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Grand Rapids, MI
United States
52F / 11C
Total Time = 2h 03m 9s
Overall Rank = 1019/4222
Age Group = 35-39
Age Group Rank = 142/341
Pre-race routine:

Woke up at 4AM, quick shower, dressed, checked - and it was so ambiguous I grabbed three shirts - singlet, t-shirt, long sleeve. 5AM started drive to Grand Rapids, 151 miles away. Stopped at McDonalds for breakfast, tried to drive while eating - no-go, so stopped in a rest stop. Also drank a diet pepsi and 1.5L of gatorade...

Arrived, parked, did race check-in, all went smoothly. The check-in was really well run...lots of volunteers, well organized, etc. Chose the singlet.

Met up with Wingfan5 (Matt) and his running group pre-race. Took a couple pictures, hope he'll post 'em. He did the 5k, logged a PR for himself, make sure you stop by his blog and give him props...
Event warmup:

Warmup consisted of standing under a parking structure for about 15 min. It was raining - and HARD (and 52 degrees). I was freezing my ass off.

After a few, I determined that I was too smart to keep doing that, so I went and stood outside by the 8min mile grouping in the start area. Freezing my ass off. AND standing in water. For 15 min. Whatta dork. Wishing I hadn't chosen the singlet.

The only people dumber than I was the band on the flatbed that kept playing almost up until start time. It's pouring and they're still rocking out on this truck, electric guitars connected to amplifiers. They were pretty good - musically, but my guess is that they're nearer the edge of the herd overall...
  • 2h 03m 13s
  • 15.6 miles
  • 07m 54s  min/mile

Went out EXACTLY like I wanted...just under 8's. Met a guy name DAVE, who was probably 53 or so, and he pulled me along for the first 10...he was an incredibly nice guy, has run a number of Marathons - he is running Cleveland Rite-Aid next week - and run Boston twice. Very compelling guy, we talked for the first 10...while banging out 7:50's.

At mile 7 the rain stopped. Although the damage had been done. The feet were SOAKED. But the rain was cool, and kept the air cool, so cooling was not any kind of issue. Glad I chose the singlet.

After Mile 10, Dave cruised and ended up beating me by about a minute. So I met another guy named Francis, one of the more amazing guys I'll ever meet. He's 67, was still cranking out 8's (or maybe 8:15's, but I didn't care - this guy was cool and had STORIES), is running his 90th marathon next week (this 25K was just a LSD run for him!), and all his marathon times have been between 3:05 and 3:30! So I pulled Francis pulled for 2-3 miles, then he slowed at an aid station and I kept going - I wanted OUT of the wet socks.

Last 2-3 were quick miles...maybe 7:20's. Legs were heavy and sore but still workable...So the last mile was under 7:00.

Finish was excellent - helpful staff, great food - pepsi, banana, yogurt, cereal bars, oranges, water, everything. The music was deafening but welcome.
What would you do differently?:

Post race
Warm down:

Walked the chutes, caught up to Dave and Francis - couldn't find Wingfan5 - grabbed a couple cereal bars, a pepsi, 2 waters, and a bagel, and jumped in the car. Warmdown time was 4 min before I was in the car!

I know, I know, but I had a soccer game to get to! You should have seen me pry myself out of the car after the 2 1/2 hour drive back, no stretching...glad I didn't cramp...

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Actually train for that distance...THAT effort over THAT distance is gonna make tonight and tomorrow a living hammies feel exploded!

Event comments:

Awesome race for beginner / intermediate...gentle, rolling hills, excellent organization, not too crowded, zillions of volunteers, and a beautiful course to run...

Too bad I couldn't have stayed for the post-race party, think it would have been pretty good!

Last updated: 2004-12-01 12:00 AM
02:03:13 | 15.6 miles | 07m 54s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/341
Overall: 0/4222
Performance: Good
Course: Start in Grand Rapids downtown, that thriving metropolis, and follow the grand river on an out and back. The first 7.8 are downhill at a consistent, slight grade, the second 7.8 are uphill...but with rolling hills. Very scenic. The volunteers were phenomenal, gatorade and water and gel at all rest stations. Every HS cheerleader in the state was out there too. :)
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
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?
Post race activities:
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

2005-05-14 2:46 PM

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Rochester Hills, Michigan
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Subject: 5th / 3rd Riverbank Run

2005-05-14 3:01 PM
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, Alabama
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Rick, a sub-7 LAST mile with WET SHOES AND SOCKS?!?  You totally ROCK!!  Incredible race time!


2005-05-14 4:04 PM
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great race, rick!  glad to see that your back wasn't bothering you and that you met such cool people.
2005-05-14 4:52 PM
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Broomfield, Colorado
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Great race Rick!  You kicked butt!    NICE.  And freakin fast! 

Funny stories....gotta love wet shoes and socks...

2005-05-14 5:07 PM
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Great race! Sounds like you ran a smart race. And He** of a push at the end. you are the man.
2005-05-14 5:37 PM
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Marietta, Ga
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Un-freakin' real.  You amaze me.  I had no idea you were so damn fast.  No wonder they call you sizzle.

2005-05-14 6:33 PM
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Austin, Texas
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Nice nice run. Rain kinda sucked though, didn't it? At least it stopped for your race...we were in the rain the entire time over on the 5K side of things. One 13-year-old girl totally soaked me when the splashed through a puddle and I wasn't paying attention. Any part of me that was dry by then was now completely and thoroughly soaked.

Can't believe I missed you afterwards. I was up on the courthouse steps just to the right of the finish line watching for folks from our group. We figure we had about 60 people total, and that probably doesn't even include you, though you are now immortalized in our picture. I should have some photos later tonight.

Be sure ya come back now, OK? We'll continue to supply the cheerleaders.
2005-05-15 8:09 AM
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Adrian, MI
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Awesome race, great RR, Rick

Your detailed/ storylined RR is just what I expected... I can sooo see you striking up SEVERAL conversations with fellow runners.  Without doubt I'm sure your new friends enjoyed YOUR company just as much as you did theirs.

I'm happy that you went out "exactly" as you wanted!   As you have the tendency RICKHOOOOOOOOOOLIO to go out *hard*...  HUM... if you had the time to chit chat AND slam out a SUB 7 minute closing mile... lol.  Maybe the engine is just BEGINNING to be tapped?!

Perish the thought!

2005-05-15 9:51 AM
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2005-05-15 4:40 PM
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Plant City, FL
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Awesome race/training run...    I thought I heard a sonic boom, must have been you rockin' that race?!

2005-05-15 8:23 PM
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Whitsett, North Carolina
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You know...its always the old guys that make the best company and give the best advice.  They wouldn't be in the sport if they were stupid.  Wise move to hang with them.   I particularly enjoyed the "last few miles were quick miles" comment.  You can certainly hang man.  Then you headed back for soccer!  LOL!  Hope you got an eyeful of those cheerleaders. 

Hell of a race bro.  Congrats.

2005-05-15 8:48 PM
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Fairport, NY
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Sub 7 on the last mile? Nice! You're a speed demon. We're gonna have to talk you into coming back to Rochester for the marathon this year. 
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