2006 Fineview Step-A-Thon 5K

The finish line was 400 ft higher than the starting line. I climbed 381 steps to get there. Needless to say, I wasn’t shooting for a personal record in this race. 😉

The temp was a little chilly at the start of the Fineview Step-A-Thon 5K (probably about 45), but it rose 10 or 15 degrees before the end. Physical exertion helped warm me up, too. I made a mistake at the beginning of the race that’ll correct next year. There was a flat stretch at the beginning that was intended to separate the pack before folks ascended the first set of stairs. I paced myself as I would have for any other 5K, which got me stuck behind people that walked up the steps instead of running up them. Next year I’ll sprint the beginning so people can be stuck behind me instead. 😉

I finished in 29:06 (9:23 pace), which is better than my Run With HAART time, but nothing to get excited about. I was 6th out of 7 20-29 males and 47th out of 56 runners. On May 14, I’ll be in the Run for the Cure 5K and I’m shooting for a sub-26:00 (8:23 pace) time. My goal is to run a sub-8:00 mile at the Pittsylvania Mile Run on June 3.

Comments 4

  1. rat wrote:

    Have fun in the race on Sunday! How good a shot do you think you’ll have to cut a minute off of your mile pace? I’m not familiar with either course, but I imagine there won’t be any stairs to slow you down this weekend…

    Posted 08 May 2006 at 8:57 pm
  2. Funky Dung wrote:

    Well, in two recent training 5K runs I finished in 26:44 and 26:50. That’s about an 8:39 pace, so 8:23 should be doable. Also, those stairs and hills REALLY slowed me down. If I can do a 9:23 under those conditions, I ought to be able to do better in more optimal conditions.

    Posted 08 May 2006 at 10:00 pm
  3. advogado de diabo wrote:

    Good to hear you did Fineview, I’d like to get that one under my belt someday.

    Posted 09 May 2006 at 10:31 pm
  4. Funky Dung wrote:

    “8:23 should be doable”

    Yesterday, I ran a training 10K. I ran the first half in 24:30 and the whole thing in 49:49, so I’m now running at about an 8:00 pace. :)

    Posted 10 May 2006 at 8:09 am

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