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Huntington Beach, California
United States
Kinane Events
50F / 10C
Overcast
Total Time = 27m 26s
Overall Rank = 446/2511
Age Group = F-30-34
Age Group Rank = 26/290
Pre-race routine:

Ate a banana and wrote my best 5K time in the palm of my hand. Matt & I drove to the race site. My stomach was bothering me, I was hoping to PR this race, but realized that might just be a pipe-dream based on the tummy moaning. Nothing exciting but we did valet park at the Hyatt. Valet parking for a race....yep that's a first!

I was not expecting to have to valet park, so I got out of the car with my cell phone in my jacket pocket.
Event warmup:

Walked to the starting line from the hotel. It was freezing! My teeth were chattering. Tons of fog, it felt like the Bay Area rather than So Cal. Before the gun for my group I took the phone out of my pocket, I knew it would annoy me to run with, so I held it in my hand during the race.
Run
  • 27m 26s
  • 3.11 miles
  • 08m 49s  min/mile
Comments:

They started us in waves about 2 minutes apart. Good concept and it seemed to work well. I was hoping to PR, but really did not think it would happen with my stomach bothering me. I stood in the 8-10 Min/mile pace group.

Off we went and I was feeling good, not great but comfortable in my pace. It was interesting because there was a 1/2 mary and full mary taking place at the same time. I hit the first mile mark at 5 minutes! WTF!?!? That elation lasted about 2 seconds and I realized the mile marker was for one of the other races.

I hit the real 1st mile marker at 9:02, not bad and not great either. Continued to run and weave my way through the mass of people on the course. It was a flat out and back along the beach......there was sooooo much fog I did not even see the beach or the ocean! Wound up reaching mile 2 at 18:20 and tummy was really not feeling happy. I realized that in order to PR I would need to hit the finish line by running about an 8 min/mile....that was not happening today.

At that moment I passed a group of Marines on their way out (no clue why they started in a slowed wave than me). I immediately thought of so many people that would love to have the ability to run, to complete 5K regardless of the time. I thought of those competing the wheelchair division and of so many people that will never know the elation and sense of accomplishment of crossing the finish-line. I decided to enjoy the rest of the run and did not look at my watch again until I crossed the finish line.

I wound up finishing a minute slower than my fastest 5k. HOWEVER.....I am thrilled with how well I placed in this race!
Overall: 446 out of 2511
Women: 173 out of 1626
F 30-34: 26 out of 290

I NEVER place this high in races!!!
What would you do differently?:

If my stomach was feeling better, I may have been a bit faster, but I don't think this race would have been a PR for me anyway. The legs were not feeling it.
Post race
Warm down:

I got my finisher's pic taken and walked around the race expo. Made my way to the finisher's line crowd and watched Matt complete his first Half-Mary.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Stomach issues

Event comments:

I would run this one again, but keep my fingers crossed that the sun would be shining during my race.....it was COLD!




Last updated: 2009-01-12 12:00 AM
Running
00:27:26 | 03.11 miles | 08m 49s  min/mile
Age Group: 26/290
Overall: 446/2511
Performance: Good
Course: Flat out and back, a bit of a head-wind
Keeping cool Average Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 5
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
Good race? Yes
Evaluation
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

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2009-02-05 2:36 PM

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2009-02-05 3:11 PM
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26th PLACE IS YOUR AGE GROUP IS INCREDIBLE!  Remember your motto 'Finish all of my races in the Middle of the pack instead of toward the back'. I know its not a pr but Great job!
2009-02-05 4:13 PM
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2009-02-05 5:11 PM
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Congrats Abbie!!!!
2009-02-05 6:42 PM
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Nice run

I'd love to place that high in my AG.

2009-02-05 6:52 PM
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Great job, Abbie! Congratulations!

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2009-02-05 6:57 PM
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CONGRATULATIONS!!! You ran an awesome race despite your tummy, and it was so beautiful to read about your gratitude. That really is the point, isn't it, just the joy of being alive and moving? You are such an inspiration.

AWESOME placing, too!!!

2009-02-05 7:42 PM
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Congratulations Abbie!  Awesome placing and a great race report!
2009-02-05 8:34 PM
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Awesome job with a sour stomach!
2009-02-05 9:24 PM
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Good race and great attitude!
2009-02-06 12:05 PM
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Valet parking is so cool... I remember this one time I was drinking at the hyatt and pretended I was valet parking cars.  ( i knocked out the real valet guy and took his jacket when I stuffed him in the closet)  I ended up with so many cars !!! it was great... I called this mob guy I knew back when I was working inside the state prison in Pa.  in a couple of hours there were 8 of those big 18 wheeler trailers that haul cars, we loaded them up, I easily made fifty grand that night.. so yea.. I love Valet parking...

wait... what??   you did a race...   ok let me read past the first couple of sentences......

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hey nice job... it's really cool when you just go out and run, not thinking about time,,

great job..

Ps..  lets keep my little grand theft story on the down low.. ok



2009-02-06 12:54 PM
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Great race! Nice work
2009-02-06 1:52 PM
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Awesome job!!! You placed so high despite a rumbly tummy - that is great!
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