An Accurate Assessment...
Sunday, March 25, 2012
I did the LiveFit cardio challenge for this weekend by running in my first officially timed race in 32 years. It was also my first chip timed race. It was a memorial 5K for a former Binghamton University Rowing Crew Team member who was killed in Iraq. The participants were mostly B.U. athletes, Marines, Army, and Police with few people in my age group. I finished 219th out of 505. My time was consistent with what I have been doing near home.
Distance: 3.2 mi, -Pace: 9:36 min/mi, -Duration: 00:30:46, -Speed: 6.24mi/h.
I was surprised because I thought the competition would bring my speed up a bit. The weather conditions were excellent, but the course was all paved roads with no opportunity to run on a softer shoulder.
The thing that put me off about the chip was that I had to agree to pay $110 if I lost or damaged it. It strapped around my ankle with Velcro and did not feel very secure.
Today I'm going to register for the Binghamton Bridge Run half marathon which will be held May 6th. That will give me a month to work on my endurance and a week to fortify myself for the race. I'm predicting 14 minute miles, but of course I'd like to surprise myself by doing better.