CVS/pharmacy Strong Legs Run - 10K - Run10k

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Atlanta, Georgia
United States
CVS/pharmacy Strong Legs Run
60F / 16C
Total Time = 1h 11m 45s
Overall Rank = /
Age Group =
Age Group Rank = 0/
Pre-race routine:

Stayed over at my friend Carol's house since it's way closer to downtown. We got up, got dressed and had bagels and coffee. The race started at 8:00 so we left her house about 6:45. Got down to Turner field, parked and went in search of the tables with our race numbers.
Event warmup:

None really, walked around and waited in line for the potty.
  • 1h 11m 45s
  • 6.21 miles
  • 11m 33s  min/mile

I'd heard there were only 2 drink stations and there were. I was really hoping for 1 more but it worked out okay. When I started I thought there was no way I could run 6 miles. Even if I've done at least that distance 3 or 4 times it still seems daunting when starting out and seeing all the fast people sprinting from the start. I pretty much started out at the pace I ran the whole race so it was okay. Saw Felix near the beginning and we ran together for a little while. Then I had to take a walk break so he went on and had a great finishing time. I took a few walk breaks, less than a minute each, and it helped but I was hoping for 11 minute miles the whole way but didn' quite make it (still close, though.) I think the winning time was 34 minutes which is wicked fast!
What would you do differently?:

Bring my own water next time (even if it's only a 10k). I've decided I don't like waiting to get to the water stops when I'm thirsty way before them.
Post race
Warm down:

Talked Felix after the race waiting for Carol to finish. Got some food and our shirts. I think we saw Jeff Galloway? I thought I heard a guy near us introduce himself as JG but I have no idea what he looks like so I'm not sure.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

I'm just naturally slow? I've gotten a little faster but I will probably always be a turtle.

Event comments:

This is a good race and I would definitely do it again. The 10k is the first race and I was glad to be done right before the 5k started. I like starting out from Turner Field since it's pretty cool to run on the streets of downtown.

Last updated: 2006-10-29 12:00 AM
01:11:45 | 06.21 miles | 11m 33s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Performance: Average
Course: 6.2 mile loop of rolling hills though downtown from Turner Field. It was out about 3 miles then a left turn and then the rest of the route was pretty much back to the Ted.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Not enough
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
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? No
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 4