Celtic Solstice 5-miler - Run5 Mile

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Baltimore, Maryland
United States
Total Time = 8h 30m
Overall Rank = 2018/2297
Age Group = F, 30-35
Age Group Rank = 210/256
Pre-race routine:

LATE - as usual, but this time it was due to parking. Got routed around the lake TWICE by the parking directors.
Event warmup:

RUN to pick up my bib number 7 chip. Probably a mile from where I parked. Parking Directors didn't think I'd make it, told me it was a mile and to try to flag down a bus en route. I ended up running it as the buses wouldn't stop.
  • 57m 1s
  • 5 miles
  • 11m 24s  min/mile

Wore a fleece for getting to the start and wanted to have it on me for after the race. But had no time to bag check, so I ended up running w/ it on. Was hot right away and still didn't take it off til the first mile. Tied it around my waist.
What would you do differently?:

BE ON TIME, not have to run a mile before the race even starts.
Post race
Warm down:

Crowded. If you like a fun festive race atmosphere this was great. I get a little clausterphobic in crowds and just really wanted out of there.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

my 2x/week "5 mile" route is really just short of that, and completely flat. I need to either run longer for those medium runs, or find a hillier route. It's the same route I run longer on 1x per week on weekends, and 3x per week for shorter runs. So I really never get any hills in. I do LIKE the flat terrain, and the complete lack of traffic or intersections since it's a park trail and not really out on the road. But I probably need to graduate for at least some runs per week.

Event comments:

good - for running. I HATE running!

Last updated: 2010-10-31 12:00 AM
00:57:01 | 05 miles | 11m 24s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/256
Overall: 0/2297
Performance: Good
HIGH heart rate for a slow run time, not sure what's up w that: Max185, Avg 175
Course: Not completely flat, but no real hills either. I just mostly run on the flattest trail EVER so everything that's even SLIGHTLY inclined feels like a hill.
Keeping cool Below average Drinking Not enough
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
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: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 4