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Denver, Colorado
United States
Cherry Creek Sneak
55F / 13C
Total Time = 29m 22s
Overall Rank = 4/3801
Age Group = 40-44
Age Group Rank = 1/206
Pre-race routine:

This was a last minute decision to race... I would only do this race if I felt confident that I could recover in time for Sunday's marathon. Turns out that this was a good effort and test which hopefully will have me tuned up!

Anyway, I woke up early and made a pot of coffee. I wanted to stop to get a bagel but even though I was patting myself on the back for how relaxed I was and how much time I had to get to the start, I ended up being late for warm-ups with my FastForward Sports athletes... So I didn't have a bagel or any solid food, but I did have some Heed and a bit of Propel before the race.
Event warmup:

Did Some dynamic stretching with my athletes. The reality is I don't usually stretch at all, but since it is part of our program at F4 I did some with the group.

Ran to the start and got there as the Elite field was taking off... the Citizens race started about 5 minutes after the elites.
  • 29m 22s
  • 5.07 miles
  • 05m 47s  min/mile

I had a plan to run hard for the first 2 miles... back off for the second two and then charge on mile 5. It didn't quite go that way but the results were just fine. 5:44, 5:45, 5:49, 5:55, 5:55 and a faster than PR at 5K (about 17:40).

Turns out Sarah Shepard who won the womens and came in just behind me would be my rabbit for this race.

I started out at what I thought was a conservative pace and at one point was in about 8th place... In reality I was flying and reached mile 2 at 11:29. I could see the leader at all times (the winner beat me by about 30 seconds) and I just settled in. At about mile 3 Sarah and I started to push the pace of our group and we pulled away getting closer and closer to the first 3 guys... after mile 4 I realized that I probably couldn't catch the front 3 and this race would be for 4th place between me and Sarah... Throughout the race we exchanged the lead... However I could tell that her breathing was getting erratic. At about the 4.5 mile mark she tried to kick and drop me. I knew it was too early and I stayed back but didn't let her get too far ahead... I wanted it to come down to the last 400 meters and it did... I charged and I passed her and new that she didn't have enough left to re-pass me - she didn't. I was almost chicked! It wouldn't be a first but in big races like this it is nice to out run the super fast women. It was funny too... at the starting line I said to her that she looked fast and asked what she wanted to run and she told me like 6:00 minute miles. Well we both ran much faster than that. I think we probably helped each other during miles 4 and 5!
What would you do differently?:

Nothing... great effort

Last year the winning time in this race was 30:07; I was much faster than that so I'm very pleased even though it was only good enough for 4th place this year.

27 seconds is all that separated me from 1st place today... So I was right there!

Age graded: 79.3% Predicted VO2 Max: 57.7 ml/kg/min

Post race
Warm down:

Talked to some of the F4 athletes and to Dills who ran 6:12's after running 20 miles yesterday! Went to the beer garden and they were giving away beer in 2-fers so I had 6, then went to lunch with some friends.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Nothing, I'm running well even though I am fatigued from a very heavy marathon training cycle.

Event comments:

Well that is it! Another PR to end my training cycle. Next week I will attempt to go <2:50 at the Colorado Marathon in Fort Collins. This race served me well to build up my confidence. I'm ready!

Last updated: 2008-04-21 12:00 AM
00:29:22 | 05.07 miles | 05m 47s  min/mile
Age Group: 1/206
Overall: 4/3801
Performance: Good
MILE 1: 5:43 AVG HR 172 MILE 2: 5:44 AVG HR 190 (I don't believe this HR) MILE 3: 5:49 AVG HR 172 MILE 4: 5:55 AVG HR 165 MILE 5: 5:55 AVG HR 165
Course: Mostly flat on paved roads through the greater Cherry Creek area.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Mental exertion [1-5] 5
Physical exertion [1-5] 5
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers?
Plenty of drinks?
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

2008-04-27 6:03 PM

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Conifer, Colorado
Subject: Cherry Creek Sneak - 5 Mile

2008-04-27 6:22 PM
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Englewood, CO
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Subject: RE: Cherry Creek Sneak - 5 Mile
Speedy race Dime!  Glad you didn't get chicked.   You are ready to smoke that 2:50!
2008-04-27 6:52 PM
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Atlanta, Georgia
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Edited by lisac957 2008-04-27 6:52 PM
2008-04-27 6:59 PM
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Denver, CO
Subject: RE: Cherry Creek Sneak - 5 Mile
Congrats on the AG win and 4th place! Amazing. Good luck on the marathon!
2008-04-27 7:40 PM
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Nice job Doc Dime!!
2008-04-27 9:50 PM
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Well, I see a trend here for the summer! You keep setting PR's and getting faster! Nice job on not getting chicked too...ha ha!

2008-04-27 10:43 PM
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Faster than a snot-rocket, you are.

Congrats. Great race and great report!
2008-04-29 9:01 PM
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Highlands Ranch, Colorado
Subject: RE: Cherry Creek Sneak - 5 Mile
Smoking! And way to not get chicked! Personally I've accepted this fact of life...
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