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St. Paddy's Dash 5K (Seattle) - Run

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Seattle, Wa
United States
50F / 10C
Total Time = 30m 9s
Overall Rank = 565/3327
Age Group = 40-44
Age Group Rank = 66/128
Pre-race routine:

I got up and showered, had a cup of coffee, half of a whole wheat english muffin with peanut butter, and water, then headed to Seattle. Met up with my friend Vinette at my office then hooked up with our shuttle to the start of the race. Our shuttle was a squad car! I got lots of funny looks because I was in the back seat.
Event warmup:

Walked around to keep warm (it was gorgeous sunny, but a wee chilly)then stretched. It was fun to see the crazy costumes some folks were wearing. There were tons of people 11,750!
  • 30m 9s
  • 3.5 miles
  • 08m 37s  min/mile

The Dash Started at the Seattle Center (home of the Space Needle) and ended at Safeco Field (home of the Seattle Mariners). The course followed paved roads on the Alaskan Way Viaduct, which overlooks Elliot Bay. It was mostly flat with some gentle rises and a gentle down hill near the finish line.

The miles were not marked (or I missed the signs) until mile 3.
What would you do differently?:

For this first run of the season, I am satisfied. I wanted to run negative splits, but without seeing the mile markers I am not sure if I did.
Post race
Warm down:

Walked around, had some water, visited the different booths.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

You don't want to know.

Event comments:

Positives: Fun, festive atmosphere; weather was incredible; great to spend time with my friend.

Critique: The water area at the finish was too small for the size of the race. I missed not having fruit available at the finish.

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Last updated: 2005-03-07 12:00 AM
00:30:09 | 03.5 miles | 08m 37s  min/mile
Age Group: 66/128
Overall: 565/3327
Performance: Good
Forgot HRM.
Course: paved streets
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
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? No
Post race activities: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

2005-03-14 12:07 PM

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Subject: St. Paddy's Dash 5K (Seattle)
I'm the one in the grey t-shirt and black shorts.

Edited by zagagirl 2005-03-14 12:22 PM

2005-03-15 12:15 AM
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Issaquah, WA,
Subject: RE: St. Paddy's Dash 5K (Seattle)
Nice race! I should check it out next year. Great way to start the season.
2005-03-15 11:06 PM
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2005-03-16 12:47 PM
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Subject: RE: St. Paddy's Dash 5K (Seattle)

Yup, that's me with the number on the front of my shirt!  Good eyes Doc!

That weather was AWESOME!  Glad you had it for your tri, too.

2005-03-18 5:39 PM
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San mateo California
Subject: RE: St. Paddy's Dash 5K (Seattle)
is that you under the green ballon?  I think that is you... right?
Great race good report

take care
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