Salt Lake City 5K - Run5k

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Salt Lake City, Utah
United States
80F / 27C
Total Time = 22m 32s
Overall Rank = 152/2321
Age Group = 25-29 M
Age Group Rank = 24/135
Pre-race routine:

Arrived downtown at 5 am prepared to participate in the Salt Lake Bike Tour. I gave my tires one last check before leaving and they were good. Unfortunately, as my luck would have it, when I arrived I had a flat so I was s-o-l... Tried to get a spare tube from some bikers, but no such luck. So I opted to run the 5K in place of my Bro-in-law (he wasn't running it since he was participating in the bike tour too). Found my way over to the Trax train and took it to the starting area of the 5K. Sat for an hour and a half since the race didn't start 'til 7:20.
Event warmup:

Stretching... Plenty of stretching- calves, hams, quads and some upper stretches too. Mental preparation was easy today- I was ready and committed to hold at least a 7:30, and I wasn't going to stop. I had committed myself to make the most of this race since I was disappointed about the bike trouble. I was determined to "turn my frown upside down" :)
  • 22m 32s
  • 3.11 miles
  • 07m 15s  min/mile

Felt great through the entire run. Maintained a strong steady pace that helped me pull through the race!

One boo-boo I had was dropping my car keys. I had it in one of the back pockets of my cycle jersey and it popped out about 1/2 mile into the course. I had to run back 100 feet (into the runners) and grab them. That prob. cost me a few seconds actually.
What would you do differently?:

-Run faster? Honestly, I think I did about as good as I could based on my training. I might have been able to push myself harder, but I felt like I managed pace very well and I would have given that up as a result of pushing too hard.

-Leave the carkeys and cell phone (it's a pocket pc phone for crying out loud!) somewhere so I dont have to carry them in my hand/pockets through the race. I was worrying about my carkeys for the rest of the race after I dropped them. I experimented with many options for stashing the keys other than my hands during the race.
Post race
Warm down:

Celebrated hitting a PR 5K time! I was amazed at how much better I felt than I did a year ago after crossing the finish line. Sure I was winded, but not ready to pass out like last year's race! And I caught my breath in less than a minute. Stretched a bit more to loosen the legs, but mostly just walked around the post-race area with a big smile on my face!

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Lack of being able to stretch out my stride. I'd say if I want to get faster I'm going to really have to start focusing on lengthening my stride on each step.

Event comments:

A big event- very fun to be part of it! And the best part was being closer to the head of the pack than the tail!! There were fewer runners by almost half this year (maybe they were all doing the half-marathon?) so it was less crowded but big enough to motivate! The greatest part was that this run was a great indication of my progress!! Last year, this was a virgin run for me- I was brand new to running, and ran a time of over 30 minutes. Today's run gave me a 22:30, nearly 8 minutes less than last year!! It was a riot to see just how far I've come!!!

Just a fun, easy run! I would have liked to do the half marathon had I known I would be doing a run instead of the bike tour... Maybe next year? But then again, I'd still like to actually do the bike tour too- Guess I'll have to figure that out!

Last updated: 2006-06-03 12:00 AM
00:22:32 | 03.11 miles | 07m 15s  min/mile
Age Group: 24/135
Overall: 152/2321
Performance: Good
Splits: Mile 1: ~7:10 Mile 2: ~7:15 Mile 3: ~7:15 I forgot to actually hit the lap button on my watch, but I did look at my times when I passed the mile markers.
Course: Fairly easy course- Slight downhill grade for 1st mile. Fairly flat through mile 2, and a short uphill after mile 2 for about 1/3 mile. Then downhill again through mile 3. Last 10th is pretty flat. See my training blog for an elevation chart.
Keeping cool Average Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 4