Celtic Solstice 5 Mile Run - Run5 Mile

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Baltimore, Maryland
United States
Baltimore Running
40F / 4C
Total Time = 45m 54s
Overall Rank = 1224/2760
Age Group = 50-54F
Age Group Rank = 31/135
Pre-race routine:

breakfast of cereal, coffee, baguette with Nutella; protein shake 1 hour before race, gel 15 minutes before race.
Event warmup:

stretching for my hips, jumping, running in place with high knees
  • 45m 54s
  • 5.07 miles
  • 09m 03s  min/mile

This was my second Celtic Solstice. Last year's goal was to come in under a 10 minute/mile pace and I finished with a 9:26 pace. This year's goal was to beat last year's time, and to finish uninjured, with the latter being more important to me than the former. My race plan was pretty conservative.

Started out slower than planned, due to the crowds and the uphill start, but more than made up for it latter.

Finished more than 2 minutes faster than last year, and feeling good (no problems from my hips). If I had been trying, I'm sure I could have come in under 45 minutes, my stretch goal.

This is a fun way to close out the year.
What would you do differently?:

I ran smart, something I don't always do. If I wanted to be more reckless, I would have planned to go under 45:00
Post race
Warm down:

walking, stretching, eating

What limited your ability to perform faster:

acting responsibly

Event comments:

only one drink station at 2.5 miles, but I carry my own

Last updated: 2011-09-09 12:00 AM
00:45:54 | 05.07 miles | 09m 03s  min/mile
Age Group: 31/135
Overall: 1224/2760
Performance: Good
0-0.5: 10:22 0.5-1.5: 9:32 1.5-2.5: 9:03 2.5-3.5: 8:51 3.5-4.5: 8:54 4.5-5: sprint 7:41
Course: Druid Hill Park, through the roads and around the 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? No
Post race activities: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 4