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Washington, Washington, D.C.
United States
Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run
65F / 18C
Sunny
Total Time = 1h 09m 25s
Overall Rank = 604/6881
Age Group = 25-29
Age Group Rank = 159/1471
Pre-race routine:

Bagel & coffee
Event warmup:

Got off the metro around 7:10 and walked down to our meeting spot. We had a group of about 15 that were running it so I met up with everyone around 7:15. I remembered that the port-o-potties that were 1/4 mile after the starting line are never busy, so I jogged over to warm up the legs and jogged back.
Run
  • 1h 09m 25s
  • 10 miles
  • 06m 56s  min/mile
Comments:

Super fast, flat course. I put in my time from last year so I started in the red wave but probably should have started in the yellow since I was passing a few within the first few miles. I pushed to the front of the wave so I wasn't zig zagging around everyone and got right into my groove. Pushed the first mile at 6:45 and spent the rest of the race trying to hold that pace. That was way out of my comfort zone but I figured if there's any time I could PR, it would be now.

When I passed the final water stop, the last guy in the row yelled "HEY! You need to catch the guy in the suit!" I thought to myself, "man why don't YOU come out here and catch that guy!?!?" At mile 9 I spotted him, picked up my turnover and pushed ahead of him. I must have heard "holy crap look at that guy, he's in a suit!" about 50x in the final mile. Sprinted the final 200m and almost puked when I crossed the finish line. My goal was 1:14, ended up with a 1:09. Extremely happy with the results.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing. Perfect conditions, pacing and drinking.
Post race
Warm down:

Stretching while waiting for the group to come in. This was my wife's first 10 miler (she ran the Army 10 miler, but didn't really train for it so she ran/walked it), and I was very proud that she ran the whole thing! She had a goal of 10 minute/mile and just about held it! I was very happy to hear she did so well and had a good time. Took the metro back to a friend's place to shower, then went to Liberty Tavern for the brunch buffet and beer. Best recovery meal ever.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

My training? I don't think I could have physically run faster.

Event comments:

I really enjoy this race, as long as I don't end up in line for the port-o-pottys and miss the start like I did last year =)




Last updated: 2010-04-06 12:00 AM
Running
01:09:25 | 10 miles | 06m 56s  min/mile
Age Group: 159/1471
Overall: 604/6881
Performance: Good
Course: Fast, flat course, weather was absolutely perfect. In the 50's when we started so a tad bit chilly, but after about 3 minutes of running I didn't even notice it.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 5
Physical exertion [1-5] 5
Good race? Yes
Evaluation
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

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2010-04-12 7:07 AM

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2010-04-12 7:42 AM
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Great run!  Way to DEMOLISH your goal time!

Edited by pga_mike 2010-04-12 7:42 AM
2010-04-12 8:49 AM
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Thanks Mike, one thing I forgot to mention was I forgot my watch, so I was essentially running "blind."  I have to say, it was a bit liberating as I wasn't concerned about pace (though I was mentally trying to figure out where I was with the clocks), I really had no idea when the wave started compared to when the clock started so I just ran hard.
2010-04-12 7:00 PM
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Congrats- that's a tremendous time.. way to break the 7-min barrier. Funny about the suit guy.

And yeah, you should start in the yellow wave next year!
2010-04-13 7:32 AM
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Great job out there! Very nice improvement!
2010-04-13 7:53 AM
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Awesome run and congrats on the PR.  And Liberty Tavern's brunch is awesome.  I love the candy bar!


2010-04-14 7:39 AM
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Ya, I had to pass Suit Guy too! No way he was beating me!
2010-04-14 7:51 AM
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Great race man, awesome time!
2010-04-14 3:31 PM
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Good job catching the guy in the suit.
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