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Army Ten Miler - Run10 Mile

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Washington, D.C., Washington, D.C.
United States
58F / 14C
Total Time = 1h 23m 19s
Overall Rank = 4298/18857
Age Group =
Age Group Rank = 158/1506
Pre-race routine:

Woke up at 5, had coffee, two whole-wheat waffles with peanut butter and a pint of water (yes, I drink my water out of beer glasses). I had an espresso Hammer gel about 10 minutes before the start.
Event warmup:

I stretched my ITB and PF as soon as I woke up. We had about a half-mile walk from my sister's house to the metro and that was about the extent of my warm up. The race start was incredibly crowded given the size of the field. So I stretched some more while I waited for my wave to start.

While it was only 58 degrees, in true DC style it was 87% humidity so it didn't take long to feel warm.
  • 1h 23m 19s
  • 10 miles
  • 08m 20s  min/mile

This was an incredible race, both from an experience standpoint and a performance standpoint. I've never raced a 10-miler, but I've done it in training several times and this was much faster than I was hoping for, particularly given the week I'd had.

My foot was cramping while waiting in the start corral so I was a little concerned. I tried to jog on it and it seemed ok, so I figured I would start out slow and see how it felt. I somehow (again) got placed in a slower wave than my pace so I went ahead and jumped in with one of the groups ahead of me. My leg and foot were feeling good, but I didn't want to celebrate too early so I tried to pay close attention and adjust my pace as needed. I did the first mile in 8:23 and worried I might be going too fast. The second mile was a few seconds faster so I deliberately slowed to 8:30 for the third. But then I got stuck next to the heavy breather. And I'm not talking about normal heavy breathing I'm talking about loud, labored breathing with a very forceful exhale. I had a choice - either throw myself into the Potomac or drop the guy so I picked up the pace and tried to get away. It took me over a mile and I ended up dropping my time to just over 8. I was able to settle into an 8:13-8:19 pace pretty consistently for the remainder.

There is an incredibly positive feeling in this race and inspiration pretty much everywhere. There were a lot of amputees running, many who seemed to just be learning to run with prosthetics. All of them were way too young. There were tons of people running in honor of a friend or family member who is either still serving or who died serving and seeing the thousands of faces and names was very moving. And the energy level was unbeatable. Several Army band groups, other bands along the route and groups doing cadence calls all helped to keep up the momentum. It also didn't hurt to have the cute Army guys handing out water and Gatorade.

It was also fun to do a non-marathon race with such a huge field and adequate room along the course. I especially enjoyed a stretch along Independence Ave where the faster runners had made the turnaround and were running on the other side of the street. There was a lot of cheering and encouragement amongst the runners.

I was somewhat amazed when I reached mile 8 and my legs and feet weren't giving out on me so I picked up the pace and pushed it to the end. The last couple miles cover the bridges we started on so there are some steep hills. I was sure my pace had died off, but was surprised to see my 9th mile was just over 8 and my 10th was 7:59, my fastest of the race. I hit my watch at the finished and was thrilled with my time.
What would you do differently?:

Not a single thing. This was a great race for me.
Post race
Warm down:

I walked through the finisher area, had a muffin and some water and went to find my group and wait for the others to finish. I did a lot of stretching while I waited and stretched again later when we got home. We went straight to breakfast still dressed in race gear.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Nagging injuries paying me a new visit. My volume increase over the past few weeks has no doubt violated the 10% rule so I've been tempting fate all along. I'm just pleased things seem to be under control for the moment.

I am also having a hard time relaxing my shoulders due to my knotted muscles on the left side. PT should help with this.

Event comments:

I've done a lot of running races and this was by far one of the most fun and most organized races. I'll definitely be back if my schedule and body allow it next year.

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Last updated: 2008-06-29 12:00 AM
01:23:19 | 10 miles | 08m 20s  min/mile
Age Group: 158/1506
Overall: 4298/18857
Performance: Good
Course: Incredible loop course that starts and ends at the Pentagon and passes pretty much every major sight in DC. Being bored in this race would be impossible.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
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? Yes
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 5

2008-10-06 8:52 PM

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Brooklyn, NY
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2008-10-06 9:01 PM
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West Chester, Ohio
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Teffific job out thre.  All those military guys handing out water and gatr aid had to be moving...I dunno, might have lost it with the injured guys on prosthetic legs.  What heart to keep going. I'll have to remember this one for next season.

2008-10-06 9:25 PM
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Lafayette, IN
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Great race!  You're a speedy little thing.  Love the tall socks.
2008-10-06 10:49 PM
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Brooklyn, NY
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Rockin' the support hose!

Great race! Sounds like a really fun course.
2008-10-06 11:39 PM
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I loved this race! I snuck an ipod onto the course and had the pleasure of listening to "Bring Him Home" from Les Mis as I ran past the Arlington Cemetary.

This was by far the best and most inspiring course that I have ever run.
2008-10-07 6:36 AM
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Long Island, NY
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Well done. Sounds like it was a great experience.

Keep up the running and get on that bike as soon as the shoulder lets you!

2008-10-07 8:46 AM
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Nice work Fasty McFasterson!
2008-10-07 9:45 AM
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Iron Donkey
, Wisconsin
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Where's the red??  You have black and white on.  I expected to see red.

Good pace you had!  The heavy breather would have made me go ballistic - better choice to NOT have jumped in the Potomac.

The compression socks are the new leg warmers of the '80s.

Great Job!!

2008-10-07 11:09 AM
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Long Beach, CA
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Congrats on a great race -will have to remeber this one next year sounds like an amazing experience. Now then -on to the the real race NYC Mary -any special requestes from your NYC based jockstrap???
2008-10-07 12:51 PM
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Liverpool, New York
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awesome job!
2008-10-08 8:32 AM
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Extreme Veteran
Northwest Louisiana
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Have I told you I want to be like you? That was an awesome run. Nice socks!!

2008-10-09 3:53 PM
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Carlsbad, California
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Awesome run

The 10 miler is a blast to run for many of the reasons you pointed out. (Run Fast but not nearly as dibilitating as the marathon)

Seems like your comeback is complete (At least as far as running is concerned) and suggests some good things for NYCM
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