Celtic Solstice 5 Mile Run - Run5 Mile

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Baltimore, Maryland
United States
Baltimore Running
28F / -2C
Total Time = 42m 31s
Overall Rank = /3000
Age Group = M35-39
Age Group Rank = 92/168
Pre-race routine:

two packets of oatmeal, two cups of tea; Paddy picked up at 6:15 and then we picked up Robert and Nancy House. Pat drove.
Event warmup:

mild stretching.
  • 42m 31s
  • 5 miles
  • 08m 30s  min/mile

The first 1.5 miles were jam packed. There could not have been more than a few dozen people who started behind us. Side stitch at mile 4.5 for about a minute. Ran steady although without benefit of knowing splits.
What would you do differently?:

Start closer to the front; see if I could run 8:00 minute miles for the first three.
Post race
Warm down:

Walking about.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

crowds on path; lack of training that would have allowed for acceleration in the last 1.5 miles.

Event comments:

There is a good, fun, vibe to the race. Santa hats, people offering encouragement to friends. Lots and lots of runners from past years judging by the shirts.
Nice sponsor tables/post race snacks etc. Good job with parking in a difficult situation.

Last updated: 2010-12-18 12:00 AM
00:42:31 | 05 miles | 08m 30s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/168
Overall: 0/3000
Performance: Good
Split at turnaround just past water table -- 20:12 Mile 4-5 -- 8:16 Ran 46:19 from the gun but 42:31 on the chip. That is how far back I started...
Course: Through Druid Hill Park; only flat for about 3/4 of mile near lake. Starts off with nearly mile uphill and concludes with 1/4 mile downhill. Mild grades and not steep at all.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
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] 5