Celtic Solstice 5 Miler - Run5 Mile

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Baltimore, Maryland
United States
Falls Road Running
30F / -1C
Total Time = 1h 11m 42s
Overall Rank = 1894/1902
Age Group =
Age Group Rank = 0/
Pre-race routine:

Had my usual OJ and tea, plus my usual pre-race breakfast of a bagel (w/cream cheese instead of peanut butter, since I wasn't swimming) and banana. Got the usual crummy night's sleep the night before.
Event warmup:

None, other than a short walk from the shuttle bus to the race start.
  • 1h 11m 42s
  • 5 miles
  • 14m 20s  min/mile

Not only was this my first race since my hysterectomy on August 30th, this was the first time I've run at all since my Olympic Tri in July. I've been walking swimming, doing spin class and lifting weights since mid-October, but aside from literally a couple minutes of jogging on a treadmill, no running at all. I ran with a friend who promised to stay with me the whole race, and he did. The frigid temps didn't bother me. I just wanted to finish, and I did. I took lots of walk breaks, but kept at it, and sprinted to the finish.
What would you do differently?:

Post race
Warm down:

Sadly, none. We had a pretty long walk back to the car and once I got home, I was so sore and tired, I just took a shower and went to bed for the afternoon.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

I was completely untrained for this event. Also, knees. They are and will always be a limiter for me on the run.

Event comments:

In my opinion, this is a great race. It's reasonably priced, and you can pay a dirt cheap price of only $10 if you don't want the premium. There's no packet, per se, so no plastic bag and lots of junk in it you don't need/won't read. I like that. I did this race mainly to get excited about racing again and get psyched for the 2008 race season, and I think I achieved that goal. I would recommend it.

Last updated: 2007-12-14 12:00 AM
01:11:42 | 05 miles | 14m 20s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/1902
Performance: Below average
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
Good race? Ok
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 3