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BolderBOULDER - Run10k

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Boulder, Colorado
United States
58F / 14C
Total Time = 44m 41s
Overall Rank = 1789/
Age Group = 30-34
Age Group Rank = 44/389
Pre-race routine:

Ate a bowl of cereal while I rode up to Boulder w/ Matt & Jen. Had a gel and a bit of water about 10 min before the start
Event warmup:

Walked/jogged to start area, did a little stretching, and then a quick warmup w/ high knees, & butt kicks. Got to my wave with about a minute to go!
  • 44m 41s
  • 6.21 miles
  • 07m 12s  min/mile

My goal was a 7:15 pace.

Matt and I started out together and went out way too hard. 6:43 was about 30 seconds faster than my target pace. If I hadn't actually seen that we went out that fast, my next two miles might have been better. I really didn't get into a good rhythm until mile 3 and then I realized that I would have to really get busy. From then on, I just focused on the pavement in front of me and tried to stay loose. Every time I checked my HR, I was in z4 which is right where I wanted to be. With two miles left, I knew that if I was going to make my goal, I'd have to push those two miles and eliminate any possibility of any real kick at the end. With 1 mile to go I passed a short dude in a grey shirt and figured he was in my AG. When I passed him, he picked up his pace and passed me back. I stayed with him until a taller guy passed us both. I got on tall guy's shoulder until 2 km to go and made my move. Neither of them was willing to go with, so I held my pace and turned up the hill into stadium. Heading up the hill, I was pretty gassed and that pre-puke feeling was lurking in my stomach. As soon as we got into the stadium, I checked for the two guys I passed. They were nowhere to be seen and I stayed right on the edge of puking until the finish.
What would you do differently?:

I PR'd by 55 seconds but I could have run the first mile with more control. Had I kept that first mile closer to 7:00, I could have run a much more even race.
Post race
Warm down:

Short walk to the stands and stretched a bit.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Pace discipline.

Event comments:

I love the BolderBoulder!! I was really disappointed about their timing chip removal this year though. There were no volunteers around to do the removal and there was only 1 pair of wire cutters to be shared by hundreds of people trying to remove their timing chip.

Last updated: 2008-05-26 12:00 AM
00:44:41 | 06.21 miles | 07m 12s  min/mile
Age Group: 44/389
Overall: 1789/
Performance: Good
mile 1: 06:43.47 mile 2: 07:27.95 mile 3: 07:37.21 mile 4: 07:19.29 mile 5: 07:05.49 mile 6: 07:03.64
Course: I really like this course. I heard some people saying that it's a tough 10k course. The hill going into the stadium can hit you pretty hard if you're not expecting it. Aside from that hill, this is a fast course.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 5
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? No
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities:
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

2008-05-26 1:13 PM

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Subject: BolderBOULDER

2008-05-26 3:08 PM
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Conifer, Colorado
Subject: RE: BolderBOULDER
Great job... I think chip removal was optional! Oh and impressive PR!
2008-05-26 3:18 PM
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Englewood, CO
Subject: RE: BolderBOULDER
Nice Ben!  Pr's are good on all days.  My chip is still on my shoe!  Good to see you. Glad to hear you have a job too!
2008-05-27 3:11 PM
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Subject: RE: BolderBOULDER
Way to PR! You did the same thing I did with going out too fast. I feel like a rookie when I do that. Grrr. I wanted to beat you
2008-05-27 10:29 PM
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Colorado Springs, Colorado
Subject: RE: BolderBOULDER
Nice going on the PR. The first mile is always fast due to the slight downhill. Might as well take advantage while you can! We were also confused by the lack of chip removal and it took a while to find what to do with them.
2008-05-28 2:45 PM
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Atlanta, Ga
Subject: RE: BolderBOULDER
Way to kick the PR man.  No pun intended.  Don't you love/hate that pre-puke feeling.

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