Gate to Gate 4.4 Mile Run/Walk - RunOther

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Eglin AFB, Florida
United States
96th Services Squadron
70sF / 0C
Total Time = 37m 34s
Overall Rank = 347/1193
Age Group = F50-54
Age Group Rank = 1/26
Pre-race routine:

Woke up at 5:00, ate 1/2 bagel with reduced fat peanut butter. Still felt it close to race time. I was a little worried, but quickly forgot about it when the race started.
Event warmup:

Did a short little jog -- no more than .5 mile and no faster than 10 minute pace. Was just trying to see how my shoulder would feel, and the good news was that I didn't feel it at all!
  • 37m 34s
  • 4.4 miles
  • 08m 32s  min/mile

My goal coming in to this race was to do at least 3 seconds better than last year because I missed getting an award by 3 seconds. Looking back it was probably an unrealistic goal to set because I've only been able to run outdoors a couple of times since my surgery 3 weeks ago, and only a few more times on the treadmill. However, this is a race I do nearly every year and I wanted to continue to do better. Turns out I beat my goal by 54 seconds! Also, there were two women in my age group who beat me, but one got Masters and the other got Grandmasters, so that left me in first place. :)
What would you do differently?:

Let's see -- not have surgery 3 weeks ago? Do a little more running?
Post race
Warm down:

Stood at the finishing line, cheering my friends on!

What limited your ability to perform faster:

After the second mile, I could feel my lack of fitness setting in. My legs felt fine but my lungs didn't. I told myself to "Suck it up, buttercup" and kept pushing. But if I could have kept that pace...

Event comments:

I love doing this race. It's Memorial Day, and everyone is in the spirit. We all carry carnations and drop them at the memorial site. Bagpipes play as you run by, and it's very moving. But it's hot, we run on a big open asphalt road, and the rest of the race is pretty miserable. Then they can't seem to get the awards organized -- it took until 11:00 to get the awards process started and the race began at 7:30. Seems like they need to do something better. As they were doing the walker awards, the volunteers were taking down the bunting and other decorations -- how does that make the winning walkers feel???

Last updated: 2008-04-30 12:00 AM
00:37:34 | 04.4 miles | 08m 32s  min/mile
Age Group: 1/26
Overall: 347/1193
Performance: Good
1 8:34 161; 2 8:07 173; 3 8:18 186 (I think it was lying -- no way I was 186!); 4 8:36 179; 0.4 3:59
Course: Circled around the base -- ran past the flight line then over by the commissary. Not scenic, very hot and humid.
Keeping cool Average Drinking
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 5
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? No
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 4