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2004-09-07 5:21 PM

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When I am out training, I usually push the last mile-or-so on my short runs. Sometimes I must sound like a freight train, huffing and puffing, feet slapping the ground, to others around me. But, I know this effort will make me better in the long run.

Now, my question has to do with the effort I put into the race. I plan on running most of the 5 miler I am doing at a comfortable pace but should I “close” in “full gear,” and risk scaring others away? Not that there will be many people left by the time I get around to the finish anyway.

Seriously, should I be worried about how I look/sound crossing the line or just go for my PB?

Sorry for such a stupid question and thanks for any replies!

Rob


2004-09-07 5:27 PM
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go for it. nobody's going to care. go with how you feel.
2004-09-07 5:35 PM
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Go for it. You paid your money.. make all the noise you want
2004-09-07 5:49 PM
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Why save it until the end?
2004-09-07 7:16 PM
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Go like hell...pull out all of the stops...you-know-what's to the wall...everyone will be too busy doing the same thing to even notice how you sound!
2004-09-07 7:28 PM
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I was grunting so bad, I heard other "women" (not stereotyping 'cause I'm one) comment... "my God she sounds like an elephant coming!!!" so be it - - one must breathe how they may Go for it


2004-09-07 9:31 PM
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It's been said that if you want to race fast, you have to train fast. By extension, you should race how you train, and it that means sprinting, screaming, the last couple hundred meters or so, do it.

There are no style points awarded in triathlons!
2004-09-07 9:43 PM
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I did one of my races this year with a chest cold - and was wheezing so loudly during the last portion of the run that the woman in front of me turned to look at me, so I apologized for scaring her - then passed her
So run your own race and don't worry about it.
2004-09-07 10:10 PM
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Laerka - 2004-09-07 7:43 PM

I did one of my races this year with a chest cold - and was wheezing so loudly during the last portion of the run that the woman in front of me turned to look at me, so I apologized for scaring her - then passed her


NICE!
2004-09-07 11:25 PM
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Laerka, that just rocks.

2004-09-08 5:39 AM
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Just go for your PB with all means. All sorts of noise included. Everyone will do the same! Don't worry about "scaring" others during the finish, it is normal.


2004-09-08 7:14 AM
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joeinco - 2004-09-07 10:10 PM

Laerka - 2004-09-07 7:43 PM

I did one of my races this year with a chest cold - and was wheezing so loudly during the last portion of the run that the woman in front of me turned to look at me, so I apologized for scaring her - then passed her


NICE!


I agree... That is AWESOME!

Thanks for the replies folks. I won't worry about it and just do what feels right!

Cheers,
Rob
2004-09-08 7:39 AM
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Run your own race and don't worry about the others around you.   Some may be too busy throwing up to notice your breathing!  Good Luck

Evelyn

2004-09-08 8:23 AM
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You can make all the noise you want ... it's YOUR race. Heck, I've been passed by people wheezing, groaning, burping, and just plain gasping for breath...but they DID pass me!
2004-09-08 8:33 AM
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Don't think you need to worry about it. I've never been to a triathlon but the road races I've entered there are plenty of people 'huffing and puffing'. There are a lot of people who are really pushing themselves so you won't be alone.

I find the gym worse. I'm always dripping with sweat and towards the end gasping for breath everyone else seems to be taking it easy staring at me.
2004-09-08 9:08 AM
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Thanks again for the replies folks and, John, I'm honored that your first post was in response to my question - Welcome!

Cheers,
Rob

Edited by MountainBreeze 2004-09-08 9:09 AM


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