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Katy Trail 5K - Run5k

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Dallas, Texas
United States
75F / 24C
Total Time = 24m 5s
Overall Rank = 389/1738
Age Group = M40-44
Age Group Rank = 30/103
Pre-race routine:

I chaperoned 4 ladies to the race, and I was supposed to pace them for a sub-30 minute race. That didn't quite work out, as I had delusions of a PR in front of me, and the girls were cool with it. So, I was free to fly (for me). I didn't over-hydrate during the day or any nonsense like that. In fact, I ate almost $30 worth of sushi for lunch. I likes me some sushi!
Event warmup:

I decided on the Richard Simmons Nike running shorts (they are just THIS side of publicly legal) and a tight stretching was done in the private sanctuary of a business parking garage close to the race site. I didn't want to get arrested BEFORE drinking the post-race beer, knowuddamean? Priorities, you know. We basically milled around after I secured registration and timing chip, etc. The swag bag contained a really nice tech shirt, and it even has my name on the back of it (one of the title sponsors is Karhu). Pretty sweet.
  • 24m 5s
  • 3.11 miles
  • 07m 44s  min/mile

I positioned myself at the front (5 seconds behind the gun), and went out pretty quick (again, for me), and felt fine. I didn't pay much attention to my Garmin, but at the 1 mile marker, I realized I had only been running for 7:17, and if I wanted to finish the race perpendicular to the ground and NOT on a stretcher, I should probably slow down a tad. This was good timing as we hit some headwind (of course we did, this is TEXAS) and some gradual hills that snuck up on us. At the next mile marker, I checked my time and 15:36 was a good place for me, so I rolled with it. Getting to the point of about 2.5 miles, a couple dudes took off at a much faster clip. I grabbed onto their heels and stayed with them. About 2/10 of a mile out from race finish, they faded and I saw my chance at glory (ha!). I hit another gear and then another and blasted by a LOT of people in that last 2/10th of a mile. I was in a full sprint, as you can tell by my max speed for that :43 seconds, which was 13.5 mph. I have some wheels, when I want them to work. Ever try to run 13.5 mph? Give it a shot at the end of your next 5K. It's exhilarating, to say the least.
What would you do differently?:

Not a thing. I stuck to a pretty simple plan...go from the front at race start and go hard for a mile, reel it in some for mile 2, then hit it for mile 3 and sprint to the finish. I PR'd by 7 seconds (don't laugh, I still PR'd), and was quite pleased that I actually hit and STAYED in Z3 for an entire race. What a concept.
Post race
Warm down:

Well, I started in the front and finished before 1400 other people, so I found a high perch and watched everyone come by and flagged down my would-be pacee's as they finished one by one. We got everyone collected and then it was ON. The feast, that is. Beer/wine/margaritas flowing, food everywhere. Post-race, I consumed 2 cups of Gatorade, 1 small bottle of water, 1 orange, 1 banana, 2 glasses of shiraz, 5 Michelob Ultra beers and a homemade granola bar. There was lot's of great food everywhere, but as you can see, those beer/wine lines were just too big of a draw for me.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Genetics? I am not a runner; I only do it because that is where they place the finishing mat at the conclusion of a triathlon.

Event comments:

Fun, fun, fun race! Not because I ran a good race, but because the people, the atmosphere, the location, the post-race party (there were still 1000 people partying when I left at 9:30pm, a good 2 1/2 hours AFTER the race) was just a nice event, and I will be doing it next year. The tech shirt is a dri-fit and pretty sweet looking.. it's white, not peach or dayglow yellow or something. Oh, a funny thing happened at the race conclusion.. the girl taking off timing chips was kneeling in front of me and as I approached, I noticed her not using scissors to eradicate the timing chips from racers' shoes. The scissors were laying on the ground right next to her. She was ripping the timing chips off. It never occured for me to stop her when I got to her, but knowing I have Yankz, which are in a sense BUNGEE CORDS, I watched her yank (lol) my timing chip back about 6 inches, I watched my Yanks go with her hand, I watched her jaw drop as the timing chip slipped out of her hand, I watched her nearly fall over from laughter as the timing chip sprung back to it's initial perch with extreme urgency, which just so happened to make a loud thud as it struck the top of my poor, defenseless foot. THAT'S gonna leave a mark. And it did. I still think it was funny. The price you pay for a good laugh these days...

Last updated: 2008-05-16 12:00 AM
00:24:05 | 03.11 miles | 07m 44s  min/mile
Age Group: 30/103
Overall: 389/1738
Performance: Good
Avg HR 162 Max HR 174 Mile 1 7:17 @ 8.2mph w/max speed of 9.7mph HR 152/avg 169/max Mile 2 8:19 @ 7.2mph w/max speed of 8.4mph HR 168/avg 174/max Mile 3 7:55 @ 7.6mph w/max speed of 10.0mph HR 165/avg 171/max Finish :43 @ 10mph w/max speed of 13.5mph HR 167/avg 171/max
Course: I never know how to write up a course report.. I am a follower in very few things in my life, but running races, I am an unabashed follower. I go where everyone else goes, and stop when they tell me to. Pretty simple. Other than that, we went straight some, turned some, and more straight...savvy?
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?
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 5

2008-05-16 3:04 AM

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Plano, TX
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2008-05-16 10:09 AM
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San Jose, CA
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Woooo HOOOOOO!!!! great race!  And I want pictures of the tight tank / barely legal shorts.
2008-05-16 12:04 PM
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Nice race, congrats on the PR.  Looks like sushi may be your secret fuel?

One question, what is your definition of a "chaperone"?  Looks like you didn't run with your gals...and then afterwards you had 2 glasses of wine and five beers? 

Edited by bonbeebe 2008-05-16 12:23 PM
2008-05-16 12:55 PM
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Dallas, TX
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Congrats on the PR! Sounds like too much fun!
2008-05-16 1:50 PM
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Great race.  All I could think when you said the girl kneeled in front of you to take the chip what your comment of your Richard Simmons short you made earlier.  I was afraid what you next comment was going to be.
2008-05-16 2:34 PM
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Frisco, Texas
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i was down there for a jimmy choo eyewear fashion show at the w - hated it - so wish i would've opted for the katy 5k. pr's are awesome...great job!!

2008-05-17 5:39 PM
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Keller Tx
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Nice race, but you were mean to that chip girl
2008-05-18 11:35 AM
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Dallas, TX
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Awesome race!  I'm so bummed I had to miss out on it - it sounds like the post-race party was a blast!!
2008-05-21 5:13 PM
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Sous Mon Diadème
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Zone 3?  Who knew??  Oh wait....

Congratulations on the PR!!  Sounds like a fun race and post-race party. 

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