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Lennox International Tour de Fleurs - Run10k

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Dallas, Texas
United States
63F / 17C
Total Time = 47m 19s
Overall Rank = 134/1733
Age Group = M45-49
Age Group Rank = 10/63
Pre-race routine:

The usual. Up at 4:30. Breakfast - Ensure, cliff bar, oj, coffee.

Michele and I drove to the Arboretum. Arrived early because parking can be congested and we didn't want to use the shuttle busses. So parked at Winfrey point. Sat back and caught a nap in the car while waiting for sunrise.
Event warmup:

None. I didn't plan to run hard so didn't warmup. I did some dynamic stretching.
  • 47m 19s
  • 6.2 miles
  • 07m 38s  min/mile

My plan was to run this at HIM pace - 8'/mile - and use this race as a training race for Longhorn. However, once I got going I couldn't resist picking up the pace. The weather was great for running. So, after the first mile I ran hard and decided to negative split the rest of the run. This race is a 10k PR for me.
What would you do differently?:

If I were to race this full out from the start I would make sure to warm up properly.
Post race
Warm down:

Jogged/walked back to the car to grab the camera so I could take pics of Michele.

Event comments:

This is my favorite running race. The post race party is awesome - band, food, stroll around the arboretum. Fantastic race venue and a beautiful course. I'd like to run the 20k some day (there is a 10k and a 20k race).

Last updated: 2008-07-15 12:00 AM
00:47:19 | 06.2 miles | 07m 38s  min/mile
Age Group: 10/63
Overall: 134/1733
Performance: Good
mile, pace, AHR 1, 8:14, ? (HRM problems) 2, 7:47, 154 3, 7:40, 154 4, 7:40, 154 5, 7:26, 157 6, 7:05, 163 6.2, ? , 170
Course: Modified out and back along White Rock Lake. About 90% of the course is shaded. There are some small hills on the course.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
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? Yes
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 5

2008-09-21 3:12 PM

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Frisco, Texas
Subject: Lennox International Tour de Fleurs

2008-09-21 8:07 PM
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Flower Mound, TX
Subject: RE: Lennox International Tour de Fleurs

Wow!  A 10K PR has a warmup!  That's awesome, TJ.

I'm sorry I missed this race again this year, but I still can't run.  In fact, I switched to the AB in Austin.



2008-09-21 8:44 PM
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Subject: RE: Lennox International Tour de Fleurs

Congratulations on your PR!  This sounds like a great event.  Maybe we will do it next year!

2008-09-22 9:02 AM
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Plano, Texas
Subject: RE: Lennox International Tour de Fleurs

You PR as a warm up for another race? That's just f***ing brilliant. BRILLIANT I tells ya. I wish I could have caught up with you before or after the race. Now I know why I didn't see were napping in the car. Shoot, you were probably wearing sandals for the run. 

Congratualtions on a great run.


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