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Shamrock Shuffle 2011

Sunday, March 27th, 2011 · 6 Comments

I raced the Shamrock Shuffle 5-mile race in Glens Falls, NY today for the fourth year in a row. I may be getting older, but I’m also getting faster, which is a good feeling.

This was Race #45 (2nd of 2011). It was a beautiful, sunny day with some slight 5 MPW winds. Much better than last year’s 19 MPH winds. I had three goals. Here they are, in order of increasing difficulty:

  1. Beat last year’s time (32:33).
  2. Set 5-mile PR.
  3. Break 32:00.

Two of three isn’t bad. I set a PR (32:03, official time – view results PDF), beating last year’s time by 30 seconds and taking 6 seconds off my PR (set at 2010 Delmar Dash). I placed 22nd overall (of 350 552) and 2nd in division (results show 3 of 21, but 1 of 21 guy placed 3rd overall, and top 3 get overall awards, not division awards). I left before I was awarded my victory coffee mug. :)

As for the race, I spent the first couple miles trying to fall into a steady pace. I didn’t really get into the groove until about Mile 3 when another guy put the pass on me. I answered and picked up the pace, staying on his heels until Mile 4, when I passed him, but didn’t give it my all just yet. We jockeyed for position a few times, and ultimately I pulled ahead as he slowed, passing a few more people before the finish, turning on a fast sprint to the line. I really picked it up as I saw the clock inching toward 32:00, but didn’t quite get across the line in time.

Really happy with the race. I pushed hard throughout, and felt strong but pleasantly spent by the end, satisfied I’d given it my all.

Shamrock Shuffle 5-miler historical improvement:

  • 2008: 41:51 (8:23 pace) (blog recap)
  • 2009: 33:39 (6:43 pace)
  • 2010: 32:33 (6:30 pace) (blog recap)
  • 2011: 32:03 (6:24 pace)

After the race, I was talking with a couple older guys who’d run the race — a 77-year-old (#209) who’s run just about all of the 25 Shamrock Shuffles, and a 74-year-old (#222). Both clocked in times of 50+ minutes, which is about a 10+ pace. Very respectable for that age. I told them that guys like them motivate me to keep on running, and I hoped I’d be as fit as they were when I was their age.

They said the secret is to listen to your body and not to push too hard, which many competitive runners have a tendency to do. The 77-year-old guy (a retired doctor) said his resting heart rate in the morning is 48, which is at least 12 BPM slower than mine.

Congrats to everyone who raced today!

Mile splits (view Garmin data):

Split Time Avg Pace Best Pace Avg HR Max HR Calories
1 0:06:34 6:34 5:44 162 174 122
2 0:06:21 6:21 5:44 172 181 123
3 0:06:21 6:21 5:48 168 176 122
4 0:06:26 6:26 6:03 166 172 123
5 0:06:14 6:14 4:41 163 174 121
6 0:00:04 4:04 4:14 161 163 1
Summary 0:32:02 6:23 4:14 166 181 612

Tags: running

6 responses so far ↓

  • 1 jen a. // Mar 28, 2011 at 7:25 am

    great job rockin’ the shamrock shuffle again this year!! cool to see how you have steadily made your way toward dominating the course with each passing year!

  • 2 Blog Master G // Mar 28, 2011 at 8:57 am

    Thanks, love! And thanks for always being my biggest fan. :)

  • 3 jen a. // Mar 28, 2011 at 8:58 am

    of course! and i’m an even BIGGER fan these days – cheering for two and all.

  • 4 Blog Master G // Mar 28, 2011 at 9:40 am

    Heh heh. True that! :)

  • 5 bro bro // Mar 30, 2011 at 10:37 am

    congrats, bro! yup, i second how cool it is to track your improvement over the years. and those old farts are impressive and all, but YOU are the inspiration! babies.

  • 6 Blog Master G // Mar 30, 2011 at 10:44 am

    Ha! Thanks, Bro. Appreciate it.

    Babies. And party horns. \m/

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