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Cherry Creek Sneak 5 mile Run - Run

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Denver, CO
United States
46F / 8C
Total Time = 45m 15s
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Age Group =
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Pre-race routine:

Russell and I got to the race, parked, and got out of the car and it was freezing! We sat there debating about what clothes to leave on and what to take off. People were wearing a range of clothes from tights, gloves, and hats to tank tops and shorts. I opted for shorts, a short sleeved shirt and my arm warmers. It was perfect.
Event warmup:

We ran around the residential streets outside of the course for a little while (not enough for me - Russell said "I don't want to warm up too much because I'll be tired! -- just wait - this is just foreshadowing!). Waited in the huge lines at the porta-potties. Lined up for the start. This is the largest 5 mile race in the country, so there were thousands of people there. Very cool.
  • 45m 15s
  • 5 miles
  • 09m 03s  min/mile

Looking back (and laughing), my goal was to run under a 10:00/mile pace. Uh, I guess I did a little better than that. At mile 1 when I looked at my watch and saw that we were doing a 9:00/mile pace, I was surprised, but I figured I wouldn't be able to keep it up, but somehow I did. Even though a 9:00 pace is SLOW for most people's standards, it's awesome for me. I surprised myself and was so happy with my time.

At about mile 3, Russell says to me (after being worried about warming up too much), "Gee, I guess I'm doing pretty well, I'm not even breathing hard!" What a little turd. He runs on the treadmill at the gym for 30 minutes 3 times a week, so from a training standpoint, he doesn't do much. So at mile 4 he says that he feels good and is going to take off and try to catch this dude that started with us. Yeah, my husband, who was worried about not being able to keep up with me (yeah, like that's a problem) leaves me in the dust in the last mile. Whatever - I was fine with it, but just irritated at how easy he makes it look when I bust my tail training all the time. :) What's ironic is that a few hours after the race, I was just a little tired, but he was HURTIN'! I guess that's the difference with training - easier recovery. I was laughing (internally, of course) as he was popping the ibuprofen.
What would you do differently?:

Warm up a little more.
Post race
Warm down:

Walked around the booths at the finish, picked up a few freebies, drank some Daz Bog coffee to warm up!

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Not much. I ran faster than I ever have over that distance in my adult life. I'm pretty happy!

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Last updated: 2005-04-21 12:00 AM
00:45:15 | 05 miles | 09m 03s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Performance: Good
Course: Paved roads around the Cherry Creek shopping and residential areas.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Too much
Post race
Weight change: %
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
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] 4

2005-04-25 10:08 AM

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Denver, CO
Subject: Cherry Creek Sneak 5 mile Run

2005-04-25 10:18 AM
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Official BT Coach
Englewood, CO
Subject: RE: Cherry Creek Sneak 5 mile Run
Way to go Stacie! Sounds like a great race. Way to PR. You will only get faster! Glad you liked your time! Some day I want to do that race. 10,000 people they said!
2005-04-25 10:25 AM
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Longview, TX
Subject: RE: Cherry Creek Sneak 5 mile Run
Great race Stacie!! I know what you mean about people who don't train, but can still kick your butt...stupid people and their natural talent! It's not fair! Oh well, just means that we just have to work harder which makes it that much more rewarding when we achieve our goals. Oh, and a 9 min. pace is NOT slow! Way to go!
2005-04-25 11:02 AM
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Westminster, Colorado
Subject: RE: Cherry Creek Sneak 5 mile Run
Hey Stacie - Great run. I too ran in the race. I finished in just over an hour. My goal was the 1 hour mark, and I ended up at 1 hour 2 min. It was a fun day. Great race report.
2005-04-25 1:53 PM
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Broomfield, Colorado
Subject: RE: Cherry Creek Sneak 5 mile Run
Woo hoo Stacie!  It amazes me how a race situation just makes people faster!  You did great!
2005-04-25 3:24 PM
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Helena, MT
Subject: RE: Cherry Creek Sneak 5 mile Run

Huh. Was Gina just bitching about people with natural talent?

Wow, Stacie! Awesome time! 9 min miles is smokin' fast in my book!!!!

2005-04-25 6:56 PM
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Littleton, CO
Subject: RE: Cherry Creek Sneak 5 mile Run
Great job cutting your pace so much!!   Sounds like you had a fun weekend.
2005-05-04 11:31 PM
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Mechanicsburg, PA
Subject: RE: Cherry Creek Sneak 5 mile Run
Nine minute miles are definitely cruising in my book. Not sure how I missed this race report, but job well done Stacie! Dang, your 5 MILE time is practically better than my 5 K time

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