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40F / 4C
= 2h 10m 58s
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Did the Heritage 5k Trail Run the day before, but didn't push too hard.
Up at 6:30, had a small normal breakfast, 3/4 the normal amt of coffee.
Looked out the window numerous times expecting a Hollywood-esque storm to appear from nowhere based on the doom forecast all week, but all I saw was blue sky. Sweet!
Arrived and parked at 8, Stretched in the parking lot, on the fences, the park benches, used the port-o-lets a couple of times, headed over to the start.
I was looking for Kathleen and Matt in the start crowd, never saw either beforehand...I waded into the crowd between the 9- and 10-minute starters. Crossed the start line at 9:05am
2h 10m 58s
3,000 people on an 8ft bike path is a crowd, especially when folks don't self-seed properly; there was a lot of wading through people for the 1st 5-6 miles, which surprised me.
I also was happily surprised I was able to maintain ~9:45 pace well into the race. If my left calf hadn't gone knotty during mile 8, I'm pretty sure I could have kept it going to the end, it felt like I had a noticeable gimp the last 4.5 miles. Though based on how the quads feel today, I may well have flamed out differently around mile 12.
What would you do differently?:
Before the start I drank 1/4 of the HEED bottle I carried, and left Honey Stinger chews in the car; if I had it to do over again I would start with a full bottle and carry the chews, I was able to feel the HEED hitting the bloodstream in the second half.
Walked around a few minutes drinking water, got in the food line, then saw Wavedog with the PBR recovery fuel in hand. Nice!
What limited your ability to perform faster:
A solid calf cramp for the last 5 miles, and being a little light on fuel over the 2 hours.
Aside from the calf cramp, I'm really happy to be :30/mile better over this distance since October, especially for just the 3rd time completing 13.1
Last updated: 2010-12-24 12:00 AM
02:10:58 | 13.1 miles | 09m min/mile
~1.5 miles of road at the beginning & ~1/4 mile at the end, paved trail in between.
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Physical exertion [1-5]
Lots of volunteers?
Plenty of drinks?
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