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2010-05-09 1:10 PM
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Subject: RE: Fifth Third River Bank Run - 25K : Official Thread

Well this was my first Fifth Third River Bank Run.  It compares to my hometown Crim but a little larger I believe.  I decided a few months ago that I wanted to do tris and used this race as training day and get out and be a little competitve. I signed up for the 10K and had a goal of 54 mins.  My legs have been tight and I have been running through shin splints for the last month so I didnt want to go out to hard.  

Weather I thought was good for running not hot...not too rainy we only got sprinkled on for about 2 mins. around mile marker 2.

What was the bummer part was I crossed the start line and we came to a stop for almost 30 seconds, everyone around us started laughing and saying go figure...lol  Well official time I came in at 52:20.

The race was great and all the people volunteering were awesome.  Thanks to the lady that helped me out when I forgot my pins for my bib.

This race will be in my race group for years to come!

Thanks Grand Rapids and Fifth Third for putting on a great event!!!!

I hope everyone had fun.



2010-05-09 2:31 PM
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I was due for a long run this weekend so decided to sign up the day before.  I was somewhat hesistant bc I didn't feel mentally prepared to race.  I was quite pleased with the pace I kept and am so glad I ran it.  I found the chilly weather to be helpful as this is how most of my run training has been all winter.  Was a good confidence booster!  
2010-05-10 11:48 AM
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Paddlesurfer - Thanks for posting your results. It makes my update much shorter. I did about exactly what you did.

Started between 7:30 and sub 2 hour pacers. Did the first 7-8 at 7:35 pace and felt great. Then I started to slowly die. When I hit the hills, I knew I was in trouble. Ended up with a 2:11:27, over 4 minutes off last years time.

I wish I could blame the weather. But I don't think it effected me at all. Didn't really notice the wind, and I thought the temp. was great. I've got nothing but my training to blame this on. Oh well, still had a great time. I feel much worse post race than I did last year, more evidence that I under trained.

2010-05-11 11:54 AM
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Like you and Paddlesurfer, I tanked about halfway.  I was between the 8:00 and 2 hour group until halfway.  The 8's passed me and then the 8:30's passed me by the zoo.  I was completely out of gas.  2:09 last year, 2:15 this year.  I'm going to have to work on that training.

I'm doing the Tri-del-Sol, Millennium Park and Reeds Lake this year.  Look out for me and my crazy breast stroke on the swim.  (I'll be way in the back.)

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2010-05-11 11:58 AM
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Looks like we all had similar experiances. I'll be at Tri Del Sol pulling my 190 lb friend around the course in a chariot. Also doing Reed's on my own. See you there.
2010-05-11 4:33 PM
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Mixed emotions for me in my 10k.  I improved in by just over 2 minutes over last year but I "mentally" struggled the entire race.  It was a classic example for me at least of how important the mental aspect is becoming for me.  I probably had 1 too many layers on as I was soaked by mile 4.  Would have ditched 1 of the layers but it was all my good stuff so I didn't want to throw anything to the side    Trying to decide if I should even attempt the 25k - like most others I get excited to think of trying it, it's just the thought of training from Jan - May here in MI that kind of haunts me.  Overall it still is a great event for our city!  Hope to meet some of you at upcoming Tri's.  I'm signed up for Hawk Island, Tri del Sol, Millenium and Reeds Lake.

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2010-05-11 9:34 PM
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As I am learning in my nascent running life, you should only do a race if you want to, not because it is the next thing to do.  I love the 25k distance, but I think I love the 26.2 better.  I am not sure if I will do it again next year. I am planning to do a 70.3 in June of 2011, so maybe 25k for a training run, with no expectations.  It is a big commitment to train for a 15.5 mile race in MI in early May.  Lots of time running in the cold.  Just can't do over 8 miles inside without going crazy.

That said, it was a great race and a great event.  If you have a desire to do the 25k, just sign up and go for it, but only for you.
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