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Denver, CO
United States
Multiple Sclerosis Society of CO
65F / 18C
Total Time = 27m 18s
Overall Rank = /
Age Group =
Age Group Rank = 0/
Pre-race routine:

Woke up at 6, ate half a clif bar and had some water (I never know what to do for early running races because I really don't like to run with anything in my stomach). Had a headache when I woke up which I wasn't too thrilled about, but didn't take anything for it. Drove down to the race early to get parking. Met up with the runners from my company team to take pictures behind our sponsor sign. Stood around chatting until the start.
Event warmup:

Stretched and that's about it. When the race started, we were all standing around talking and had to bust a move to get going - oops!!
  • 27m 18s
  • 3.2 miles
  • 08m 32s  min/mile

WOOHOO!!!!!! If the course hadn't been 0.1 long, I would have beat my long term goal of a 27 min 5k (so, technically I did run 5k in less than 27 min)!!!! My first 3 miles were all ~8:30 min/mile which is about the fastest I can run, so I was happy with my effort.

Started running with a bunch of people from work who are generally faster than me. Felt the 8:30 pace we started at was a bit too hard for me, but it eventually started to feel better and I managed to keep it up for most of the race. Tried to catch one of my project managers who was there, but he was flying - and he's probably in his 50s!!

The last 0.1 mile into the finish, my stomach freaked out on me and I kept thinking I was going to hurl. I really slowed it down at the end because I didn't really want to throw up in front of a bunch of coworkers. Kind of a bummer because I had the energy to kick it in!! Anyhow, don't know what was up with that - I normally don't have that issue at the end of races.

Anyhow, I'm seriously thrilled that I kept that pace for three miles - I didn't think I had it in me. Guess the track workouts are helping!!
What would you do differently?:

Not sure since this was the fastest I've ever run. But it would have been nice to be able to finish strong rather than jog into the finish...
Post race
Warm down:

After the run, met up right away with the rest of the Washington Group team and did the MS charity walk (another loop around City Park, walking). Was a nice way to cool down - everyone walked REALLY slow, and I got to pick up some Propel water and a power bar at one of the drink stations.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Nothing, really... Genetics?

Event comments:

People I was running with were annoyed that the course didn't have any mile markers - I had my Garmin so it didn't bug me, but would be nice. Otherwise not bad - this is the first year for this race (it's usually just the charity walk), so it wasn't too bad.

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Last updated: 2005-03-30 12:00 AM
00:27:18 | 03.2 miles | 08m 32s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Performance: Good
From my Garmin: Mile 1 - 8:31 Mile 2 - 8:29 Mile 3 - 8:33 Last 0.2 - 1:51
Course: Basically a loop around city park in Denver, with a couple side loops at the beginning to get it up to the full 3 miles. The course was 0.1 mi long according to my garmin and a couple of other people's GPSs.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 5
Physical exertion [1-5] 5
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? No
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

2005-05-07 7:08 PM

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Evergreen, Colorado
Subject: MS 5k Run for Hope

2005-05-07 7:58 PM
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Official BT Coach
Englewood, CO
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Subject: RE: MS 5k Run for Hope

Great race!  That is very fast.  I'm glad you didn't have to hurl in front of all of your coworkers.

You Rock!

2005-05-07 10:11 PM
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Broomfield, Colorado
Subject: RE: MS 5k Run for Hope

AWESOME Stacey!  SEE?  You did meet that goal!  What's the new goal? 


2005-05-07 11:07 PM
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Lafayette, CO
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2005-05-08 12:19 AM
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Lafayette, CO
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Congrats on a PR!! That must feel great! Sounds like did an awesome job. And way to go on not puking. I, too, felt the urge several times and definintely at the end. But I wasn't with my co-workers...I was more worried about throwing up on the wonderful volunteers. The propel water was awesome, wasn't it!! Anyway...way to go! Next time we will meet up for SURE. I am thinking of doing the Homerun 5K for the Rockies in about two weeks....interested?

2005-05-08 6:14 PM
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Denver, CO
Subject: RE: MS 5k Run for Hope

WOOO HOOOOOOOO! What an awsome race - and congratulations on meeting your goal! Incredible!

(I'm jealous because I'm so slow!!!)

2005-05-09 12:11 AM
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St. Johns
Subject: RE: MS 5k Run for Hope
COgirl - 2005-05-07 10:11 PM

AWESOME Stacey!  SEE?  You did meet that goal!  What's the new goal? 


Excellent question Stacey.  Can't sit there resting on your....laurels, now can you!!!  Terrific race.  Congrats!


2005-05-09 3:00 PM
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Littleton, CO
Subject: RE: MS 5k Run for Hope

Good race!  Glad you're smart enough to pick races when it's NOT SNOWING

8:15s for the new goal?

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