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Improbable 5K PR RR

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Iapetus999
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posted Oct-01-2007 12:01 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Iapetus999   Click Here to Email Iapetus999     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I know I haven't been around much lately. I've been working on my new blog to try to market a book I wrote between jobs. Anyways here's the story:
A couple of weekends ago we adopted a puppy from the Humane Society. I had all these dreams of running with the dog and taking her to work etc. These dreams were dashed when I turned out to be highly allergic to her, so much that I can't breath half the time. Needless to say that this has affected my running.
(If anyone in the Seattle area is looking for a puppy, check out our Craigslist post)
My asthma Dr. gave me some pills but they barely work. My lung capacity had dropped from 111% to 97% since Jan.
Anyways I decided to run the "Run For Children's Hospital 5K" today despite the suffering. I figured that I would just treat it like a tempo run. I've had a lot of heel pain lately as well so I haven't gotten nearly my normal mileage in.
Well today was completely miserable weather, 50 with steady rain and wind. The race is in Magnuson Park, and consisted of a mix of flooded broken walkways and flooded dirt and gravel paths, and mostly flat. You get the idea. For some reason all the walkers (with unbrellas) lined up near the start of the race so when the horn sounded I had to pick my way through them.
You might remember my last 5K, I had just gotten back from my dad's funeral and I was pretty emotional and inspired. Today I just felt a little sick and wet.
Fashion report: blue Nike shorts over compression shorts, blue Nike sphere dry T under full sleeve black Nike dry fit shirt, gray visor, new NB 857's, Garmin 305.
Once I pushed through all the walkers, I felt pretty good. My lungs didn't bother me much. My first mile ticked off at 8:58, which to my recollection may be my fastest mile split ever, including downhills. I didn't even feel bad and my legs were loose. Sometime during mile 2 I noticed my HR creeping up so I backed off a little. Mile 2 at 9:24...in my oxygen deprived state I didn't realize this was way faster than my previous PR. I still felt good so I really started to pour it on during the last 1/2 mile or so for Mile 3 at 9:27 and the last bit at 7:44.
(mile 1 with wind, mile 3 against wind btw)
Previous PR: 29:32/9:30mm (8/5/07)
New PR: 28:42/9:14mm
a 50 second PR! Also 16 secs/mile faster.
It took me 11 races to go from sub 31 to sub-30...and just one to get sub-29. I have absolutely no explanation for any of this...unless the pills I'm taking are a banned substance (Prednisone? Holy S...I looked it up...and it IS banned )
I guess I'll put an * next to my record

Well, hopefully we'll find a new home for doggie and my lungs will clear up. I have a 10K next weekend, and I'll be done with the pills before then. Maybe I should try for sub-60 10K...although I'll settle for under 64 for now.

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Tetsujin30
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posted Oct-01-2007 01:41 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Tetsujin30   Click Here to Email Tetsujin30     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
andy - it's a bad, bad sign to start setting PR's in the kind of weather we had today. Now I know why you're signed up for the Seattle Half! Seriously, congratualtions,

as I see my times inexorably going the other direction, you have an impressive and really amazing record of continuing improvement

I'll miss that favorite 10K next week as it turns out to be on marathon weekend this year (Belly/Victoria/Portland); be sure to have the salmon BBQ across the street from the hatchery if it's the one I think it is.

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enkephalin
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posted Oct-01-2007 12:13 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for enkephalin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hi, I enjoyed your race report, knowing exactly what kind of weather we had here yesterday. It should no doubt prepare you for the Rainathon in November. I am having a hard time convincing myself to run outside now that we have entered the 9 month long rainy season.

Congratulations on yet another PR! Sorry to hear about the puppy. I am on the fence myself about doing that fishy 10K next weekend. The weather report doesn't sound too promising. It will be a last minute decision. Maybe the post race spread will include smoked salmon? Naw, I must be dreaming.

enke

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tselbs
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posted Oct-01-2007 12:19 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for tselbs   Click Here to Email tselbs     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Wow, lapetus, to tackle the race with the allergy, heel problem, and miserable weather takes determination. And then, you get a significant PR. Way to go.

TomS

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huskydon
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posted Oct-01-2007 12:20 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for huskydon   Click Here to Email huskydon     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Andy,

Congrats on a well run race and PR! Fifty seconds off your previous PR is outstanding. Don't think too hard about the explanation, I would recommend you just enjoy it and rest in the knowledge that even faster times await you.

huskydon

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Coastwalker
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posted Oct-01-2007 03:41 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Coastwalker     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hi Andy,

Some people say that drugs are a wonderful thing - maybe you've just found out why! (Just kidding...)

Congratulations on your impressive PR - made all the more impressive by such miserable conditions, plus the nose filled with doggy dander, a bum heel, and having to fight your way through the slow-moving umbrella brigade.

Forget the asterisk and enjoy your success!

Jay

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Econo
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posted Oct-01-2007 05:17 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Econo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It took a while, but doping finally made it to the B&B forum. tsk tsk (shaking head sadly).

But, that's a decisive PR! I wish you good luck finding a nice home for your puppy.

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Iapetus999
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posted Oct-01-2007 05:28 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Iapetus999   Click Here to Email Iapetus999     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I know, the doping finally got me into the coveted 98/129 Men and 25/29 AG placement

I'm still trying to figure it out, probably a combo of cool weather, lower mileage (more rested) and some sprinting I did mid-week (including chasing puppy in park)
I've also been playing intense volleyball lately with a high HR, which might have increased V02 max or something.
Well we'll see if I can keep it up at the Issaquah 10K...the only race I know where someone sings the SSB.

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