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Tulip Festival Road Race - Run10k


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Orange City, Iowa
United States
Kiwanis / All Sport Central
75F / 24C
Sunny
Total Time = 58m 34s
Overall Rank = /
Age Group =
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Pre-race routine:

Found a place to park near where I thought the start/finish line might be [it was near all the carnival equipment/rides/stuff], then walked over to the packet pickup. I wore my UNL hoodie so that John [Soretaint] could recognize me. I walked thru the pickup area and didn't see a bathroom so I started walking back and he found me. He has a very firm handshake! His father-in-law does too. Real manly men. Jason [El Flaco] will be jealous just reading that! Anyway, chatted a little bit, then hit the restroom, then chatted with John's FIL some more [can't remember his name -- sorry!] and then went to my car to de-clothe and get my chip and bib number put on. Got back to the rendezvous point and caught some flak from John about my cotton cutoff shirt. I get chafed in anything else!
Event warmup:

Just running back from the car to the rendezvous point about a block and a half. If I warm up much more than that I'd kill my race. John also inquired about my 10:00+ miles in my training log. I told him I had a chance at a PR today.
Run
  • 58m 34s
  • 6.2 miles
  • 09m 27s  min/mile
Comments:

Started the run okay and, like clockwork, my friend the side stitch settled in at the five-minute mark. So stupid. This is the third run IN A ROW that it's happened to me. I simply have no clue what's bringing it on. At any rate, I ran the first "mile" which I think was measured pretty short in 8:52. I decided that was a little quick for the first half so I settled into a slower pace. At mile 2 I was at 18:43 so I must've done something right with kicking my pace down. Usually that's a struggle for me, especially if I have people to chase. I clicked my watch at the "10K 5 mile" mark at 29:34 and did my first 5K loop in like 30:23 or something like that. After I hit the 5K mark my side-stitch FINALLY went away, so I decided it was time to step it up a notch or two. Hit the 4 mile mark at 38:36 [SOME of my friends will have been done by now... jerks :)] and started to pass a guy at 42:30. I remember the exact time because he asked me. And then after I told him, he picked it up! I was like "Hey you can't just pick it up like that!" and we both had a good laugh. I caught back up to him a couple more times but then once he heard me approaching he would step it up again. I knew I had him when he started walking after the 5 mile mark. I clocked that at 47:40. Huffed and puffed the last 1.2 and about passed out because I was trying so hard to catch the few people ahead of me. If I had another fifty yards I would have had 'em! Ah well. I think maybe 5 people finished after me. Everyone needs a slice of humble pie every once in a while.
What would you do differently?:

Not really anything since I set a new PR! I got mixed up! I thought my PR was 58:47 but I got that confused with my 5K time! GRR! This is my second-longest run in 2008 so I don't think that's a bad time, all things considered. This came at the end of a recovery week so that helped. What didn't help was the fact that I couldn't fall asleep until 12:30AM, then I was wide awake at 3:30 and never did fall back asleep so I got up at 4:15 and got everything ready. I had to leave at 4:45 so it wasn't a huge deal.
Post race
Warm down:

Met the rest of John's entourage and then recapped my race. I told them all I PR'd because I thought I did but I didn't so I'm a big fat liar. Checked out the finishing times with John and then waited around for the awards ceremony.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

PF. At the time of writing this, before entering in today's mileage I'm at 64 miles running in 2008 [actually, since Nov. 2007] so to come within 13 seconds of a PR I'm content with where I'm at right now.

Event comments:

I give this race a 4 because I didn't like how the OA winners got AG awards too. Most races I've seen have been one or the other. Also the post-race refreshments left something to be desired. By the time I was done there was plenty of apple juice to drink but only a handful of bananas. They really didn't have a huge number of participants, especially for the 10K, so maybe it was better beforehand. The volunteers and water stations were plenty and the course was through a small town where probably everyone who was awake was either at the square or in the race, so traffic was not an issue and the run was pretty pleasant.




Last updated: 2008-05-17 12:00 AM
Running
00:58:34 | 06.2 miles | 09m 27s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Performance: Good
Course: Two 5K loops around the wonderful community of Orange City, IA.
Keeping cool Average Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 5
Physical exertion [1-5] 5
Good race? Yes
Evaluation
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

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2008-05-17 4:37 PM

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2008-05-17 8:52 PM
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Awesome run and Great RR. Should I take offense to the smart aleck remarks! One other question, Are Tom and I your friends......jerks huh. I can't help it that I was blessed genetically. Anyway congratulations and great job!
2008-05-17 9:14 PM
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Great job and nice RR
2008-05-17 9:41 PM
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Nice job Brian. I'm sure you'll get a PR on a 10K this year. There is a 10K down by Beatrice towards the end of the month...just something to think about.
2008-05-17 10:37 PM
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Great job Bri!

I'm glad you had a good tip toe through the tulips! 

2008-05-17 11:55 PM
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El Flaco - 2008-05-17 8:52 PM

Awesome run and Great RR. Should I take offense to the smart aleck remarks! One other question, Are Tom and I your friends......jerks huh. I can't help it that I was blessed genetically. Anyway congratulations and great job!

If I told you that you had a fast body would you hold it against me?


2008-05-17 11:56 PM
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jeremy_424 - 2008-05-17 9:41 PM

Nice job Brian. I'm sure you'll get a PR on a 10K this year. There is a 10K down by Beatrice towards the end of the month...just something to think about.

Give me a link or some info -- Brynn wants to do a 10K before her half-mary on June 22!
2008-05-18 4:41 AM
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Nice job with training limited by the PF. Hope it heals up soon!
2008-05-18 1:58 PM
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Well you didn't beat my time from last weekend. But you did beat my first 10K time, which was only 6 or 7 weeks ago. Very nice!!!
2008-05-19 3:20 PM
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Great race Brian! It was a pleasure to meet you and hope to catch up again sometime.

Not a PR after all, eh? Very close though! With the limited miles this year, you did an outstanding job!

2008-05-20 6:18 PM
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soretaint - 2008-05-19 3:20 PM

Great race Brian! It was a pleasure to meet you and hope to catch up again sometime.

Not a PR after all, eh? Very close though! With the limited miles this year, you did an outstanding job!

 John, with Brians advanced age I'm not sure he is capable of reading that font size.



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El Flaco - 2008-05-20 6:18 PM

soretaint - 2008-05-19 3:20 PM

Great race Brian! It was a pleasure to meet you and hope to catch up again sometime.

Not a PR after all, eh? Very close though! With the limited miles this year, you did an outstanding job!

John, with Brians advanced age I'm not sure he is capable of reading that font size.



Thanks a lot. I was just going to pretend I could read it and not say anything, but here you come out with all my secrets! Do you want to just go ahead and tell everyone that I use HGH as well?!
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