Ran the Polar Bear Doubler this morning. The Polar Bear is a 3 mile race followed by a 5 mile race 45 minutes later. If you run both they call it the Doubler. Seems to me that double would be 3 and 3 or 5 and 5, not 3 and five. Also I didn’t see any polar bears and it wasn’t even cold out so not sure how this is a Polar Bear run. Whatever.
First up was a 3 mile race. I ran this race on a whim to gauge of my fitness level. I didn’t have any goals or expectations. I felt really sluggish in my warm up run. I obviously had not recovered from the 9 mile run Thursday night. A 9 mile pace run is not something I would normally do two days before a race but I didn’t see this as a race so much as a speed workout/fitness test. In most races, especially the short one, I take off too fast at the start. This race was no exception but I was instantly pleased and horrified when I hit the one-mile mark at 6:15. That is my 5k PR pace. I wasn’t sure what shape I was in but I knew for sure I wasn’t in 5k PR shape. If I was only running the 3 mile race I might have tried to keep pushing the pace a little but I backed off in mile 2. In mile 3 I could hear a runner breathing down my neck. I decided that if she was going to pass me she would have to work for it. I shortened my stride, leaned in, and increased the cadence. Eventually I started to pull away, never even saw her. After the finish I was delirious and didn’t think to turn around and thank her for the nice run. I may have been distracted by all the vomit on the ground in the finish chute. In hindsight it would have been better to have let her go and save some gas for the 5 mile run. Finish time 20:39
Starting the 5 mile run too fast was not a problem. I was somewhat recovered from the 3 mile but definitely had no spring left in the legs. I never even heard a warning. I was flapping my lips with a friend I hadn’t seen since last spring and suddenly the horn went off. First mile was a respectable 7:04. Having neither the desire or ability to maintain that pace I decided to relax and then try to kick a little in the last 2 miles. I cranked out a 6:51 in mile 4. Couldn’t keep that up and came across the finish with a mile 5 time of 7:14. Finish time 36:02. Not bad.
I need to get some serious speed work in over the next few weeks and lose the last of my China fat, about 5 pounds. Coming up on March 12 is the Dino 15k at Eagle Creek. March 13 is the Big 10 Hoops 5k. Then Sam Costa on March 26th, my all time favorite half mary. Run Happy!