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Crystal Lake, Illinois
57F / 14C
= 1h 55m 41s
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Four days in Vegas doing nothing but drinking, not sleeping and not really abiding by good nutritional theory, either. :
) Met up with CindyK, MarkK, Hangloose, and Schmize before the race, spent some time chit-chatting. Had a Clif Bar about 2 hours before, and a Clif Shot about 30 minutes before.
None. I was doing this as a training run, so I figured the first couple miles would be my warm-up.
1h 55m 41s
08m 50s min/mile
Went out taking this as a training run. It rained steadily all run, but wasn't bad until about mile 11 or so when I started to feel just WET. Kept an easy pace, never let my RPE get out of hand at all. Around mile 4 was feeling REALLY bad
(the Clif shot before the race didn't settle well with the hangover I had going
) and I got sick. That didn't seem to hurt my time too much though, if you can believe it - felt much better afterwards. At about 7-8 miles, I realized that I had a shot at a PR, so I decided to try just a little. At 10 miles, I had to turn in just a decent 5k time to PR, so I decided to try a little more, even. Then, went all out after mile 11. According to the Garmin, my average pace for 3 mile splits got faster by .2 mph every 3 miles. Not too shabby!
What would you do differently?:
Without meaning to, I managed this race pretty well. Because I was expecting something over 2 hours, I just ran at a nice, relaxed pace, not worrying at all about times. I don't know that I'd do anything differently.
Waited for everyone to cross the finish line, changed into some dry clothes, took a picture
(which I need to figure out how to upload
) and then went our separate ways since it was too cold and miserable outside to be standing around.
What limited your ability to perform faster:
Maybe the rain, but I don't think so. This race was much better than I expected it to be.
Nice local race. The mile markers didn't start until 4 miles, and then were a little short, I think. The last .1 of a mile was really more like .3. It all came out to 13.1 miles, but it was a little misleading earlier in the race when my pace looked to be beyond what I thought I was doing.
In the end, this was a great race for me. I didn't want to do it, but caved to peer pressure and showed up. And so, thanks to those BT'ers I got myself a new PR by about 2 minutes. Whodda thunk it. :
) Oh, and apparently 4 days of drinking and no sleep makes for a good training program. :
Last updated: 2006-09-10 12:00 AM
01:55:41 | 13.1 miles | 08m 50s min/mile
From my Garmin that seems to be set on 3 mile laps... Miles 1-3 9:20 m/m Miles 4-6 9:06 m/m Miles 7-9 8:51 m/m Miles 10-12 8:37 m/m Mile 13 8:16 m/m Holy Negative Splits, Batman!!!
Rolling hills, out and back course.
Mental exertion [1-5]
Physical exertion [1-5]
Lots of volunteers?
Plenty of drinks?
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