot and neither are you. Ladies you too. Cover it up. See my blog post dated 9/11/11 for a the reason.

    Actually 5 and 1 are my rules. 4, 3, and 2 are actually proper etiquette and sadly most runners either don't know or ignore them.

    Sometimes you mat need to tap a shoulder to get a break. Be aggressive. I had 1950 in my race yesterday and we got along fine. Try to find Chip Timed races so your timestarts when you cross the mat. I once got to a race fully 3 minutes after the horn and I was still timed. My clock time looked horrible, but my chip time was pretty good. I now try to start in the back on chip timed race. It gives the pack a chance to spread out by the time I reach them.

    Warrior Dash maybe in 2012 or 2013. I have marathons this year and olympic distance tri in 2012. Maybe half IronMan in 2013 ... maybe.
    2780 days ago
    Sounds like a great race - ya did good, that is an emoticon time too. So nice you got to run it with hubby. YOU ROCK !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    As far as all the people, I always start in my appropriate time gate. It stinks having to start at the back of the pack, but it's not fair to those who run faster to start with them in an earlier wave. I just do my best to get around slow people, slow people should run on the right side, to allow us "fast"letes to go around, lol. I am totally far from being a "fast"lete.
    2780 days ago

    Comment edited on: 9/12/2011 11:31:42 AM
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