RECAP: Shark Tooth 10K (or, “Timeless Challenge #1”)

This morning kicked off another awesome double race weekend: Shark Tooth 10K today, Iron Girl Clearwater (1/2) tomorrow! I didn’t really have a race strategy for this back-to-back weekend, other than finishing strong and smiling…so this was certainly a nice surprise:

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Yahooo!

…but first, let’s back up a bit.

A few weeks ago. my friend Sara posted an article from Runner’s World called, “Run Your Fastest Race with the ‘Timeless Challenge’” – now, I’d definitely recommend checking the story out, but here’s the short of it: it claims that, with proper training/tuning, you can run your best race using your body as a guide, rather than your GPS watch. The prospect frankly freaked the heck out of me, but the only way to beat fear is to face it (right!!??) so I thought I’d give it a go, and this was the perfect opportunity.

The race was set to begin at 7:15, so I woke up at 5:30, got ready, and hit the road by 6:15. Although the race site was just about 20 minutes away, I was glad to arrive early and snag a great parking spot! (Note: I had picked up my bib on Thursday, but if I had’t had the chance to do so, race-day pickup was also available)

I hung out and relaxed in the car until about 7, then headed out to the staging area, where I ran into my friend Rob and a few of his friends. We run a similar pace, but I knew I wasn’t going to keep up with him today (he had been posting some rockin’ 5K times lately!) so I told him I’d see him at the finish!!

Before I knew it, we were OFF! The first big difference in not wearing a watch? No worrying about synching my watch just as I stepped on the timing mat, whoo! That was a plus 🙂

IMG_20140412_082205Now, this recap is going to feel a little “off” without splits posted, but – well, I don’t have any!! However, I did, as much as possible, work on keeping a really even pace over the 6.2 miles – with the exception of Mile 1 (since it was narrow and crowded). As far as the rest of the race went, I ran the entire time (didn’t feel the need to stop at any of the three water stations, thanks to the cool weather, and on account of I kind of had to pee from Mile 2 and beyond, hah) and didn’t feel “tired” until around Mile 6, as that last “.2” was on crumbly/gravel-y pavement and I was worried I’d wipe out there at the end. The hardest part really was not knowing “where” I was the whole race.

To be honest, when I pushed down the runway (the race took place at the Venice Airport Fairgrounds) I was a little bummed to see “49.xx” as my PR for the 10K (from 2012) is 48:01, and I know I am capable of a faster time, but I had to remind myself that I haven’t been training – I mean, this week was a 30K, and a 5K – just easy running since DONNA. With that in mind, I was stoked about that 49:14, watchless – in fact, the only disappointment I felt after I noshed on my post-race bagel was the fact that I had no splits to pore over 😉

IMG_20140412_105305933As I made my way around to check out the booths around after the race, I saw Rob again (and a nice gal that said she read my blog! HI friend, I feel like a doofus that I didn’t ask your name/grab a pic…!!) and congratulated him on a great race (I think he came in at 46:XX), and he had some news for me…I took first in my AG! WHAT? That was definitely a cool surprise! Nothing beats finishing out AND opening up AG awards!

 

Now, I am still not 100 percent convinced that watchless is for me, but I can definitely see the benefits – but maybe I cheated a little because I did listen to music (I picked a 50 minute playlist, and so made it a minor goal to finish the race before the music was over.

This was definitely a fun race, and I’d consider running it again. It provided a lot of great scenery changes (and for this part of Florida, a surprising amount of terrain/elevation change) and besides the initial mile out of the fairground area, the course was spaced out well, and comfortable.

So, tomorrow…Iron Girl Half…so, goodnight!

Do you race tech-free?

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21 thoughts on “RECAP: Shark Tooth 10K (or, “Timeless Challenge #1”)

  1. Nice job Krissy and how fun to get a cute tile/paperweight for a prize! My sister ran watchless at Princess (and in a cotton tee shirt no less, and nailed a 1:56 at 64 years old!) However, she is very old school and does not own a Garmin and never will. I am not sure I will ever race without my watch, but I barely looked at it during my recent marathon when I had a pacer….now that was fun!

    • Pam – thanks!! I think the longer you run, the more you can trust your paces, so I hope one day I can “know” what a pace feels like more, so I thought that aspect was awesome. But, like you, I definitely see it as an incredible training tool…though a nice pacer is awesome.

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  3. I think I’m going to go garmin free for my half marathon in June. I have never run a goal race without it but I’ve been getting in my head so much lately with data overload during races that I’ve decided to just run by feel and see what happens. I really am tempted to wear the garmin with some random data point on the screen ( like HR but not wear a monitor) so I have the data for later though! Trying to resist even that and just be freeeeee ! Good for you for trying it!!

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