Last Updated on November 8, 2014 by Heather Hart, ACSM EP, CSCS
Before I get started, I have three prediction run shout outs:
1) To the woman I was talking to about the Newtons & Vibrams who asked if I was the one with the blog: I feel so rude for not ever actually introducing myself! Hi, I’m Heather! It was nice to meet you and I hope you had a good run! I will see you at the next race! (i blame all of the shivering for being so impolite, silly me thinking it was a great day to wear my running skirt, haha)
2) To Christine, who came in second fastest female, while pushing 100 lbs worth of kid and jog stroller, and especially for passing the chick wearing the ipod. Rules said NO IPODS! (for prediction purposes, keep reading and you will see why before anyone hates on me about the ipods, haha).
3) To Dawn: You did it mama! Keep up the good work, you will run Cooper River with NO problem!
8th runner overall
4th woman overall
1st age group
no awards because I was waaaaaay off of my predicted time!
This morning I ran the Grand Strand Running Club’s 3rd annual “Prediction Run”. A 5k, where upon registration you predict your finish time. NO watches, garmins, cell phones, ipods, or anything else that might give you a heads up to your pace was allowed. Even your finishing time at the finish line was kept secret until awards later on!
Almost a month ago,when I registered, I was feeling fast and frisky. I thought I’d shoot for a P.R. of 22:10 (P.R. is currently 22:25). Well that goal went out the window between finals, then spending the week in NH stuffing my face and not running much, followed by returning home and continuing the trend, haha.
Regardless, I was excited to race.
It was a small race, maybe around 85 ish people? The cost of entry was 5 or more cans of food to be donated to a local church’s food bank. The course was almost 3 full loops around the 1.08 mile path around the pond at the old Air Force Base/now Market Commons (I can’t keep track of what everyone is calling it these days!) Cement (sidewalk) and FLAT. After the gun went off, there were two women ahead of me. Within the first few hundred yards I passed the first one. Came up upon the second one after maybe a quarter mile. I wasn’t trying to pass either, just running at my pace. Half a mile in, I started wondering if I was going WAY too fast. I felt ok…I was pushing a little bit, but this WAS a race after all. I just went with it. It was so weird not having that Garmin on my wrist to let me know if I was starting out too fast or too slow. Wow I rely on that thing way too much.
I spent the rest of the race speeding up, slowing down, trying to find a happy, yet still race pace. Oh, and I didn’t freaking walk. That’s my “Achilles heel” if you will with 5k’s, I tend to go like a bat out of hell at the start and burn myself out by the last loop, which makes me feel like so lame, that I can run 15 miles straight without stopping, yet I couldn’t run a 5k race without a walk break, ha! Anyway, glad those days are over. Some ladies passed me, I passed a few back. The very last 100 yards I sprinted to pass two ladies who had passed me earlier, and wondered why they made no effort to try and keep up. They weren’t pushing, really, I knew they had more in them. One even yelled to me “good strong finish!!” So heck, if they wanted to give me 4th place female, I’ll take it.
Turns out they knew more than I did, and your place nor speed didn’t matter, haha.
As I mentioned, it was a prediction run. The overall winners and age group awards were based on how close you came to your PREDICTED time. So, me being just under two whole minutes off my predicted time did NOT leave me in the running for an award. As you can imagine, my inner competitive brat was temporarily a little pissy about this, but she got over it really quickly.
It was amazing how close some people came to their predicted times! Within seconds. And the overall winner predicted her time EXACTLY. How do you do that? I guess it’s either some serious consistency with your training runs, luck, or a little bit of both! I am all over the place with my pace, even with the Garmin on, so I really had no chance at this one, haha!
Regardless, it was a good, (cold), fun race, for a GOOD cause, and was an AMAZING way to start off my New Year!
I hope you all have had a fantastic start to 2010! Happy running, my friends!
Heather Hart is an ACSM certified Exercise Physiologist, NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), UESCA certified Ultrarunning Coach, RRCA certified Running Coach, co-founder of Hart Strength and Endurance Coaching, and creator of this site, Relentless Forward Commotion. She is a mom of two teen boys, and has been running and racing distances of 5K to 100+ miles for over a decade. Heather has been writing and encouraging others to find a love for fitness and movement since 2009.