The effect of competition was apparent on the performance of my two 5Ks yesterday. I finally found the race results from the Colder Boulder and was surprised to learn I ran faster in the Rudolph Dash. I ran 23:10 in the first race compared to 22:21 in the second run. Clearly this was due to my efforts to keep up with my neighbors.
The run didn’t feel as strong because my legs felt so heavy, but I did loosen up half way along the course and must have run stronger the final mile. The two neighbors I ran with are Keith Jaggers and Chris Price. Keith lead us through the wind on the first mile to where we were all sufficiently winded. I credit myself with pushing the second mile – certainly once we hit Sunset – finally catching Triolo who had been flying from the start like a bat out of hell. And then Chris brought us home with his 22:11.
I probably shouldn’t be too surprised by this. It actually makes me happy to think I could recover enough from the morning race to do this well in the afternoon. And I shouldn’t downplay the benefits of the men’s pedicure at noon. This is my secret recovery technique that I highly recommend. I went with Ellie who got flowers painted on her toe nails while I received a foot and calf massage. Competition and pampering – that’s the secret to top performance.