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South Suburban Highline Canal Run - Run10k

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Littleton, Colorado
United States
South Suburban Parks and Recreation
50F / 10C
Total Time = 42m 58s
Overall Rank = 4/207
Age Group = M30-39
Age Group Rank = 1/30
Pre-race routine:

Worked the night before and got about 5 hours of sleep. Up at 6 am and had a Clif bar and banana. Drove to the race and registered.
Event warmup:

1/2 mile warmup and easy stretching.
  • 42m 58s
  • 6.21 miles
  • 06m 55s  min/mile

Started out in the front row as no one else seemed to move up. There were two fast looking 20 somethings and sure enough, they battled the whole race and I only saw them at turnarounds. Moved up to fourth place at around the 1 mile mark and made the mistake of letting 3rd place go. Maintained a fairly steady pace and tried not to look at the Garmin too much. At Mile 3, there was a good hill and I used it to drop 5th place but I definitely felt it afterwards and took a bit to recover. Pace dropped here to 7:00/mile. At the final turnaround, I timed third place at 27 seconds ahead of me with about 1.5 miles to go. I really wanted to get this guy and picked up the pace as best I could and kept inching closer. At 5.8 miles I suddenly felt like I might puke so I backed off a bit. He beat me by 7 seconds in the end and seemed impressed by the ground I had made up. I was more impressed that he was 48 years old.

Nearly bagged the race because of moderate training and lack of sleep but really needed a motivator so I did it anyway. Don't have a really good indicator of my current level of fitness so I think I ran a little conservative.
What would you do differently?:

Should have stayed with 3rd place from the onset.
Post race
Warm down:

Got a little water and jogged about 1/2 mile to the car. Then drove out of the main parking lot to avoid getting trapped by the 5k start and stopped in another lot to stretch for a bit.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Inconsistent training over the past month. Was in great fitness back in January for my half marathon and ran a pretty good 5k a month ago but training has been down since then. And when training goes down, confidence goes down. But I kept telling myself not to sell myself short and that I was still in relatively good shape...

Event comments:

Only water on the course, which is probably ok but sports drink would have been nice. Plenty of water stations. Can't really rate the post activities as I was there by myself and left quickly afterwards. But looked like lots of kid's stuff to keep the family entertained. However, I did have to hunt for the little jug of water afterwards and there was no food or sports drink.

Last updated: 2009-05-11 12:00 AM
00:42:58 | 06.21 miles | 06m 55s  min/mile
Age Group: 1/30
Overall: 4/207
Performance: Average
Mile 1 (6:53); Mile 2 (6:58); Mile 3 (6:51); Mile 4 (7:03); Mile 5 (7:01); Mile 6 (6:44)
Course: Mostly on the Highline Canal with three different out and back segments. Flat except for a decent hill at the halfway point.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? Ok
Course challenge Too easy
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities:
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

2009-05-11 4:15 PM

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Highlands Ranch, Colorado
Subject: South Suburban Highline Canal Run

2009-05-12 11:21 AM
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Official BT Coach
Englewood, CO
Subject: RE: South Suburban Highline Canal Run

Well Done!  Those old guys are fast huh!  Looks like you can only get faster from there.

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