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Today was NYRR 4 mile and 15K Colon Cancer Race. I woke up at 7:00am after an 11 hour sleep. I felt great. I played with the dogs for an hour and headed up to Central Park. I was running the 4 miler. I like this race because it is far less crowded, 1879 runners vs 2661 in the 15k.
My 4 mile Grid Iron time was 30:01 on February 2 so I knew I could easily be a minute below that. Plus I ran tempo on Tuesday, 7:43 pace, 167HR and chatted the whole 4 miles. Piece of cake.
Normally I am under 30:00 with my best time being 28:27. That was in 2009, and I know that is two years ago, but I broke a bone in my foot right and took 4 months off, and later ran below 30:00, I only raced once in 2010 because I had a hip injury with 8 months to rest. I am trying to justify that I think I should easily be running under 30:00, despite my 2 year old PR. I have run consistently since the fall and just want to be in the 29:00’s right now.
I decided not to look at my watch, just push hard and keep the push consistent. There was a blue bib CPTC racer in front of me and I matched my stride to hers. The first mile felt great, I went right up and over cat hill. The second mile was awesome, pushing the pace and overcoming my fellow runners on the downhills. I never saw them again. The third mile, which is normally mentally and physically a killer stayed very consistent and I pushed. I was excited, I was pushing, I was telling myself, “lift, lift, lift” my feet off the ground. I was repeating ” strong and light” and “strong, strong, strong.” I was excited. I told myself not to be afraid of dry heaving at the finish. I was going to crush my 30:01, I might even go below 29:00 this is going so well, that would be really awesome. I was leaving the few runners there were around me. There were no women, just some young guys. I thought, “I must be doing well.” I turned the final corner, my teammates were yelling, and I kicked it in to cross the finish line at ……30:35?!?!? WHAT? What happened? What the heck is that? This is not possible! I am even slower! CRAP.
How the heck do I figure this out? I checked my pace and HR against my Feb 6 race. Today: 7:28, 168HR, 7:22, 169HR, 7:52, 170HR, 7:31 169HR, 5:59 171HR, that was the last 200 feet. I did not wear my HR monitor at the Feb 6 race, my times were 7:33, 7:16, 7:42, 7:20, 6:48 again that split is the last 200 feet. Both times I ran 4.03 miles. But I honestly don’t know why this was so slow or what to do about it. The only thought I have is to do longer track intervals at a 7:00pace to get used to running that pace again. Any ideas?
P.S. I checked race results and our women’s team place 1st in the 4 miler. I was 6th AG out of 89.
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