|2016 Shuffle Finish|
Since the 2016 results have 1 mile and 5k splits, I was able to come up with the following analysis:
|Shamrock Shuffle 2016:|
|Number of runners I passed after 1 mile mark:|
|Number of runners I passed after 5k mark:|
|Number of runners I passed total:|
|Number of runners who passed me after mile 1:|
|My place at the 1 mile mark:|
|My place at the 5k mark:|
|My place at the finish line (8k):||252th|
So, over the last four miles I passed 128 runners and moved up in the standings accordingly. Here is another interesting tidbit:
Of the people that I passed after mile 1, the average runner ran the first mile 10 seconds FASTER than me (5:55 vs. 6:05), yet that average runner finished the race almost a whole minute (50 seconds) SLOWER than me!
Now, I guess you could say I should have run more even splits which seems to be the consensus best race strategy. However, if not the best strategy, at least negative is better than positive. If those average runners had kept at that 5:55/mile first mile until the finish line, they should have been 40 seconds faster than me (10 seconds x 4 miles) overall. Instead they ended up 55 seconds slower. That's a swing of 95 seconds over four miles.
Why do so many runners go positive a the Shamrock? I think it's because it's the first race of the season for most people, and they tend to overspeed in the beginning thinking that they have the same fitness that they did at the end of the last season. Also, there are actually a few people who think it's a 5k rather than a 5 miler and then at mile 3.1 (after burning up all of their energy) realize too late they have another 2 miles to go and so they have to crawl for the remainder!
In any case, my recommendation for all of 2017 Shufflers:
Run the first mile relatively slowly - then open things up and start passing...
|Here I am at mile 2 of the 2016 Shamrock Shuffle (red hat and gray shirt)|