St. Patricks Day 8K - Run8k

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Washington, DC, Washington, D.C.
United States
58F / 14C
Total Time = 55m 10s
Overall Rank = 4271/4738
Age Group = 30-34
Age Group Rank = 447/524
Pre-race routine:

I still don't have much in the way of an actual routine. Got everything set out the night before, up at 6, coffee & parmesean cheese toast for breakfast. Opened the back door for the dog - eep! - it's not warm out there just yet... Out the door to pick up Bryan (aka the leg man) and off to the metro, where we started putting on more clothes on the platform, and I'm wishing the race was starting a little later so it could be a tiny bit warmer.
Event warmup:

Stretching and general bouncing around to loosen things up. I still can't get into running before I run. :) Much last minute debating over long sleeves vs short before turning my bag in - went for short, turned out to be a good idea soon into the race.
  • 55m 10s
  • 4.97 miles
  • 11m 06s  min/mile

Ditched the HRM for this run - I just wanted to get out and run and enjoy the day, and frankly, that sucker seems to mess with my breathing. Meandered up to the start (hazard of so many people running), gave B a smooch and sent him on his way (he ended up finishing in 43:28)and managed to settle into a nice comfortable pace straightaway. Best first mile EVER - 10:1010:15, and just smooth the entire way, which is really unusual for me - first miles I usually am a big mess.

Ditched the t-shirt about halfway through mile 2, walked about 15 seconds on a couple occasions (stitch in my side - HATE THAT), but still feeling good and smooth in my pace. They put the water station just before the mile 3 mark - I was starting to wonder if I'd suddenly gotten VERY slow because we're going along and I am sure I've done 2.5 miles and water. I'm starting to look for water fountains outside buildings. Finally get there, walked the water station, discover we're to mile 3 - woohoo! - finish about 3/4 of the water and dumped the rest on my head. That felt really, REALLY good.

Somewhere near mile 4 there was a little girl on the side of the course, and she wanted to high five the runners, so I obliged - too cute, she was just thrilled, and I was totally tickled by it. Mile 4 - feeling good, not even a mile left, on track for roughly 11m miles, life is good. Keep on keeping on - pace is still smooth, breathing is good, the yak factor is 0. There is one last turnoff on the course, get through that, and just two blocks left.

Coming into the end, there are folks on both sides of the course, and they're way too quiet... So, I take a page from the welshy marathon book, and I decide to do something about this. "Hey, let's hear a little NOISE for all these fine folks!!!" (Even after 5 miles, I still have quite a mouth on me.) They complied, and I managed one sweet sprint into the finish.
What would you do differently?:

Not a thing, totally enjoyed the day.
Post race
Warm down:

Lucked out on the water, didn't even have to get in line for it, there was an open case just inside the chute. Found B, lots of stretching and a clif bar (choc & peanut butter, not too bad!), then just lazing about in Freedom Plaza for a while.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

The fact that I am not naturally speedy? Actually, I'm perfectly happy with the results.

Event comments:

The predicted crush at bag check never materialized, so no problems there. Overall, well organized, I liked the course, there were PLENTY of course marshalls and the turnarounds were very well marked. (I'll admit I had visions of missing a turnaround and ending up in Anacostia...) I'm conflicted on the location of the water station...they put it in the best place they could on the course, and it was definitely nice to realize we're right at mile 3, but I was really ready for it...

Last updated: 2005-12-05 12:00 AM
00:55:10 | 04.97 miles | 11m 06s  min/mile
Age Group: 447/524
Overall: 4271/4738
Performance: Good
1-10 15/60------ 2-11 25/60------ 3-11 26/60------ 4-11 24/60------ 5-10 40/60------ (Surprised but pleased with my very stable pace for 2/3/4)
Course: Oh so beautifully FLAT. There was supposedly an incline & downhill along there somewhere, but I couldn't tell you where it was. Downtown DC is fun to run in when the streets are closed! Several turnarounds that faster folks found to be bottlenecks, but I didn't have any problems.
Keeping cool Average Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 5
Physical exertion [1-5] 5
Good race? Yes
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] 5