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Monticello, Illinois
United States
Second Wind Running Club
55F / 13C
Total Time = 51m 17s
Overall Rank = 146/396
Age Group = Clydesdale
Age Group Rank = 6/17
Pre-race routine:

This was my first race in some time. When the alarm went off this morning it was still dark. I considered staying in bed but I didn't. Drank some vit H2O on the drive over. Ate 1/2 a breakfast bar.
Event warmup:

Visited with friends and co-workers. One of my best friends from work called me mid-week ALL excited about this race. He didn't make it. Forgot to set his alarm. My buddy Scott and I talked and the gun went off.
  • 51m 17s
  • 5.5 miles
  • 09m 19s  min/mile

MILE 1: Thru the Foo Dogs (sculptures). Felt good. Watch had me at 7:33 pace. A little too fast but I didn't pay for it.
MILE 2: Mud. Mud. and Mud. The trail was narrow and I had to pass the people who started out too quick. Happens every time.
MILE 3: Creeks! And they were wide and full of cold water. I've done this race 3 other times. I've never experienced the mud and water like this was a whole new experience. Think Advanture Race not local 5K. A guy actually fell into the creek - up to his neck. Brrrr! The water was knee level.
MILE 4: Got away from the river bottom and onto some dry trail. Ahhhh! My buddy Scott was running the opposite direction at the Sundecker turn-around and handed me a cup of water. Nice of him!
MILE 5: The hills in the open field were a challenge but I pushed thru.
What would you do differently?:

My shoes and socks were wet and caked with mud. Trail Shoes needed. The heavy, wet shoes didn't hurt me too much - I'm a big guy, but dry would have been nicer.

I'd rate my effort okay. Can't race in the mud and expect a good elapsed time but the race was a nice challenge.
Post race
Warm down:

Visited with friends and ate a 'nanner.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

The mud. The creeks. Wet gear.

Event comments:

This race has been around for a long time. Allerton Park is unique and beautiful. It is great they allow us to run there once a year. No complaints.

My feet were cold and wet on the drive home. Take dry shoes and socks if you do this race. AND if you get the chance, do this race!

Last updated: 2008-09-26 12:00 AM
00:51:17 | 05.5 miles | 09m 19s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/17
Overall: 0/396
Performance: Average
HR Ave. 166
Course: The course is a trail run and starts out on grass but quickly bottlenecks into a single track. Lots of moderate hills for this part of the country. The last 1/2 mile is run is through an open field.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
Good race? Ok
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Below average
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

2008-10-26 12:47 PM

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Central, IL
Subject: Allerton Park Trail Run

2008-10-26 10:35 PM
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Liverpool, New York
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Subject: RE: Allerton Park Trail Run

Awesome job!


2008-10-27 9:38 AM
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San Diego, CA
Subject: RE: Allerton Park Trail Run
Impressive race and a great start. Sounds like a lot of fun!
2008-10-27 10:59 AM
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Wow, this brings back some memories, having grown up/gone to school in Champaign. That would be a pretty nice race. Sounds like a race to tell your kids about

Nice job!
2008-10-28 7:09 AM
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Williamsburg, Virginia
Subject: RE: Allerton Park Trail Run
Sounds like a fun race. nice job.
2008-10-30 12:48 PM
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Cool! Sounds like fun!  You did great!!! Glad you made it, seeing as your cushy desk job has made you soft, and all!

k/k! You know i luv ya!

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