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Grand Rapids, Michigan
United States
Fifth Third River Bank Run
55F / 13C
Total Time = 2h 06m 57s
Overall Rank = 1327/4573
Age Group = 35-39
Age Group Rank = 196/412
Pre-race routine:

Could not sleep all night. Got about 3 1/2 hrs total. Had Cream of Wheat at home and a PowerBar in the car. Drank water on the way to the race.
Event warmup:

Walked 1/2 mile from my car and jogged/light stretch for 15min.
  • 2h 06m 57s
  • 15.53 miles
  • 08m 10s  min/mile

I intended to go out slow and run negative splits the whole way. My goal was 2:10 (8:23 mile). But when I got out there I just ran comfortably. It was my first race over 10k, so I did not realize that I would fade at 14 miles. But I did beat my goal pace by 12 sec and overall time by over 3 min, so I am happy.
What would you do differently?:

Go out a little slower to save some legs for the final 1/3 of the race.
Post race
Warm down:

Saw my family at the Finish. Got my medal (yeah!). Got some grub and walked to the car with my wife and kids.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Nothing. I performed better than I had hoped. Next year I will shoot for sub 2hrs.

Event comments:

can't beieve I have never done this before age 38, but I will be back.

Last updated: 2009-02-17 12:00 AM
02:06:57 | 15.53 miles | 08m 10s  min/mile
Age Group: 196/412
Overall: 1327/4573
Performance: Good
8:22, 7:57, 8:23, 8:07, 7:47, 7:57, 8:03, 7:54, 7:57, 8:07, 8:05, 8:08, 8:11, 8:07, 8:35, 8:21
Course: Changed the course in the last week, so apparently it was more hilly than in years past, but it was my first and it seemed fair. Challenging but not demoralizing.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 5
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

2009-05-11 5:32 AM

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