Gate To Gate - Run4 Mile

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Eglin AFB, Florida
United States
75F / 24C
Total Time = 39m 54s
Overall Rank = 452/1400
Age Group = F50-54
Age Group Rank = 5/37
Pre-race routine:

Bad night sleeping -- woke up entirely too early. Finally got up at 5, had some coffee and a Clif bar, then tried out my Garmin and the battery was low! Delayed leaving for the race for about 10 minutes, in hopes that I could get enough of a charge to make it through the race (and I did).
Event warmup:

Warm-up jog for about 6 tenths of a mile, at an 8:55 pace. Turns out that pace beat my race pace -- what a lousy day!
  • 39m 54s
  • 4.4 miles
  • 09m 04s  min/mile

From the first step I knew I was in trouble. I usually get into a rhythm, but that never happened. I was constantly wishing that this race would just hurry up and get over. My normal race pace is a consistent pace for every mile or even faster as the miles go on. For this race my pace slowed every mile. Not good...
What would you do differently?:

I haven't been training lately specifically for a running race. My coaching buddy says what you were doing three weeks ago most directly affects your race. Well, three weeks ago I was tapering for an HIM. I guess I shouldn't be surprised.
Post race
Warm down:

Actually, not much warm down was required since at the end of the race I hadn't been expending much effort. Waited on some friends to finish up.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

HIM two weeks ago?

Event comments:

The new timing system worked a little better than last year, but they still had some problems. My friend's time didn't show up on the original results. Where did it go? And it really was a poor man's chip timing system -- no mats at the beginning, so chip time = race time. But they were able to get the awards started about 40 minutes faster than last year, so that's a good thing.

Last updated: 2009-04-11 12:00 AM
00:39:54 | 04.4 miles | 09m 04s  min/mile
Age Group: 5/37
Overall: 452/1400
Performance: Below average
1 8:30 163 2 8:38 170 3 9:00 172 4 9:28 172 0.44 4:17 172
Course: Loop around the base. Most of the run is on open asphalt roads -- hot and steamy.
Keeping cool Below average Drinking
Post race
Weight change: %
Mental exertion [1-5] 2
Physical exertion [1-5] 2
Good race? No
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 4