Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Route:--Elev. Avg:160 ft
Location:Seattle, WAElev. Gain:-4 ft
Date:12/09/07Up/Downhill: [+255/-259]
Time:08:50 AMDifficulty:2.0 / 5.0

Distance: 2.93 miles
Speed:16.1 mph
Pace:3' 43 /mi
Very strange readings, but it was your basic 5k. The time on the clock was 26:45, which was not as fast as I was hoping!

It is a FUN run, though. Most everyone wears bells on their toes and many do have rings on their fingers, but no one was naked as far as I know. I started in the 8:00 mile group and suprisingly, there were STILL walkers ahead of me! No, I'm not THAT slow. Why don't people learn how to seed themselves?


If you are going to participate in a 5k, read the directions and listen to the announcements, please. I want everyone to participate in a race at least once in their life, so this isn't "Get out of my way, slowbee" rant. It's a "Learn how to follow the rules so everyone has fun and is safe" rant.

Before the race there were no less than 15 announcements that the first wave is for people who run an 8:00 mile or faster (which I can do in a 5k), and everyone else should wait for their waves. Waves take off 10 minutes apart. We had red bibs, wave two had green, and wave three (for walkers) had white.

So how come I still had to run around walls of walkers! I love walkers. I think anyone who sets a personal goal to finish a 5k or any other race is awesome. But it is dangerous to walk 5 abreast when you have actual runners behind you and it's a narrow roadway! It's also unfair to those of us who are trying for a pace!

I had two goals:

1. Beat my previous PR of 23:50.
2. Finish on time to get to the Street Scramble by 9:30.

I didn't do number one, but I did number two (which was pretty easy since I had 40 minutes to do 3.1 miles, grab some water, and run or walk a mile to the scramble). I could have done number one if I didn't have to dodge people who were walking at the start, and green and white bibs in the wrong pace group!

GRRRRR! I am slow enough as it is! I don't need others slowing me down!
Elevation (ft)
Pace (min/mile)
MilePace (min/mile)Speed (mph)Elevation
actual+/- avgactual+/- avg
13' 10-0' 3318.9+2.8+69 ft
27' 54+4' 117.6-8.6-49 ft
38' 07+4' 247.4-8.8+23 ft
45' 56+2' 1310.1-6.1-26 ft
end4' 44+1' 0112.7-3.5-19 ft
Versus average of 3' 43 min/mile

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