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Sitton SAAB Paris Mountain Road Race - Run5k

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Greenville, South Carolina
United States
Greenville Track Club
31F / -1C
Total Time = 23m 40s
Overall Rank = /
Age Group = F 35-39
Age Group Rank = 2/
Pre-race routine:

Packed cooler, sleeping bag and toys for kids. Parked car. Walked around Furman looking for my friends. Found them.
Event warmup:

Walking around Furman carry a boat-load of stuff for the kids. Set them up, said good-bye and went to position myself in the middle for the start of the race.
  • 23m 40s
  • 3.11 miles
  • 07m 37s  min/mile

I haven't done a stand-alone 5K since 2006. I wanted to get in a better warm up, but just not possible since I needed to meet up with my friends who were kind enough to offer child supervision. My husband was riding in the Upstate Winter Bike League, so it was just me and the kids. 10 year old is not mature enough to watch over the 7 year old without issues arising. When the gun went off, I wanted to go out strong. I did. A bit too strong. First mile was done in 6:39:o So I settled into a rhythm and breathed like a freight train. I could see a 9 year old kid in front of me and I was dead-set on taking him down! You are mine, little kid! I kept waiting for him to fade, but that dang little sucker was fast! Finally, at mile 2, I made the pass. He refused to surrender and was drafting off me! We had to make one final loop around the mall and I really wanted to turn on some speed. This is "only" a 5K. I should be able to have some speed left. Saw my next target. A maybe 16 year old boy. Thought I would try to go get him. He must have had the same idea as me, because he turned on the speed as well. I never caught him. I could see him, but I could not make up any ground on him. I finished the race. I saw my target hand over his tag then puke. I felt better. He ran to the hurl point. He deserved to finish ahead of me. 9 year old finished 2 seconds behind me. Not kidding. 2 seconds. Really. Smokin' fast little kid.
What would you do differently?:

Warm up. Maybe plan to race more than 24 hours ahead of time. I dunno. It was fun to run a short race. Just need to learn how to hold back a bit at the start and let 'er rip at the end.
Post race
Warm down:

Picking and packing up all the stuff I'd brought for the kids.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

My slow self.

Event comments:

My only complaint about this race is that there was an unmarked area of ice on the course. It just looked wet. But the little 9 year old was still ahead of me at this point and I saw him go sideways. The nimble little guy stayed upright and kept going, but it clued me in to be cautious. They really could have used someone there to point out that it was ice. I hope nobody went down at that spot cuz it was slippery.

Last updated: 2008-12-12 12:00 AM
00:23:40 | 03.11 miles | 07m 37s  min/mile
Age Group: 2/
Overall: 0/
Performance: Good
Course: Loop and a half around Furman University.
Keeping cool Good Drinking
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? Ok
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? No
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 3

2008-12-13 10:33 AM

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Simpsonville, SC
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2008-12-13 8:09 PM
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Fishers, Indiana
Subject: RE: Sitton SAAB Paris Mountain Road Race
Excellent race Pam...why to take down the 9 year old, that's competition!   Excellent last minute racing!
2008-12-13 9:14 PM
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You have that competitive drive to dig deep and push hard. I have that cross racing not running.

Amazingly fast first mile...great job..I see more speed work in your future before IMCDA.

2008-12-13 9:39 PM
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West Chester, Ohio
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Trying to take down 9 year olds and 16 year olds? Funny!  Made a teenager puke?  Awesome  

Seriously, great job out there

2008-12-14 2:44 AM
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Melon Presser
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Awesome job, Pam! You are super speedy! 5Ks are hard to pace and you did a great job taking down a bunch of kids. That made me laugh.
2008-12-14 2:38 PM
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Science Nerd
Redwood City, California
Subject: RE: Sitton SAAB Paris Mountain Road Race
Congratulations, Pam!!  Awesome job!  I wouldn't have wanted to get beat by the 16 year old or the 9 year old (but they would have anyway  ).

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