Sunday, June 03, 2007

Wheaton 10k Report / May 28th Week recap

Wheaton 10k Race Report

Let's just say this first... It was damn hot out there yesterday. I'm pretty sure it was in the high 70's/low 80's in the sun.

This is a community race with about 2,500 participants split between a 5k and 10k. Good thing they had chip timing, since the start was quite narrow and congested.

I started out pretty strong but the heat became a factor early on. I knew pretty quick by my 3rd mile I would not break 41 min. I could tell my legs were spent from the quick mileage build over the past two weeks. Not to mention I have zero speed work in and my VO2 max is not up to par.

The organization was pretty good. Only at two points did I become frustrated because it wasn't clear where to go. I think I wasted a few seconds twice when I was striding in the wrong direction. No big deal...

I was happy with my final 0.2, which was a 1:15. I busted through the finish at 41:52, which, as far as I can remember, a PR for this distance for me. The only other 10k I know of close to this time was a 42:06 back when I lived in Pittsburgh in 2002. And that race was run in cool September and is all downhill!

I placed 5th out of 32 in my age group, which I suppose isn't bad considering I've got lots of training to do. I think most of us gave at least 15-30 sec's due to the warmth. Here's a scary thought... According to McMillan, I need to be able to shave about 3.5 minutes off this to be in sync with a 3:00 hour marathon. Ugh. Let the work begin...

6:25
6:48
6:50
6:51
6:52
6:50
1:15
41:52

Recap of May 28th week

Mon - 11
Tue - 6
Wed - 9
Thu - Rest
Fri - 5 recovery
Sat - Warm-up + 10k race = 7
Sun - 3 recovery

Total: 41

This week will climax with the Great Midwest Relay running from Madison to Chicago. Yahoo! I will try for 43 miles this week, which will include 18 from the relay. This will be officially week 1 of 18 for the Chicago Training plan.

8 comments:

Ruslan said...

Great splits. Congratulations! 41:52 is tough work.

Nitmos said...

You're just starting the training plan for Chicago...you shouldn't be at the 3 hr level yet!! Great race. Lots of nice, hot summer running to look forward to.

Fran said...

Great job! I know it's hard to look down the road to where you think you should be. Put in the miles and the results should come.

Firefly's Running said...

Awesome race, Ryan!

Steve said...

Ryan,
Would you believe I ran a 47 something 10k april 2006? I did. Don't worry about the times now...hard work and they will come down. Use races like this as motivation.

robtherunner said...

Congratulations on the PR. Let the work begin.

jen said...

Great job and Congrats on the PR! I know you are capable of running much faster, and I know you know it too. Keep up the good work man!! :)

yumke said...

Racing is the last thing on my mind :) Have fun with the relay!