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Aflac Iron Girl - Run10k

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Del Mar, California
United States
62F / 17C
Total Time = 53m 27s
Overall Rank = 164/872
Age Group = 45-49
Age Group Rank = 9/64
Pre-race routine:

Woke up pretty easily. Had my 2 cups of black tea and toast with PB. Visited the Luna Chix tent and said hi to a couple of friends. Stashed my bag behind their booth. (Thanks!)
Event warmup:

Jogged about 1/4 to 1/2 mile and stretched some. Postioned myself in the top 1/4 of 10K runners. They had the 10K and 5K peeps separated. I waited until near last minutes before getting in the "corral." Felt a bit like a herd coming out of the gates.
  • 53m 27s
  • 6.21 miles
  • 08m 37s  min/mile

The energy of the group starting out helped to sweep me up and out of the start area. I looked at Garmin and realized I was running at under 8 minutes per mile and knew I couldn't sustain that for 6.2 miles. I also knew many of the women around me couldn't maintain that pace either, so as soon as we got stretched out along a straight, I settled into my own pace. I pretty much ran my own race. I had done a 40 mile bike ride the day before so my legs weren't fresh at all. As we came through on our second loop I saw there was a "real" bathroom right at the fair exit and for a short time considered stopping in there, but I knew it would mess with my time. My time was more important than emptying my bladder! :) Last 1/2 mile was on the track and it wasn't as bumpy as last year. The only thing that was frustrating were the 5K walkers that we had to weave in and out of on the last 2 miles. I followed another 10K runner as she helped to "part the seas" so we could get through. I did run through several groups and said excuse me. I applaud anyone who's out there, walker, runner, whatever, so I didn't want to be rude to them. I DID want to get a PR though and planned to run whether anyone was in the way or not!
What would you do differently?:

If I could have rested my legs and/or tapered but wasn't in the plan for that week. This was a "training run." I wonder how much faster I'd be, or if I would be faster, tapering into it.
Post race
Warm down:

Saw husband. Drank a couple of water bottles. Saw my time and was pretty estastic. I took 10 or 11 minutes off my last year's 10K time. Niiice.

Event comments:

Iron Girl does a great job. They seem to start a bit late, but all goes smoothly and they have great swag and volunteer support. I liked the individual post race breakfast bags, too!

Last updated: 2009-04-27 12:00 AM
00:53:27 | 06.21 miles | 08m 37s  min/mile
Age Group: 9/64
Overall: 164/872
Performance: Good
Course: Two loops and last 1/2 mile on the Del Mar track.
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? No
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

2009-06-15 4:19 PM

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