This past Friday I ran the Finish at the Fifty. This is always a special race for me because I remember how I felt really sick for 4 days after running it 2 years ago (read more on why here). Every year I go back I feel like it is an accomplishment!
This year was particularly special since it was my first race with my new minimalist running form I was getting trained in at the Spaulding National Running Center. I was pumped to see how I felt after so I could also give my PT some feedback when I went back for a check-in.
I wasn’t sure what to expect. From some of my past runs, I was hoping to get an 8:30 pace however I ended up killing it and doing much better than I thought. I had a net time of 23:44 which ended up being an average pace of 7:39! I felt good throughout the entire race with the exception of the balls of my feet (especially my right foot). It felt like I was developing a huge blister on both feet. I realized this probably was because I was running much faster than I have been and my feet weren’t used to it yet. After the race, my hips haven’t been hurting any more than the typical soreness they have from sitting all day. I think this is a good sign that I can keep training for upcoming races…I’ll let you know what is in store soon!
I also was proud of our friend Derek who completed his first 5k and his wife Beth who PR’d from last year by 7 minutes! Last year was her first race and since then she has been a running maniac and completed her first half marathon–I can’t wait to see where her running shoes bring her next!
Overall this was a great race experience. I only had one pet peeve and that was the race start. I am a huge advocate of everyone participating in a race, however I think it’s important for people to respect the pacing groups at the starting line up.
I went to around the 8:00 pace group since I know some people often move to a faster group when they shouldn’t (I mean even I was guilty of this when I was hoping for an 8:30 pace!). Once we got started running, there were SO many people who started the race walking that must have been in the 7:00 or faster pace group! It was so frustrating to get stuck and not be in a groove to start. I was able to find my way to an area where I could run at a consistent pace, but the start was not ideal. I know that it is a fun race, but I think it can be a fun race but also organized in a way.
Last thing I wanted to mention was how impressed I am with the female winner. She was 14 years old and had an average pace of 6:17! I won’t underestimate that kid standing next to me next time I’m at a start line!
Hope you all had a happy 4th!
Read my past year recaps to learn more about the course and experience:
Questions for you
How do you feel about people lining up in pace groups at the beginning of races?
Do you run any races on the 4th?