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New York Colon Cancer Challenge - Run4 Mile

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New York, New York
United States
41F / 5C
Total Time = 31m
Overall Rank = 370/2446
Age Group = 35-39
Age Group Rank = 55/169
Pre-race routine:

Woke-up at 7:30, played with Q and ate breakfast (peanut butter and banana sandwich, coffee and water). Dressed and left the apt by 9am. Went to our new apt (currently under construction) to leave all my stuff since it's so close to Central Park/the race. As usual, thought about my dad a lot. I still can't believe he died 4 yrs ago (next month) from colon cancer. Horrible disease that after seeing what my father went through, I don't want to see anyone go through anything similar. He's one of the main reasons I changed my lifestyle.
Event warmup:

Got ready at the new Apt and stretched a little. Jogged to the race site and stretched a little more. Tried to gauge if I could do the time trial or not.. I couldn't tell.. Not enough experience to figure it out..
  • 31m
  • 4 miles
  • 07m 45s  min/mile

I'm still not used to the congestion in the beginning of the race. People seeded them selves aggressively high and caused a traffic jam in the beginning. I weaved in and out of people and tried to make-up for time, already felt a little winded from that. HR felt like it was working pretty good after the first big hill. Saw the first mile split and it looked like I was on track for my 30min goal, though I was already feeling a little tired. HR settled a little during mile 2 since there isn't as many hills (turned out to be my fastest mile). Mile 3 was difficult. The 2nd hill on the west side kicked my butt and made the other hills that much more difficult, there were times I felt like I was gasping for air. Miles 3 and 4 I ran with this girl who ran effortlessly.. She look like she was prancing like a deer.. I tried to keep-up with her for the last 2 miles and tried to pass her at the end but she was just a better runner and had much more in the tank during the last 400m. Even though I didn't reach my 30min goal I though it was still an ok run since I improved from last yr (last yr avg 8:36/mile).. Felt great to race again and I miss the feeling of race day.
What would you do differently?:

run outside more, work on hills and speed work. I don't do any of them nearly enough.
Post race
Warm down:

Thanked some of the volunteers, saw the wife and kid near the finish line. Drank some water and walked with them to the new apt changed and went to Landmark for brunch.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Speed and endurance.

Event comments:

The race was organized but not organized. If they didn't have problems with the registration system and get back to participants within a few days of the problem I would have rated them much higher. I emailed, called and left messages for 3 wks prior and no one got back to me. Went to check-in the sat before the race and they said I didn't even register. I showed them my confirmation and all the emails I sent them and they finally agreed to let me race. On race day the event was organized and the volunteers did a good job.

Last updated: 2010-03-12 12:00 AM
00:31:00 | 04 miles | 07m 45s  min/mile
Age Group: 55/169
Overall: 370/2446
Performance: Average
HR monitor didn't work again! I just changed the battery last week.
Course: Central Park, partial loop. Constant rolling hills.
Keeping cool Drinking
Post race
Weight change: %
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? Ok
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities:
Race evaluation [1-5] 3

2010-03-29 9:35 AM

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2010-03-29 11:01 AM
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Wherever the trail takes me, WA.
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Very nicely done, and huge props on the improvement from last year!  AWESOME!!!
2010-03-29 11:20 AM
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that's really nice of you to let the good looking girl prancing like a dear beat you.   AWESOME JOB MAN!!!  congrats!
2010-03-29 1:21 PM
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Nice Race!! Great time!!
2010-03-29 1:53 PM
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Great race, congrats on the improvement from last year! 
2010-03-29 3:37 PM
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San Diego, CA
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Great job ... glad you were able to sort out the registration issues so you could race. Awesome improvement over last year.

2010-03-30 7:00 AM
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Charlottesville, Virginia
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Great job, awesome improvement.
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