I recently ran a 5k and much to my surprise, I got 2nd place in my age group (51-60).
At 6’1″, 240 lbs, I am really not in the best shape to run “competitively”. I do a few of these runs every year just as motivation and as a goal for training. I need to be at least another 20 pounds lighter to get anywhere near being able to compete !!
I was never a distance guy, I was always a sprinter type, going from 1st to 3rd on a single was my kind of speed.
When I run these races, I usually find another runner within the first 1/2 mile that is running the pace that I want to run and tag along!
Now, it might just be a coincidence, but I usually end up behind someone like this:
It was at about the 1 1/2 mile mark that I knew that I had made a mistake. The young lady was going faster than I wanted to and she was putting distance between us.
I struggled to keep up with her but at the 3 mile mark, she began to fade. When I train on the treadmill at the gym, I always end with a 2-3 minute kick and that’s where I turned it on and was able to pass the young lady with maybe 50 yards left.
I worked hard for this run. I did well, but was actually disappointed that I hadn’t done better with the extra hard work that I had done. From the first race of this year to this one, I did cut 1 full minute off of my pace. That does make me feel good.
Oh, is this the point where I should tell you that there were only 2 men in my age group?