Sunday, March 16

Bad Pitter Pat Karma

Instant Karma's gonna get you -- John Lennon, Instant Karma

When I (rslight) was a teenager, I really misheard the words to that John Lennon song.
I thought his opening lyrics were: Think some cop is gonna get you.
It makes sense.
Think some cop is gonna get you. Gonna knock you right on the head.
I thought the song was called "Shine On." Sometimes I would hear people mention Lennon's "Instant Karma" and wonder how that song went (before I bought the John Lennon Collection in college).

The Pitter Pat 5K in Springfield has left me in similar bewilderment for two years now. The local Junior League does a commendable job of organizing it, but it's just not a rslight-friendly course. I'm not sure I can articulate why.

Saturday's race wound through a western section of city and seemed to have ample corners and subtle elevation changes. With an apology to homeowners, the neighborhood lacked charming scenery, although the rainy sky may have made it appear more drab.

Last year I made the mistake of eating a large breakfast before the Pitter Pat and suffered stomach cramps before an uninspiring 26:27 finish.
This year I felt strong and fast, but only managed a 23:26, which is sadly way short of my 23:04 PR. I hit the 3-mile mark around 22:30 or so, but the last little bit seemed to go in slow motion. I suspect the course was slightly long.

Trying to beat my current 5K PR is a significant challenge. Last week I ran the Tiger Streak 5K in Ozark in 23:09, just 5 seconds off. Fortunately Saturday is the Frisco Highline Half Marathon. The half marathon will get my mind off of my 5K failures for a while.


Blogger Jim Evans said...


Good news for you.
You scored a pizza in this race. So did Pam and anyone else who showed up. My time was 24:10. That is a PR for the slowest 5K I have ever raced while uninjured.

March 17, 2008 4:47 PM  
Blogger bl said...

ryan - we should do speedwork or hills together sometime.

give me a call.

that should help you push past your prior prs---

i think even in my current state i can get out and do hills.

we'll work something out.

March 17, 2008 9:43 PM  

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