27th Annual Decker Challenge 20K - Run20k

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Austin, Texas
United States
Austin Runners Club
Total Time = 1h 38m 2s
Overall Rank = 268/1106
Age Group = M35-39
Age Group Rank = 33/110
Pre-race routine:

Intended on stopping for a bagel sandwich, but it wasn't open yet. Had to settle for Pop Tarts from the convenience store. Got to the race about 40 minutes early.
Event warmup:

Did an easy mile followed by stretching. This was probably the best warm-up I've done so far in the series. It's something I need to do a better job of.
  • 1h 38m 2s
  • 12.43 miles
  • 07m 53s  min/mile

Race #4 in the Austin Distance Challenge. The blurb on the Challenge web site said this race had hills, but wasn't as challenging as the 10 miler or 1/2 marathon. I say bull. I think this race is tougher than both of those. The 1/2 marathon had the big hill up Rain Creek Parkway and a few minor ones after that but the first 3 miles were flat, as were the 4. The 10 miler had about 4 miles of hills. This course, on the other hand, was rolling hills for pretty much the enitre length. In most cases, they weren't short, steep, ones, either. They were long and grinding. My mile paces were all over the place. I'd go from 7:30 one mile to 8:05 the next. Not only did we have the hills to contend with, but the wind was pretty brutal and dead in our faces for the first 2 1/2 miles. I found a couple of guys that were going pretty much exactly my pace that were running side by side and I tucked in behind them. I think that helped a lot. I did that anywhere I could on the course.

Overall, it was a good race because of that challenge. Also, this race had the best schwag yet: a long sleeve running shirt instead of just a cotton t-shirt. Despite the inherent dorkiness of wearing the race shirt FOR the race, I pulled that sucker on. It was cold and I had a choice of wearing just my sleeveless shirt or my hooded sweatshirt. I'd be too warm with one and too cold with the other.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing. I think my pace was dead on. I positive split by less than a minute. I actually may have been able to go a bit faster.
Post race
Warm down:

Went inside and had a donut, two bottles of water, and some Gatorade. Stretched for about 10 minutes (something else I have to do a better job of).

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Lack of horsepower in the engine.

Event comments:

Well organized race, as has been typical of the ADC series so far. Having the indoor expo was nice considering how cold it was yesterday morning. The clothing drop was nice, too, although I didn't need it. I would have liked to have had that at the 1/2 marathon.

Last updated: 2005-12-05 12:00 AM
01:38:02 | 12.43 miles | 07m 53s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/110
Overall: 0/1106
Performance: Good
AVG HR 178. That indicates my LT has gone up. Earlier, I had pegged it at about 177. If I dropped the first mile, where my HR was 168, my average for the race would be around 180.
Course: Hilly loop around Decker Lake.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 4