It was originally going to be part of the main Sugar Bowl post, but she gave us so much quality info that we had to do this as a stand-alone post. We caught up to Lindsay the day after her second place finish at the Sugar Bowl and conducted a quick Q&A via Facebook.
Lindsay in action at the Bedford 12k (courtesy of Krissy Kozlosky)
1.) Scoping out the competition before the race, did you have a win on your mind?
I’m pretty bad about keeping up with racing stats, so I’m not usually familiar with the top female competitors. When we moved up to the front of the starting line I suggested that a few other girls be pulled up as well. I saw some other club jerseys near me and I just figured those would be the main pack. I had hoped to pull out a win last night, but Ive been struggling in my last few races with IT Band and quad pulls.
I’m a little fatigued these last few weeks from all of my shorter races since the Boston Marathon in April. I haven’t really taken a day off until just 2 weeks ago when I switched to a full week of cross-training. Right after Boston I was racing 1 or 2 races each week. At first I maintained fitness and was happy to log some fast, shorter distance times. But my speed has suffered recently due to a little burn-out, plus I’m now beginning mileage as I start up for Fall Marathon season.
2.) It was pretty close between you and Allison. At what point did she pull away?
I love the front, and have always been a rabbit at shorter races and track workouts. And I could usually hang on in a 5K with a speedy sub 5:30 first mile, but not last night. As a rabbit I end up doing all the work and often pull the pack most of the way, only to get passed with just a short ways to go. This happened just before the 4 mile mark last week when I dropped from 1st to 3rd. Last night I was leading until about 2.4 miles in when my quads seized up. I decided to ease off, let her come around and do some of the pulling. But once I let her come by me, I lost the ability to change gears and pick it up again.
3.) Is that about the time you expected to run?
I was hoping for at least a 17:45, really a 17:35 would have been ideal on such a flat course. I was running consistent 17:40-ish 5Ks earlier this Spring - but I was just off last night.
4.) Have you run this race before? If so, what do you think of the switch from 5mi to 5k?
I have run the Sugar Bowl I think twice before. I won the 5 mile version 2 years ago, and missed the 2011 race because I was competing at the Marathon Sports 5 Miler in Weston on the same night. This year the 2 races were a week apart again, so I could do both.
I enjoyed the shorter version of this beachside course. The crowd and amenities were great. I went right out and did a 5 mile tempo after the finish, to get 10 miles in for the day - and I got to cheer in the last finisher. It was very special.
5.) What’s next for you? Will be racing at Carver?
I’m looking forward to Carver next weekend as part of the Grand Prix. I’m also racing in the New England Runner Pub Series and next Thursday’s Charles River Run Series 5K. Hoping to find some freshness in my legs for Carver though.
Doing a tempo after the race? That’s #OnTheLevel. Congrats again to Lindsay, and best of luck to her at Carver!