St. Patrick's Day 8K - Run8k

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Washington, D.C., Washington, D.C.
United States
Washington Running Club
32F / 0C
Total Time = 1h 12m 48s
Overall Rank = 1775/1796
Age Group = 25-29
Age Group Rank = 527/535
Pre-race routine:

Woke up, had a light breakfast of oatmeal and a banana, and some water on the way to the Metro. We wore lots of layers as it was very cold and windy. Felt good to go to a race for the new season.....
Event warmup:

Walked around, tried to stay warm and stay in the sun as much as possible. Stretched and lined up as best we could under the time marker signs.
  • 1h 12m 48s
  • 4.97 miles
  • 14m 39s  min/mile

This was my first real race of the season and my training has been lacking to nonexistent. I was sick last week and did next to nothing so I did not feel prepared for the race. That being said, it was good to get back on the wagon and complete the race even without as much training as I would have liked....I feel like it may motivate me more to working on my running which is the hardest discipline for me.

Also, it is the longest running race I have ever it felt good to be able to easily complete it...albeit pretty slowly!
What would you do differently?:

Train and steadily prepare leading up to the race.
Post race
Warm down:

Walked around and then realized we would get cold quickly standing in the wind....went home, took a hot shower and relaxed with a warm cup of coffee.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Lack of preparation and training.

Event comments:

The race was well organized and a nice course. I will definitely want to do this race next year to improve my time. I think that another water station is needed. Since it was so cold, I didn't need as much water as I usually do......but on warmer days it is probably necessary.

Last updated: 2007-01-03 12:00 AM
01:12:48 | 04.97 miles | 14m 39s  min/mile
Age Group: 527/535
Overall: 1775/1796
Performance: Average
Course: Flat looping course in downtown D.C., down Pennsylvania Avenue and around the mall. It was nice to run in the city and have all the monuments and government building around.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
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? Yes
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 5