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SkirtChaser 5k Series Event - Run5k

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Tempe, Arizona
United States
70F / 21C
Total Time = 18m 57s
Overall Rank = 15/954
Age Group = M40-44
Age Group Rank = 2/43
Pre-race routine:

So Jamie and I signed up to do this race together as some pre-Valentines Day fun! Jamie hasn't bee able to run very much since December when her IT flared up. Maybe she's put in 10 miles since then, if that. My run fitness has been very good as I have been preping for the RAGNAR relay. We decided we would try and win the Couples Award which is given to the first couple to cross the line together holding hands. :)
Event warmup:

We ran for 5 min along the rec path.
  • 18m 57s
  • 3.11 miles
  • 06m 05s  min/mile

So the start was on the south side of the Mill Ave. bridge. The 566 female participants started first with a 3:00 head start over the men. I lined up in the front, second row. Once we started, we began catching BOP female runners while still on the bridge. The course become VERY crowded and I had to dodge, swerve, run off course a lot over the first mile until the female crowd thinned out enough but it was fun. The course wasn't easy with 140 feet of climbing. I had figured I would catch Jamie somewhere around 2.25 miles. As I ran down Curry to the turn, I saw Jamie coming the other way climbing the hill and she looked GREAT...and still kind of far ahead of me! I was concerned she might have to wait for me at the line!

I was running really well, not 100% but 90-95% for sure. I was passing a lot of men who had gone out way too fast. That was fun and I'm glad I know my pacing so well. I wore a watch for time, but no GPS or HR, I just went at the pace that felt right. As I cam back by the beach park, I finally could see Jamie up ahead. I caught her just as we turned back onto the Mill Ave. bridge at mile 2.6 (I measured the mileage later). She was hurting from the effort but her ITB was good. We ran together across the bridge and I kept encouraging her and pointing out how close we were to the finish. Just as we neared the 3 mile mark, we heard the announcer acknowledge the first couple to finish. We were about :30 or so back. We rounded the corner into Tempe Beach Park holding hands and crossed the line in 21:57 Chaser Time, Jamie's actual split. It was great and a huge PR for Jamie. She finished 2nd in her AG and 13th woman overall and I also finished 13 overall male and 2nd in my AG! Even if I had kept on racing at mile 2.6, I never would have caught first, he went low 17's and I was on track for about 17:40. It was worth it to be able to finish with my Valentine. :)
Post race
Warm down:

They had a huge beer garden set up and a band playing, so we used all 4 of our free beer tickets and hung around with friends. :)

Last updated: 2010-02-08 12:00 AM
00:18:57 | 03.11 miles | 06m 05s  min/mile
Age Group: 2/43
Overall: 15/954
Performance: Good
Course: The course was an out and back, across Mill Ave. bridge, down by the north shore beach park, a climb up to Curry and then down Curry to the turnaround.
Keeping cool Good Drinking
Post race
Weight change: %
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] 5

2010-02-14 2:17 PM

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Fountain Hills, AZ
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2010-02-14 3:15 PM
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Goodyear, AZ
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Nice job Dunn family!!!!

2010-02-15 11:08 AM
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Flagstaff and Phoenix, AZ
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Great job, both of you!
2010-02-18 12:46 PM
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yall dunn did it...
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