My first road race in almost two years. I'm off my PB by nearly 5 minutes. But I finished without stopping or hurting myself and look forward to my next race on St. Patty's Day in Providence.
What would you do differently?:
I would have shed my gloves and base layer. After the first half-mile I realized I had worn too much. It's tough though because you have park across town and take the T and a bus to the site, where the lines are outrageous to check a bag.
Hot bowl of clam chowder courtesy of Legal Seafoods, plus a long-walk and streching to minimize the next-day-shock-factor to my legs.
What limited your ability to perform faster:
Myself. I have to push myself harder when I am training. Once I am back down to my normal 200-205 lbs I will be in the sub-26:00 minute range and ready to add a bike and then a swim...one step at a time.
Almost 1,500 people running either the 5k or 10k-the atmosphere was great. They had one drink station that you loop past twice on the 5k and four times on the 10k. Free shuttle from So. Station makes it a little easier to get to an otherwise inconvienent start line. Free chowda, beer and massages (courtesy of Marathon Sports) post-race was cool, although I only indulged in the chowder. The line for beer and chowder actually cut though the home stretch for many 10k runners but the organizers promised to fix it for next year.
Last updated: 2009-02-25 12:00 AM
20F / -7C
Overall Rank = 340/482
Age Group = 30-39
Age Group Rank = 44/54
It's about an hour from home, I had cereal for breakfast (Cheerios) and I had an easy drive in, so I could relax a bit.
Basic stretching and went for a brisk 1/2 mile walk to keep warm.