5/30/09 Minute Maid Sucktathlon

A place where I can ramble about this and that without flooding the rest of the boards.

5/30/09 Minute Maid Sucktathlon

Postby Mythmere » Sat May 30, 2009 8:59 am

My wife and I just got back from running a 5K - I'm not sure of the name of it, but it was run at Minute Maid stadium here in good old Houston. It turned out to be as to a normal 5k as a miniature golf course is to a regular golf course. 83 degrees and high humidity (75%, maybe?), and the course went over a couple of overpasses. Not only that, there was no water at the two mile mark (it's normal to have a water station at both the one and the two mile mark).

Ouch.

Nevertheless, it seems like we managed it in pretty good time - Madison (that's my wife) says that her watch measured us at less than a 13 minute mile rate all the way through. Which isn't bad, given that when I started seeing spots in front of my eyes from the heat somewhere after the two mile mark, I just walked the rest of the way with only a couple of short jogs.

Normally, 3.1 miles isn't a big deal - we're running training runs at 6 miles, now. But this one was a bear. :?
Mythmere
Site Admin
 
Posts: 4397
Joined: Wed Aug 27, 2008 12:15 pm

Re: 5/30/09 Minute Maid Sucktathlon

Postby The Venomous Pao » Sat May 30, 2009 10:19 am

I know nothing of this "running" of which you speak*. I just wanted to say that I thought the thread title referred to the season the Disastros (or Lastros,take yer pick) are having :(


* I lied. I know it's not a good thing to see spots when you're doing it. Which is why I don't. Be careful, man!
Contributing Author
Minotaur (Not Quarterly) #s 1-4 | Swords & Wizardry Monster Book | Knockspell #s 3 & 5
Old School, New School, And Other Bloggy Bits at: Strange Stones
The Venomous Pao
 
Posts: 243
Joined: Wed Nov 19, 2008 3:22 pm
Location: Austin, TX

Re: 5/30/09 Minute Maid Sucktathlon

Postby bat » Sat May 30, 2009 12:42 pm

It is so beastly hot here that running isn't an option unless it is very short distances.

Good on you for toughing it out!
Ancient Vaults & Eldritch Secrets blog
Sans la colère. Sans la haine. Et sans la pitié.
bat
 
Posts: 572
Joined: Thu Feb 26, 2009 11:08 pm

Re: 5/30/09 Minute Maid Sucktathlon

Postby Lord Kilgore » Sat May 30, 2009 1:58 pm

I'm a moderately serious runner and am running a marathon in South Bend (finish in Notre Dame stadium) next Saturday. It will be my second full marathon. I'm not "all that and a bag of chips" when it comes to speed, but I usually place in the top 10% or so.

5Ks are actually a lot tougher than their distance makes them sound. The effort per mile (or per minute or per step or whatever) is brutal. I usually refer to them as the "5000 Meter Dash" and tell everyone that to place well you need to "start fast, accelerate throughout the second mile, and then really turn it on for the third before sprinting to the finish." A lot of serious runners who run half-marathons and marathons absolutely HATE 5Ks because you can't really "settle into a groove" and cruise. My advice to those wanting to race is "If at any time in a 5K you ever say to yourself, "Hey, this isn't so bad after all!" it's because you've already screwed up by not running that last mile hard enough."

Even those not trying to be competitive will suffer from the deceptive ease of such a "short" race. Just tell yourself "no matter how bad I feel right now, it will be over in XX minutes" and keep putting one foot in front of the other. (Spots, however, could be trouble. As VP said, be careful. Since you're doing training runs of 6, though, it shouldn't be anything to worry about.)

