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San Francisco, California
United States
65F / 18C
Total Time = 27m 4s
Overall Rank = /
Age Group =
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Pre-race routine:

Trixie and I drove from Santa Cruz to San Francisco early so that we could make sure we made it on time. On the way, we were indulging in our pre-race meals of chocolate cake and diet coke for me with sushi and vanilla cake for Trixie.

We got to the park an hour early so we took a nap in the car for about 35-40 minutes.
Event warmup:

We started walking from the parking garage to the race start, but got a bit lost. We found the race markings on the road and decided to follow them a circle. We realized that we had a problem when we came back to where we started and thought "what the hell?" So, we found the out-and-back section that was actually to/from the start/finish line.

That was, at least, 2.5 miles of walking.

As we sat around waiting for the start, I was looking at the other women and said to Trixie; "I think you can take this race". She wasn't so sure and thought a couple of the women looked like they could fly. Plus, she had forgotten her inhaler so she was doubly unsure.

She said that she was going to go out with the front women and see how long she could hang. I gave her a fist-bump and took my spot futher back in the pack.
  • 27m 4s
  • 3.1 miles
  • 08m 44s  min/mile

Took off running and tried to fall into a good rhythm of pace and stride. I didn't know what kind of hill the race would climb so I didn't want to hit the gas too hard too early. As we turned to go around the lake, we transitioned from road to trail and my pace improved. I'm much smoother and fluid running on trails than road.

We hit the first hill and people started walking. It wasn't that big of a hill, so I just lowered my hips and powered up it. (Oh look a hill. Let's run up it!) Then we hit the big hill that we had to climb. At that point, I had to actually walk it for a bit.

This climb was to the top of the island and the front-runners were on their way back. I was looking, anxiously, to see where Trixie was going to be placing herself. I counted about 7 or 8 guys and then here came Trixie. She was freaking leading the women. I yelled at her "1st Female Trix. Go Get It!"

After the turnaround at the top, I just turned my legs loose on the downhill. I actually touched a 5:30/mile pace on the downhill (told you it was steep).

One of the advantages of getting lost before-hand meant that I had seen the rest of the course and knew what to expect in terms of hills and terrain.

As I hit the out/back section that led to the finish, I looked at my watch and saw that I had a shot at a sub-27. With that, I found another gear. I dropped my pace from 8:30 to 7:30. I don't know where I found it but there it was.

As I entered the last 100yds, Trix popped up at the finish to cheer me in. I saw the clock turn from 26:59 to 27:00 when I was about 10 yards away. :( If the race had been chipped, I probably would have been sub-27 b/c it took me 10-15 seconds to cross the line at the start.

Still, even at 27:04, this is an OFFICIAL PR for me at the 5k distance. I think I was faster at Jingle Bell but the course was messed up there.
What would you do differently?:

Post race
Warm down:

Walked around and asked Trixie how she did, since she was crushing the women's field at the turn around. 1st place. It didn't surprise me.

This set my baseline for this week's Midnight 5k along the Dunedin Causeway. Flat with the only climb being the bridge.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

10k up/back on a ski slope. 4.5mi tempo run at the beach. 5k up and down a redwood forest mountain. :)

Event comments:

This was a great race with a small running group in San Fran. The best part was watching Trixie get her 1st place women's ribbon. The 2nd place woman was a club regular and the look on her face of "who IS this new person" was priceless. :) Of course, when Trix explained that she originally came to run Western States, everyone was ga-ga over finding out more about that.

This was a lot of fun for a last-minute idea. It was nice to find a short race to run just for fun.

Last updated: 2008-06-30 12:00 AM
00:27:04 | 03.1 miles | 08m 44s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Performance: Good
Keeping cool Good Drinking
Post race
Weight change: %
Mental exertion [1-5]
Physical exertion [1-5]
Good race? Yes
Course challenge
Events on-time?
Lots of volunteers?
Plenty of drinks?
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2008-06-30 11:14 AM

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2008-06-30 11:29 AM
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Great report and congrats on your PR!  Sounds like a fun time
2008-06-30 11:39 AM
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Iron Donkey
, Wisconsin
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Uhhh, I thought this was Trixie's RR after reading this.

Way to go, Cubie, on the PR!!!

2008-06-30 12:12 PM
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DC Metro, slowly working my way to NC
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Wow, great job and congrats on the PR!
2008-06-30 12:35 PM
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Chelmsford, Massachusetts
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Kiiiiiiick a$$!!!  Nice work!  Although I think I just threw up in my mouth a little bit when I read "sushi and vanilla cake".

Great new PR there mister!

2008-06-30 12:41 PM
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Hattiesburg, Mississippi
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Awesome job on the PR Shaun. 

2008-06-30 8:55 PM
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Great job bubba! 


hey look, a hill 

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