Bobby Doyle 5 mile race report

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  1. Teage

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    Bobby Doyle 5 Mile Race Report
    By Teage


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    Bobby Doyle was hot. It wasn't just a hot day, it was already hot and humid at 5am when I got up for a shakeout run. In college, my teammates and I would always go for a slow (10 minute pace) jog for 10 minutes about 4 hours before morning races. It was a good way to get out our nerves and get the stiffness out of our legs. It's also a great way to catch sunrise. I slowly jogged through the streets of Wakefield, Mass, finally getting a chance to think about the race. It'd been a hectic summer with summer camps, lots of admin stuff, and getting married, so my training - though consistent - had taken a back seat to the rest of life.

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    My teammates (I run for Green Mtn Athletic Association) and I drove about two hours to the race. While it was coastal (Narraganset), it was still hot and muggy from the rain that fell overnight. My biggest distraction I was thinking about once we arrived was that I didn't have much of a context for the race. It's part of USATF's New England Grand Prix series, and I run most of these if I can, so it was on my race calendar. But otherwise, going in I didn't really have a racing plan for the fall and hadn't raced since a disappointing marathon in the spring. This left the race kind of just sitting somewhere in the middle. So with the heat and lack of expectations I didn't have much of a race plan. I wasn't even sure if I wanted to run barefoot or not. I ran the race last year barefoot and the roads are pretty rough in places so I was nervous about that. In the end I decided to go sans shoes and was happy I did.

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    Initially I was disappointed with my finish, and I think I still am a little unsatisfied. I don't think my heart was ever real there, focused like a wild animal. My thinking mind was definitely there, but it kept pulling me in different directions and I struggled to stay focused. I hit a steady pace through the first 3 miles (which are mostly flat or downhill), going through 2 miles at 10:02, 5k @ 15:29. The last couple of miles are mostly uphill and a bit slower so my pace dropped to 5:15 pace.

    The worst part of the race was the end. With 400m to go someone yelled that no one was near me. I try not to look behind me while running, thinking instead that I should only be focused on what's ahead. Afterall, I'm not ever really racing anyone other than me. With 200 or so to go I got passed, which roused my anger and I suddenly found I had another gear. I was angry at the spectator, angry at myself for not racing hard, and angry that try as I might I knew I couldn't keep pace with him and that I let up with about 50m to go. What was as frustrating as getting passed was having all that extra energy but not having my own internal motivation draw it up. I should have really been pushing harder over the last two miles anyways.

    My time was about 35 seconds off from last year, but I was 11 this year, better than last year's 15th, and looking at other people's performances the disparity in time seems about on par. I hope that part of my subpar performance was just being out of the racing scene for awhile. I know in college I would have been thrilled with a 25:24 opener.

    My feet also were fine in the end. Though I found that most of the race my thoughts were dedicated to thinking about my feet and not the race.

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  2. dutchie53

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    Congrats on a great race and finishing time.
     
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    I don't think you should beat yourself up about this one, and I don't think you should overthink it. I wish I could run a 5 minute pace. You did great! Congrats!
     
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    Mirrored on the home page. Thanks for sharing!
     
  5. Teage

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    Thanks, TJ & Dutchie,
    Definitely not beating myself up over this, but it's helpful for me to find ways of acknowledging where the frustrations and shortcomings were, fix or address any thing in my control, and then move on. I ran another race on Saturday that was much much better having spent time focusing on this race.
     
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    thanks for sharing,
    it's very interesting to read how such a fast runner is experiencing his race
    and congratulations
     
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    Wow, that's pretty fast especially barefoot, even if it wasn't your best performance! I wish I could hit 5 minute miles... I'm getting closer every year but still such a long way off!
     
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    Good read and very inspirational! Thanks


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  9. Teage

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    Thanks for all the positive feedback. I'll hopefully post another race report in the next couple weeks.
     

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