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Cambridge, Massachusetts
United States
Total Time = 28m 44s
Overall Rank = 171/357
Age Group = F30-39
Age Group Rank = 21/60
Pre-race routine:

Made sure to beat the hell out of my liver AND skip dinner to prep myself for a super good race time.
Event warmup:

Donned my superhero outfit, helped Jonah get his then ran to the race start while pinning my costume belt to my race number since we had little time. Start delayed, so found my friends and oggled the sea of costumes.

It was hard to find people who didn't dress up, so I knew despite the headache, fatigue and stomach ache, it would still be fun. Especially since two friends who I met up with were running this as their first 5k on my suggestion, I was pretty psyched to be there no matter what.
  • 28m 44s
  • 3.11 miles
  • 09m 14s  min/mile

Man did I set myself up for a tough run!

At the start line, I decided: No expectations, This should be fun- no need to punish yourself any further, It's ok to take it slow and pace with your friends and give them support.

Then the gun went off. And I made some dust.

Knew my start pace was more aggressive than I necessarily needed, but it was SO much fun to chase people! I passed Wonder Woman, TWO of em! Then the Joker a couple Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and what I think was a Super Julia Child?... it was great - I giggled after each one, whether they passed me or I passed them. But of course it was so much more fun to catch up to them and check out their costume before ploughing on.

There was no chip start, so I thought I lost a lot of time getting to the start line, so I was VERY surprised to hear 9:10 as the first mile split! I was still in pain, but I both wanted to do well and wanted to get it over with and wanted to see everyone out there. Seemed like the logical explanation would be to just go for it, keep the pace.

Hit the turn around and wondered why I was the only one flying down the hill. Normally I take em slow, but my knees were fine. Weird. My knees were FINE. Maybe it's just because my head and my stomach were a mess, I didn't notice? No, they were, dare I say... GOOD?

The up hill back to Mass Ave comes up in a block so I felt like I still had some momentum. Saw the Hamburglar slowing down at the top of the hill as I approached and said, no way am I going to get my a$$ kicked by the Hamburglar!

So I charged Hamburglar Hill.

On the Hamburglar's tail and passed him just as we hit the 2 mile mark right after the hill. Time read was 18:30-something, I *think*, but I couldn't hear it.

Saw the Greatest American Hero and started singing to myself, Believe it or not I'm gonna pass you, I never thought I could feel so free-ee-ee! And I got him.

Starting to feel like I was losing steam. My legs were still turning over beautifully, but starting to feel the pressure build in my chest. Guessed I was at 2.5 mi when I saw those who still had a strong finish in them start to kick it in and sprint past me.

Saw one of my First 5k friend's fiancee and waved to her. Kicked it up a bit. Saw my other First 5k friend's fiance and waved to him outside the bar. Kicked it up a bit and turned the corner to what I thought would be a minute from the finish.

Nope. Longer than I thought and two more turns winding back to the mat. The winding back to the finish psyched me out a bit, I pushed too soon, and then -GASP!- it happened: I got taken by the Hamburglar!


Disappointed, I checked myself and realized that I was still keeping my strong steady pace and saw the clock ahead at 28 minutes and knew I was looking at a PB.

Channeled the power of Isis for the last few strides in.

What would you do differently?:

Skip the second and third mug and the scotch at Bukowski's. Eat the dinner Jonah made for me rather than passing out.

Take the costume out for a test run the day before (had some logistical issues that I was fixing on the fly during the race).

When my buddy and I go to check out the race course the week before, come with a map (oops! I forgot it on my desk) so I can see the course and not be psyched out by the winding length at the end.
Post race
Warm down:

Run to grab three waters for my buddies crossing the finish line after me. They all did so awesome! So much better than my first 5k, I think.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Hangover. Lack of sleep. Little else.

Event comments:

Really enjoyable race and so much fun that practically EVERYONE dressed up.

First race for this RD who used to work for BA Events. I think she did a really great job for the first year, but it was a small, manageable, and enthusiastic crowd. Next year will be on Halloween proper, so that will be a lot of fun!

Oh yeah...

Holy PB, Batman!

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Last updated: 2009-10-07 12:00 AM
00:28:44 | 03.11 miles | 09m 14s  min/mile
Age Group: 21/60
Overall: 60/357
Performance: Good
Forgot my Garmin. Forgot my tunes. Turns out I don't need either for a costumed-5k.
Course: Mostly flat course from Pacific park in Central Square, up Mass Ave and turn around at Bay street, back to Mass Ave up a little hill. Other than the small hill, flat flat flat.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
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

2009-11-06 7:22 AM

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Cambridge, MA
Subject: Superhero 5k

2009-11-06 12:36 PM
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Subject: RE: Superhero 5k
great report!  Sounds like a fun race.  You got Hamburglared!
2009-11-06 9:44 PM
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Medway, MA
Subject: RE: Superhero 5k
cool... 9:14/mi...!!! congrats!!
2009-11-07 10:51 AM
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West Chester, Ohio
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What a fun event!  Getting overtaken by Hamburglar would be hard for me too--but a good laugh! 

Nice job on the PR!!

2009-11-07 9:14 PM
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"it happened: I got taken by the Hamburglar!"

haha too priceless! Sounds like a fun race. Makes me want to race on halloween.

Great pics!
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