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Westerville, Ohio
United States
Premier Sports
20F / -7C
Total Time = 24m 14s
Overall Rank = 61/393
Age Group = 30-34
Age Group Rank = 3/17
Pre-race routine:

Slept in from staying up to greet the new year. Amazingly, kids slept in, too.
Experimented with trying a low-fiber diet.
Ate one egg and a 1/2 cup of soy milk.
Left at 10:25 for an 11 a.m. race. Ah, 5Ks are so simple!
Event warmup:

Jogged about 1/2 mile.
  • 24m 14s
  • 3.11 miles
  • 07m 47s  min/mile

I really laid it all out there.
I was trying to keep up with the 8 min/mile pace balloon. At the beginning, it wasn't too hard. Then the pacer handed off the balloon and dropped out, which was a little tough mentally because she was a woman, and everyone else around me was male.
I knew I had to pass the pace balloon in order to break 24 minutes. I didn't pass it, and I didn't make my goal. But it was the coldest day I have run so far this year.
Dh (david tri's) and both kids were there cheering for me. They were the only spectators on the whole course!!!! They cheered for me in 3 spots. At spot number 3, dh was definitely not expecting me yet! That always makes me smile.
It was very interesting lining up with the "fast people" at the beginning, and seeing the leader not that long before I hit the turnaround, and then seeing hordes and hordes of people behind me. That doesn't usually happen to me! I am used to being solidly MOP.
I was very pleased at the finish when they told me I was #2 in my AG. The prize was a 12% off card at the running store. 12% off? Really? How about 50%? Or $5 off or something? Still, it was nice. Everyone got a really nice travel coffee mug in addition to the technical shirt.
What would you do differently?:

Don't take up weightlifting two weeks before a race.
Also, do some intervals in the month before the race. I had forgotten what that puking feeling felt like.
Post race
Warm down:

Walked back to the building where the bagels and hot chocolate were.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

This was a pretty big improvement for me, and a personal best. I wanted to break 24 minutes, but I'll get there.

Event comments:

Web site was a bit unclear on what the course actually was. I couldn't tell if crossing the main road was part of the race, or if we were supposed to line up on the other side of the street.

Last updated: 2009-12-26 12:00 AM
00:24:14 | 03.11 miles | 07m 47s  min/mile
Age Group: 2/17
Overall: 0/393
Performance: Good
Mile 1: 7:40 (downhill) Ave HR 170 Mile 2: 7:41 Ave HR 178 Mile 3: 7:59 (uphill) Ave HR 181 Last .12 mile: 54 seconds Ave HR 185
Course: On bike paths. Mostly cleared - one spot icy. No aid stations. Out and back. Downhill on the way out. Uphill on the way back.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 5
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? No
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

2010-01-01 12:44 PM

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Columbus, Ohio
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Subject: New Year's Day 5K

2010-01-01 2:27 PM
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Subject: RE: New Year's Day 5K
You did great out there! I couldn't believe how fast you were running. I only saw one other female in front of you.

You forgot to mention that it was 22* and windy out.
2010-01-01 3:03 PM
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My gosh, Alice, you were amazingly zippy! PRing on a cold day like today ain't too shabby, either!  Great job!
2010-01-02 4:04 PM
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Central Ohio
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Awesome race you go girl!
2010-01-02 4:43 PM
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nice job! god thing the weather conditions were perfect. (sarc)
2010-01-03 1:29 PM
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Columbus, Ohio
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Great job!!!

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