Missed Race #1? Recap here.
This past Friday was Race #2 of the Crystal City Friday 5K race series. As you may recall I had some lessons learned from Race #1. This time I made sure I hydrated all day and ate a banana before the race. Like last week, the forecast called for rain so I went with a tank top, a thin long sleeved shirt, and capris. I also wore my New York City Marathon visor for the first time – can’t believe it has been 5 months since the marathon!
Crystal City 5K – Race #2
This time I decided to take the metro to Crystal City – it was about 30-40 minutes door to door (no transfers yay). I arrived around 6:00PM and there was less people milling around the start than last week (I looked at the results and it was about the same number of people in Race #1 and #2, people decided to wait inside in the shopping area). I met up with Courtney and we were able to catch up a bit before the race.
Last week I finished with a time of 33:49 or 10:53min/mile. My goal for Race #2 was to best that time. Here were my splits for Race #2 (splits from Race #1 in parentheses):
- Mile 1: 9:44 (9:45) tried not to start too quickly…woah similar to last week
- Mile 2: 10:09 (10:14) faster than last week..hmmm…no stitches yay!
- Mile 3: 10:58 (11:34) ughhh…stitches here they come
My final time was 32:59 or 10:36min/mile, an improvement of almost one minute. This time I made an effort not to go out too fast for the first mile, but I ended up mirroring my split from the previous week. I felt really good the first two miles and the 5K was going by real quickly (plus I was familiar with the course). Shortly after the second mile the side stitches crept up again (luckily not as painful as week 1). I tried the breathing exercises and took a couple of walk breaks to massage my side. I finished stronger than last week, but there is room to improve.
I will miss the 5K this Friday, but will return for the last 5K of the series. Here is my plan for Race #3:
- Replicate hydration and fueling from Race #2.
- Carry my handheld water bottle again.
- Continue with hill repeats (I think they helped with the slight incline of the course).
- My Garmin displayed 3.2 miles for both races. I noticed I was already at 1.1 miles after I passed the first mile marker. I’ll need to make some slight adjustments and hope I run the tangents (some good articles here and here).
- Improve mile 3 split (hopefully no side stitches).
Hopefully my time will improve for Race #3 and it would be nice to finish in 31:00-32:00 (low 32s).
GPS runners – when you run are you typically under or over the race distance?
Any tips for running the tangents?