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 = 46m 37s
Overall Rank = 1713/3450
Age Group = F 25-29
Age Group Rank = 210/535
Pre-race routine:

Karen, Mike and I were in the car by 7am and in DC by 7:45ish. Found a money parking spot a block away from the race start. We froze as we picked up our packets and then sat in the car to stay warm.

Event warmup:

Enjoyed the warm car before heading to the port-o-potties 20 minutes before the start.
Ate a GU 10 minutes before the start and tried to stay warm in the sun.
It was windy and cold!
  • 46m 37s
  • 4.97 miles
  • 09m 23s  min/mile

Ran with Karen the entire time (which was awesome)! We tried to keep our form good and remember the things we learned the day before at the Evolution Running clinic. Felt good for the entire run (despite very cold headwinds). Was very fun to run with Karen, especially since we wore our matching fleece cat hats (will load photos once they're developed). Sprint at the finish to end strong.
Rank in females only was 625/1796

What would you do differently?:

Nothing. Wasn't sure if I would be warm enough before we got out of the car. I am always hot on runs and didn't want to overdress. Ended up being perfect (1 SS shirt and 2 LS shirts).
Carried water bottle which was great to have my own water (since there was only 1 water stop).
Post race
Warm down:

Stretched a little and waited right at the finish line to cheer on Mike.
We grabbed water and a chocolate chip cookie and then hit the road.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Nothing. A great race!

Event comments:

This race was close and fun with a great course. There were several bagpipers on the course too which was cool. The out and backs are great in DC because there was a lot to look at and people to watch. Plus it was very fun to run with Karen and Mike!

Last updated: 2007-02-05 12:00 AM
00:46:37 | 04.97 miles | 09m 23s  min/mile
Age Group: 210/535
Overall: 535/3450
Performance: Good
HR strap slipped down so I didn't get an HR data. Mile 2 - 19:14 Mile 4 - 18:31 Last .97 - 8:51
Course: Course was several out-and-backs in DC. Started on Pennsylvania Avenue towards the Capitol building. Ran past some of the Smithsonian museums before heading back to Pennsylvania Avenue for the finish under the balloon arch.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
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: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 5