St. Patrick's Day 8K - Run8k

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Washington, D.C., Washington, D.C.
United States
Washington Running Club
45F / 7C
Total Time = 43m 37s
Overall Rank = /
Age Group = 25-29
Age Group Rank = 0/
Pre-race routine:

Got up at 6:15, ate a Clif bar. Stretched a bit at home. Took the metro down to DC.
Event warmup:

Walked around, ran a bit to warm up, stretched, etc. Hit the port-a-potty twice. Saw a guy from church I knew.
  • 43m 37s
  • 4.97 miles
  • 08m 47s  min/mile

Felt good throughout - definitely pushed a bit at the beginning and though I might have trouble later, so I just made sure I backed off a teeny bit here and there. Otherwise, kept a steady pace, kept my leg turnover high. Kinda felt like I might hurl towards the end, but didn't :)
What would you do differently?:

Not much really, considering I'd never run that distance or course before. Had a good run, very pleased with where I am, esp. with the newly-attained right leg stability and strength. Running on two even legs is way better ;)
Post race
Warm down:

Got 2 cookies and some water. Talked to dude from church a bit. Hopped on the metro home.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Nothing, really - I think I did pretty well!

Event comments:

Fun early-season race. About 5,000 people and a teeny bit crowded in spots, but I didn't have much trouble passing people. Not as bad as Cherry Blossom or anything. The crowd thinned out fairly well.

Last updated: 2009-01-07 12:00 AM
00:43:37 | 04.97 miles | 08m 47s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Performance: Good
Course: Pretty flat - it's DC. By the Capitol Building, near Union Station, start and finish up and down Pennsylvania Avenue.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 5
Good race? Yes
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] 4