I know for those other runners out there that this technically isn’t very fast for a 5K. For instance my buddy Sam who ran with me and did less training killed it at 21:36. But I am happy with my time. It was a minute slower than I ran it last year but this was my first race in my Vibram Five Fingers. I must say that I was initially worried at the before hand. The farthest I have made it before this was 2.8 miles with no hills. I am sure that the adrenaline of the race helped me get through. This is definitely not a fast course just take a look at this elevation profile:
Running this in my VFF’s was great. I can say one thing for sure I hammered these hills better than I ever did in regular shoes. Since you strike mid/fore foot you can power up hills like nobody’s business. Unfortunately going downhill wasn’t so easy. I couldn’t over stride and let gravity do its work. Towards the end I was getting the hang of it and should do better at my next race.
My goal right now is to work up to a half-marathon by October. I am not sure if that is pushing too hard or not with this transition to the VFF’s. In August I am planning on running the North Face Endurance Challenge 10K to gauge where my training is at. I also wonder if I should train in Nike Free’s for longer races such as a half or full marathon in the future.
|Overall Place||185 / 2001|
|Gender Place||152 / 726|
|Division Place||22 / 104|