Heat and humidity really sock it to me (and most runners), so GREAT JOB about gutting it out. No water at mile 2 on a hot and humid day should be a criminal offense.
Lord Kilgore was last seen entering the Lost Caverns some years ago...
Lord Kilgore
 
Posts: 299
Joined: Wed Mar 11, 2009 11:15 am
Location: Grand Rapids, MI

Re: 5/30/09 Minute Maid Sucktathlon

Postby Mythmere » Sat May 30, 2009 2:35 pm

Our first 5K was nice - we were at the point where it was the right distance for marathon training for where we were at that time. For us, it was a pretty long run. Then, whammo, we run the next one - with us running 6 miles for the long runs and completely ready to go to 10 ... exactly what you talked about kicked in. The race is too short for any sort of marathon training, it's just a race - and the sorts of things you do in a real distance run don't apply. It isn't about endurance.

Except in this case, endurance of the heat...

I'm looking forward to the next long run, though. It's much cooler to settle into a groove and focus on the endurance.
Mythmere
Site Admin
 
Posts: 4397
Joined: Wed Aug 27, 2008 12:15 pm

Re: 5/30/09 Minute Maid Sucktathlon

Postby Lord Kilgore » Sat May 30, 2009 2:50 pm

Mythmere wrote:Our first 5K was nice - we were at the point where it was the right distance for marathon training for where we were at that time.

Are you training for a full marathon?

Yeah, the 5K "Fun Run" thing is fine if you're really just about being out there with a bunch of other runners and getting a T-shirt. If you want to race (either with others or to set a personal record) there's nothing "fun" about 5Ks.

And heat+humidity sucks, no matter the distance. As you're in Texas I'm sure you know it well, but STAY HYDRATED. Not just while running, either. Before, after, and in between. (Some other advice I like to give is "If you're not peeing way too much, you're not drinking nearly enough.")
:lol:
Lord Kilgore was last seen entering the Lost Caverns some years ago...
Lord Kilgore
 
Posts: 299
Joined: Wed Mar 11, 2009 11:15 am
Location: Grand Rapids, MI

Re: 5/30/09 Minute Maid Sucktathlon

Postby Mythmere » Sat May 30, 2009 3:00 pm

Lord Kilgore wrote:
Mythmere wrote:Our first 5K was nice - we were at the point where it was the right distance for marathon training for where we were at that time.

Are you training for a full marathon?


San Antonio, November 15. :shock:
Mythmere
Site Admin
 
Posts: 4397
Joined: Wed Aug 27, 2008 12:15 pm

Re: 5/30/09 Minute Maid Sucktathlon

Postby Lord Kilgore » Sat May 30, 2009 3:10 pm

Mythmere wrote:
Lord Kilgore wrote:
Mythmere wrote:Our first 5K was nice - we were at the point where it was the right distance for marathon training for where we were at that time.

Are you training for a full marathon?


San Antonio, November 15. :shock:

Awesome! I considered that for last year. It's one I'd like to run someday.
Lord Kilgore was last seen entering the Lost Caverns some years ago...
Lord Kilgore
 
Posts: 299
Joined: Wed Mar 11, 2009 11:15 am
Location: Grand Rapids, MI

Re: 5/30/09 Minute Maid Sucktathlon

Postby Bandigerbolls » Sat May 30, 2009 5:17 pm

We had our own Minute Maid Suckathon here, today.

We sat on soft grass under a shady oak, and sucked down some Minute Maid pomegranate lemonaid with Pepperidge Farm chocolate chip cookies.

It was brutal! ;)
Bandigerbolls
 
Posts: 316
Joined: Fri Apr 17, 2009 7:14 pm

Re: 5/30/09 Minute Maid Sucktathlon

Postby Mythmere » Sun May 31, 2009 9:20 am

Bandigerbolls wrote:We had our own Minute Maid Suckathon here, today.

We sat on soft grass under a shady oak, and sucked down some Minute Maid pomegranate lemonaid with Pepperidge Farm chocolate chip cookies.

It was brutal! ;)


All these runners say that there's a big endorphin rush from it. As I told my wife after my very first run: "Yup, that endorphin rush is hitting me like an anvil." :D

Mmmm... pomegranate lemonade ...
Mythmere
Site Admin
 
Posts: 4397
Joined: Wed Aug 27, 2008 12:15 pm

Next

Return to Ye "Blog"

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 2 guests