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LaSalle Bank Shamrock Shuffle - 8K - Run8k

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Chicago, Illinois
United States
Bank of America
37F / 3C
Total Time = 36m 35s
Overall Rank = 1683/22558
Age Group = 30-34
Age Group Rank = 48/2441
Pre-race routine:

Ate lots of junk food at Glo's birthday last night, ate cheerios with blueberries, and soy milk for breakfast this morning, hung out with Laura (StartingToTri) for a few minutes, and then we headed out to the train, met up with Jen (jschmitchicago), Jonathon (jowisc), Laura (Whizzzz), and Cindy (CindyK) at gear check.
Event warmup:

Not much. With about 20 minutes to spare I headed to my corral and found out they were closing the corral entrances 15 minutes before the race start. Instead of the 10 minute warmup I wanted to do, I did a quick two minute sprint and headed over to the corral where I crowded in with the others.
  • 36m 35s
  • 4.97 miles
  • 07m 22s  min/mile

Given the junk food at Glo's last night and not having done quite as much speedwork in the past month, I wasn't sure if I could pull off anything faster than maybe mid-7:30s, which I would have been okay with. Generally my body knows what to do in a race though so I just decided to go with that plan of action. When I would glance at my watch at the mile splits I did worry the first couple miles that I may have paced too aggressively, but I hung on. Just barely though. I couldn't have gone any further without things seriously getting ugly.

My general theory in a running race is that you stay aggressive in the first half, but you don't take any risks you know you may not be able to recover from if they don't work. This is more important in longer races, but I've found it to serve me well in shorter races as well. So the first half I stuck to my pace and ignored the other runners around me. Shortly into mile 3 I started assessing the actual race situation a bit more. I continued to focus on my pace and stride, but I also started picking out the people around me who seemed to be my pace or a bit faster and focused on either trying to pass them or not losing them. My lungs and legs just hurt, but I figure in a race that short that's probably how you should feel and I really wanted the PR so I kept pushing. I did slow down just a bit that last .97 miles, but I held on decently strong.

Mile splits:
What would you do differently?:

Not much, except maybe not eat so much junk food the night before and maybe get a bit more sleep race weekend.
Post race
Warm down:

Walked through the looooonnnggg finishing area and collected snacks for both Whizzzzz and I. The gear check was perhaps not the best setup for this race as all Corral A was in the same gear check. Since we were all pretty much the same pace and all pretty much finished together, we all got in the gear check line at the same time. People from other corrals finished, got their gear check stuff, found all their friends, went home and had lunch, did some grocery shopping, and read a book, and we were all still standing in line freezing our butts off. StartingToTri got through in such fashion and then found me shivering with my arms full of snacks while I waited in line so she graciously took them from me while I finished my wait. Then off to lunch with the other BTers.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Not much. It was a pretty good race.

Event comments:

The race was fun because I got to see a lot of BTers. If you aren't in a seeded corral however, it's a race to do for fun, but not one to do for a PR. The crowds are huge. It's a great course through the downtown area though and one of those big Chicago races that it seems like you just have to do every once in awhile.

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Last updated: 2008-01-27 12:00 AM
00:36:35 | 04.97 miles | 07m 22s  min/mile
Age Group: 48/2441
Overall: 1683/22558
Performance: Good
Avg 182, Max 188
Course: All around downtown Chicago.
Keeping cool Average Drinking
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
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? Yes
Post race activities:
Race evaluation [1-5] 3

2008-03-30 5:46 PM

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Wellington, North Island
Subject: LaSalle Bank Shamrock Shuffle - 8K
Picture 1 above is just after the race of Laura (Whizzzz), Trixie (trixie), and me.

Picture 2 is of the whole brunch crew: Robin (triOK), Chris (Coredump) in the back, Trixie (trixie) in front, Laura (Whizzzz), Cindy (CindyK), me, Laura (StartingToTri)

Picture 3 is of the local girls that raced: Laura (Whizzzz), Cindy (CindyK), Laura (STT), me.

Edited by MissKelly 2008-03-30 5:55 PM

2008-03-30 6:17 PM
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Silver member
Subject: RE: LaSalle Bank Shamrock Shuffle - 8K

Yay 4 you!



2008-03-30 7:38 PM
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, North Carolina
Subject: RE: LaSalle Bank Shamrock Shuffle - 8K

Crazy fast!  And look at your rankings.  How am I ever going to beat you at Alcatraz if you keep running like this?


2008-03-31 9:28 AM
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Oak Park, Il
Subject: RE: LaSalle Bank Shamrock Shuffle - 8K
good seeing you yesterday! really nice run. very nice pr.
2008-03-31 3:55 PM
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Subject: RE: LaSalle Bank Shamrock Shuffle - 8K
Great race and you are!
2008-03-31 4:10 PM
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Canandaigua NY
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Nice job!  Nice solid performance!

2008-03-31 6:08 PM
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Westchester, IL
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okay, enough goofing off lets go cycling. nice PR
2008-04-01 7:10 AM
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Southwest Chicago 'burbs
Subject: RE: LaSalle Bank Shamrock Shuffle - 8K

Free range chicken!

You know, that's the only reason I did this race. 

And speaking of the race.... great one for you!  I knew you could do it.  You should listen to me more often (isn't this the second time this season that I've been right about your finish times??!)

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