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Run Thru the Hills - Run10k

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Lake in the Hills, Illinois
United States
Village of Lake in the Hills
35F / 2C
Total Time = 51m 36s
Overall Rank = 56/182
Age Group = 30-34
Age Group Rank = 3/??
Pre-race routine:

Stayed at Laura's (Whizzzzz's) palace so I would be close to the race in the morning. Got up early, ate some cereal and headed out to the race site *early* because I needed to run the entire course once before the actual race itself (explained below).
Event warmup:

Today was my last long run before my taper for the Nashville half so I folded the race into my run. I did 6 miles of the 6.2 mile course in zone 2 first, finished with a few minutes to spare, used the restroom, and lined up to start the race itself. I was a bit of a mess though as I didn't allow myself enough time and was in a rush to get started on this. Left my water somewhere (who knows where) and ended up doing the warmup miles without water and thus, without a gel).
  • 51m 36s
  • 6.21 miles
  • 08m 19s  min/mile

I've never folded a race into a longer run before so I was already a little in unchartered territory. Add to it such tough hills and that I hadn't taken in any nutrition during the 54 minute "warmup lap" and I wasn't sure how this would go. I felt pretty good though and my legs felt surprisingly fresh. I think cutting it so close on finishing the first six miles worked to my favor as my body didn't have time to calm down and I was still in running mode. I was not technically "racing" this race and the plan was to stay in zone 2 the first three miles and then gradually build to half mary race pace the last three. This was tough to do in race situation because I just wanted to cut loose and go. I did let my HR creep up into zone 3 on a couple of the hills because I would have had to slow down so much to keep it lower.

Mile 3 finally came and I was soooo happy. I could finally start running the way I wanted. I did slow up a little in mile 4 as I passed a woman asking her friend for a gu and her friend didn't have one. I did take a gel and some fluids at the first aid station, but felt pretty good. Thanks to my failure to take in any nutrition earlier, I had a couple extra gus and knew I wouldn't need both of them. So I slowed up to give her one of my spares. Then I took off and pushed as hard as I could given how tough the course was. I knew the last 1.2 miles was much more flat than the rest of the course (although it still had some nice low grade inclines so as not to let us off the hook completely) and I pushed hard. It's only 1.2 miles after all so you might as well go for it. I actually came in much faster than expected on it.

Mile 1 = 8:38, avg HR 162, max 170
Mile 2 = 8:52, avg 168, max 178
Mile 3 = 8:44, avg 169, max 178
Mile 4 = 8:17, avg 177, max 185
Mile 5 = 8:12, avg 175, max 185
Mile 6.2 = 8:51, avg 182, max 190 (pace = 7:22)

Overall number of finishers is based on what was posted after the race until the official results come out. Not sure how many women were in my AG.
What would you do differently?:

Not sure there's much I could have done different since this wasn't a standalone race being run for time for me. Given I placed third in my AG, I would like to see what I can do if I did run it standalone and hammered it the whole time. It would hurt, but that's part of what would make it fun. :)
Post race
Warm down:

Jogged another mile and a quarter and then came back around to find Scott (Schmize) and family, Laura (Whizzzz), and Chris (Coredump), and then we headed over to the pancake breakfast where Scott and Chris both got second in their AG. And I somehow managed to pull off a third place AG even though I hadn't planned on this being a race!

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Running the first three miles in zones 2/3.

Event comments:

Tough course with lots of short, steep, seemingly non-stop hills. Fairly small as well so not crowded, but also not tons of crowd support. I would definitely do it again and would even think of running it for training runs to get the hills in. It will definitely challenge you.

Last updated: 2008-04-08 12:00 AM
00:51:36 | 06.21 miles | 08m 19s  min/mile
Age Group: 3/??
Overall: 56/182
Performance: Good
Course: Starts in the parking lot for the theater at Randall Road and Acorn Ct in Algonquin and then wound through a very tough hilly course in Lake in the Hills (hence the name Run Thru the Hills). The hills were not long, but they were quite steep, fairly painful, and essentially never ending. Tough course, but fun, fun, fun.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Not enough
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
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

2008-04-13 1:59 PM

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Wellington, North Island
Subject: Run Thru the Hills
It's a drive, but it's always nice to meet up with other people for training and racing. Got to have another fun day of that up North with Scott (Schmize) and family, Laura (Whizzzzz), and Chris (Coredump).

Edited by MissKelly 2008-04-13 2:01 PM

2008-04-13 3:07 PM
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Nice job girl!!
2008-04-13 3:17 PM
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Southwest Chicago 'burbs
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Your "training" 10k race pace was faster than my 8k race!  Really, Whizzzzz is right -- you should rename yourself "FastKelly".

Nice job out there!  Can't wait to see what kind of magic you have in store for Nashville!

2008-04-13 9:37 PM
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Totally rocked it on a tough course.  Again.  And we love it!

2008-04-14 9:36 AM
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Sometimes I accidentally place in my age group too....

Ha! Just kidding.


Nice job, FastKelly.

2008-04-14 8:44 PM
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NW Suburbs, Illinois
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Yep, that was a great race, for sure.  To do all that mileage and then to put up that time is pretty sweet.  I bet you learned a few things, too.  Letting all the people go at the beginning, only to pass them all back towards the end, and still have enough to throw down a 7:22 last 1.2 miles.  Awesome!

You will kill that 1/2 mary!

2008-04-14 10:14 PM
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Impressive race!
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