Not a PR: By 1.2 seconds
Despite my recent fall hiatus from racing to allow for full recovery of mental and physical faculties, I decided at the last minute to jump into a neighborhood 5K just for fun. I almost never race on the road. I prefer the adventure and challenge of racing on trails. I also like that trails make comparing times much more difficult, and usually impossible. The temptation to become a numbers freak always worrying about times and paces disappears with the first rocky singletrack section.
But racing once in a while on roads or the track is good too. It’s nice to run on a consistent marked course to see what kind of pace I really can manage with my current level of fitness. If and when I do any anaerobic style training, I know what kind of pace to use. It also allows me to set reasonable time goals for the few events I want to do on the road, like a half marathon and eventually a full marathon.
I last ran this race a couple of years ago slightly faster.
I missed my 5K PR by 1.2 seconds!
Seriously, how can this be? I also ran the Squaw Mountain Run in nearly the exact same time as the previous year. How do I interpret these results?
The Glass is Half Empty:
All that slow aerobic Maffetone training isn’t helping. Train fast, if you want to race fast!
The Glass is Half Full:
I haven’t aged in three years. I’m capable of the same performance.
In reality, this has been a tough year since I started by missing all of January with pneumonia and had to start rebuilding my fitness from ZERO. So I’m not worried yet. I’ll stick to Maffetone for the time being because I enjoy it. I’ll run a half marathon instead of a full marathon for other, related reasons. My race pace now finally reflects my MAF test results, showing that my aerobic system is catching up with my anaerobic speed. So now the long, patient work of building an even bigger aerobic engine for next season begins. I’ll race again next month, then focus on MAF all the way to April before worrying about racing again.
5K Time: 23:00 41st overall out of 500(?) runners