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DAV Memorial 5K Run - Run5k

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Carthage, North Carolina
United States
Off'n running
66F / 19C
Total Time = 38m 3s
Overall Rank = /167
Age Group =
Age Group Rank = 0/
Pre-race routine:

Got there way too early. Checked in, drank water, used the port-a-potty. Wandered around. Stretched. Talked to some people. Petted a dog.... Repeat all the above.
Event warmup:

Stretching, walking. Getting there too early was good because there was no check-in line, but I got there TOO early.
  • 38m 3s
  • 3.11 miles
  • 12m 14s  min/mile

Kept trading places with a couple who was involved in organizing the race, and a woman pushing a stroller. Spoke with both a bit. The couple made sure I knew about the post-race BBQ. :)

The course was pretty flat. Then, we turned a corner and surprise! There was a nice HILL ahead. The water/gatorade station was just at the bottom of it. The volunteers staffing it were great at handing you the cup. (And they joked about the hill's surprise location.) :)

Lessons learned: The cars along the road were coming close, so I opted to run on the grass/gravel/sand on the side of the road. Ended up with a pebble in my shoe. From a safety perspective, it was a good idea. But it was incredibly annoying to have that pebble lodged there.
What would you do differently?:

Push myself a little harder. I kept thinking back to the last weekend's 5K with all the hills. This race location wasn't too far from there, so I kept expecting hills. But the course was flat, and I could have pushed myself a little more.....

Then again, when I try to go faster, I start over striding and heel striking. So maybe it's better that I held back a little.

Overall, I was happy with how I did. :)
Post race
Warm down:

Drank some Vitamin Water. (Orange is good. Dragonfruit is not.) Cheered on walkers who were still coming in. One of the last to arrive was a DAV with a prosthetic leg. Talked to a few people. Discovered that frozen bananas are good! Didn't have any of the BBQ, though.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Me and my brain. :)

Event comments:

Fund-raiser for the DAV. They're trying to buy a new transport van.

All the volunteers were friendly and helpful. Very well organized and staffed, especially for a first race.

Unfortunately, they weren't able to close the road, so there were cars passing by. The volunteers and police were good about stopping traffic at intersections when runners needed to cross the road. But as you ran at the side of the road, the cars were pretty close to you.

After the race, they announced the winners, then had a raffle. I won a pair of socks! Yay! :)

Last updated: 2009-04-27 12:00 AM
00:38:03 | 03.11 miles | 12m 14s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/167
Performance: Good
Official results website shows my pace as 12:20 min/mi.
Course: Fairly flat loop. There was a surprise hill when you turned a corner though!
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

2009-05-02 11:12 AM

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Subject: DAV Memorial 5K Run

2009-05-03 1:18 AM
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On your right
Subject: RE: DAV Memorial 5K Run
You're right about frozen bananas being awesome.  I used to get them all the time from this little ice cream place near my grandma's house.  They would be dipped in chocolate and called "gorilla pops".  I might get some bananas this week and freeze some now.

Anyhow, great job on the run, and shoe pebbles are a definate PITA.
2009-05-03 8:48 AM
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Iron Donkey
, Wisconsin
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"Wandered around"?  Memory lapse or sumptin'?

2009-05-03 3:54 PM
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Quebec, Canada
Subject: RE: DAV Memorial 5K Run
Good job on the race, and on the new socks
2009-05-03 5:47 PM
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Liverpool, New York
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Subject: RE: DAV Memorial 5K Run
Great job Dee!!!!!

2009-05-03 5:49 PM
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West Chester, Ohio
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We have created a monster....a 5K racing machine kind of monster

Great job!

2009-05-04 12:53 AM
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Kauai, Hawaii
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Great job getting out there two weeks in a row! Yeah! Nice of you to stop and pet the dog.

2009-05-04 9:16 PM
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Wesley Chapel, FL (Tampa Bay Area)
Subject: RE: DAV Memorial 5K Run
I so loved the race report!! The vitamin drink flavor descriptions were funny! Maybe I'm just tired but I loved how you typed that dragonfruit was not! lol....Awesome job, two races in two weeks!! You are awesome!! Awesome very vivid report!! Rock on!! Happy training, looking forward to many more race reports!! And God's Speed!
2009-05-05 7:17 AM
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Simpsonville, SC
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Yay for racing and yay for socks! Gotta love a flat course (with one surprise hill)!
2009-05-05 6:36 PM
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Science Nerd
Redwood City, California
Subject: RE: DAV Memorial 5K Run
Great job, Dee!!  Frozen bananas are great...they are even better when they are covered in chocolate.
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