Showing posts with label corporate race. Show all posts
Showing posts with label corporate race. Show all posts

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Race report: Corporate 5K

Registration check in. Sign those waivers!
Yesterday's run (Corporate 5K): 3.1 miles - 26:22 (8:30 pace)

I like to keep my running life and my work life separate in this blog, but every once in a while they'll come together. Back in June we had a summer picnic in Central Park and I organized my colleagues for a 1.6 mile fun run. Last night I participated in a 5K race that was put on by my company as part of a corporate wellness program. It was an interesting experience and a lot of fun.

This 5K consisted of employees from four of our corporate divisions that have offices in NYC. The company is holding 5K's in other cities for other divisions based in those locations. A group of us left the office for the 1 train that took us uptown to Riverside Park, where the race was being held. The registration process started out a little bumpy but they did get through the 170 or so runners (and walkers) reasonably fast. We were all asked to sign waiver forms even though we'd already done that online.

Pre-race warm-up
Before the race, the organizers had participants run through some dynamic stretching exercises. Soon after that, we assembled behind the starting line for the race. There were a few speakers who talked about the event, the importance of fitness and how our company is contributing to charitable causes that support this initiative. This went on so long that my Garmin turned off its GPS and I had to scramble to reacquire a signal before the start.

Our course was interesting. We started at 108th street and headed north about eight blocks before turning south. This turnaround put us on a secondary path that was, at different times, packed dirt and broken pavement, with lots of twigs and branches from the trees. I gingerly avoided those branches since I was wearing my very minimal Hattori's. There were a number of rises throughout the course and some were fairly challenging.

Our route took us by the river where we did a couple of out and back loops before heading north again toward the finish. This was my first evening race and I expected to struggle but I didn't feel much different than I normally do. The out and backs provided an opportunity to see my position in the race because I would pass the the leaders going the other way. At other times, I could see those who were behind me.

The race ended with a straight section of recently paved blacktop and I ran hard to the finish line. A number of us questioned the length of the course because our GPS watches showed it to be less than 3.1 miles. I looked at my run in Garmin Connect and saw that the signal had drifted in a number of spots. That usually accounts for distance loss since the GPS often "cuts corners" due to sampling frequency.

After crossing the line, we spent a few minutes recovering. After that we claimed our bags and headed back to the subway to get us to our trains and buses. Others stayed for drinks and hors d'oeuvres but most of just wanted to get home. I have to say that all my colleagues did well. KWL finished in the top 10% and FS also finished high. Everyone else came in around mid-pack, as I did. With the majority of runners in the 20-29 age category, I think we did just fine.

Monday, July 23, 2012

Will a late day start ruin my race?

I woke up with some calf soreness and I figured it related to yesterday's running in the Hattori's. Although I've been running in low shoes like the Kinvara 3's and my Brooks test shoes, neither pair offer a zero drop experience like the Hattori's. The difference is only 4 mm, but that could be enough to aggravate my calves. After thinking about it more, I've concluded that the soreness actually came from running at speeds I haven't attempted for well over a month.

I'm curious to see how I will do during Wednesday afternoon's race. I can't think of a time when I've run late in the day and thought I'd performed particularly well. I've done all that I can to maximize my readiness, including Saturday's 6 miles and yesterday's intervals. Two days of recovery from my weekend running will get me to Wednesday. Since the race is at 6:00 PM, I'll get another half day's rest. Perhaps that additional recovery time will counter-balance the performance hit that I expect to take from that late day start.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Running doldrums

Wednesday's run (street): 2.5 miles
Today's run (treadmill): 25 minutes

It's been a a tough week. I've done a couple of runs since Monday, but I haven't had time to post. I've had a lot of distractions lately, both in and out of the office. My motivation to run is definitely at a low point. The good news is that a lack of motivation has not affected my running schedule and I'm on track for a normal mileage week. I'm just not feeling it these days. I'll blame the hot weather and the numerous non-running related items that are taking up my time and attention.

Next Wednesday is our corporate 5K. It will be a new experience to race in the city. It will be fun to return to Riverside Park, where I occasionally ran when I first moved to NYC in the early '90's. The race starts at 6:00 PM. As an early morning runner, I expect to have some trouble hitting my stride so late in the day. But, perhaps, the excitement of this race will help get me out of my running doldrums. That would be great.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

My first July race (corporate approved)

A corporate 5K - what's not to love?

Today's run (street): 2.5 miles

Today was one of those automatic pilot runs where I got up, got changed and headed outside without thinking about the effort ahead. Unlike yesterday, I let my natural rhythm determine my pace and I paid the price with a run that took over a minute longer than Tuesday's (along the same route). I gave myself a break after yesterday's hard run and was glad at the end.

It's all well and good to run easy, but suddenly I have a new race on the calendar and I have to train for speed. My parent company is holding a 5K in the city on July 25th and I've signed up. This would be my first ever July race. Most importantly, it's an opportunity to run with my colleagues. Many of my work friends have signed up to do it and I'm looking forward to the event. It's has an evening start time (6:00 PM) and I'm a morning runner, but I'm hoping to make the best of it.

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