Celtic Solstice 5-miler - Run

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baltimore, Maryland
United States
Falls Road Running
45F / 7C
Total Time = 45m 23s
Overall Rank = 805/1800
Age Group =
Age Group Rank = 0/
Pre-race routine:

Good breakfast of EggBeaters and Eggo Blueberry Waffles.

Got picked up at 6:15 and got to the race by 6:45 which afforded us a great parking spot.

Picked up the race packet and went back to sit in the car for an hour or so. Watched Spongebob Squarepants Christmas Special with other friends who had joined us in the car.

Took a Gu about 15 minutes before the start.

Event warmup:

5 minute jog and a large amount of stretching, especially the ITB
  • 45m 23s
  • 5 miles
  • 09m 05s  min/mile

This was my first race since Marine Corps Marathon and I was very aware of how the knee was feeling throughout the race.

The race started and was an immediate uphill in the crowd. It took the usual mile or so until the crowd thinned enough for me to fall into my appropriate pace.

The knee felt good through the climbing and through some of the descending during the first 2 miles. After the 1/2 mark, it started to get more and more sore. At that point though, I knew I wasn't going to stop, and that I was just going to run through it.

I did realize a couple of things though:
1. The knee throws up a shooting pain whenever I overstride. There were a couple of instances where I extended my foot futher than usual, and quickly felt the twinge shoot up my leg. As long as I kept the stride compact, the knee was only sore.
2. When I get tired, my form goes to crap and I tend to overstride. The only time I threw my leg too far was when I was tired and going downhill.

All in all, the race was really good and I was kind of surprised at how fast my pace ended up being. I was figuring I'd be closer to 10min/mile and would have broken 9min/mile if the crowd at the beginning wasn't so slow.

What would you do differently?:

Post race
Warm down:

Stretch, stretch, and more stretch. Then hop in line for some food.

Event comments:

Hung around after the race finished to see my time.

Ran into Chippy and the Icicle formerly known as Stake. :)

Last updated: 2006-12-16 12:00 AM
00:45:23 | 05 miles | 09m 05s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 805/1800
Performance: Good
Course: Rolling hills through the Druid Hill Park and around Druid Hill Lake
Keeping cool Average Drinking
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5]
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: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 4