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Clear Lake, Iowa
United States
45F / 7C
Total Time = 37m 27s
Overall Rank = 2/82
Age Group = 20-29
Age Group Rank = 2/11
Pre-race routine:

Woke up a few hours before hand and scrounged around the house for some breakfast. Ended up with peanut butter on a bagel. No bananas :( Went and picked up the packet when the time came and debated on changing into a short sleeve shirt.
Event warmup:

Ran about a mile, continuing to contemplate the shirt change. I ended up sticking with the sleeves, but rolled them up not too long after the race start
  • 37m 27s
  • 6.21 miles
  • 06m 02s  min/mile

It was a good day for a race. Upper 40's with a lot of sun, can't get much better than that. It was neat to be running in my hometown. After just recently discovering this whole racing thing it was fun to come back and do an event in the town I grew up in. We lined up at city park for the start and had to listen to my old econ teacher/football and baseball coach give out the pre race instructions in that same droll voice that put me asleep so many times back in high school. It's a good thing I had some pre-race adrenaline flowing otherwise it could have been lights out again.

Soon enough we're off. There seemed to be a pretty large contingent of high school age tracksters here so I let the young-uns go out ahead of me. We loop city park and then head out on south shore drive. It's been a while since I've been on this road. When did they put a bike lane in?

I settle into my pace and start picking off those that started off too fast. There's still a pretty decent size pack ahead of me, put we started out the same time as the 5kers so I didn't want to push too hard to catch up in case they were just running the 5k. About a mile in a guy passes me. I let him go by, but decide to keep him within striking distance. We get to the marina and there's a truck pulling a boat blocking the entire street and sidewalk so I had to resort to a little creative off road action to get around.

At the 5k turn around almost the entirety of the pack turns around. Holy carp! I think I'm in third! We cut through State Park and on the other side I catch the guy who had passed me heading up a hill. I tell him good job and continue on. The first place guy is on his way back already, well ahead of us. No chance of catching him so the goal is to just stay in second.

I hit the turnaround and tell myself that it's time to start running. There's a little wind on the way back, but nothing too bad. I push through it and once I hit the 5k turnaround point I really kick it into gear. Only a mile and half left. Can't hold back now.

The last bit went pretty quick. At one point I could hear the guy behind me and realized he was either catching up or had stayed with me for the last few miles. That was enough motivation to kick it up a notch. I got within a couple of blocks of city park and decided it was time for the final sprint. I cruised through the finish line with a time that surprised the heck out of me.
What would you do differently?:

Not much. Good run for me.
Post race
Warm down:

I walked around a bit and hit up the post race cookies. I chatted with my sister a bit and few people that I had gone to high school with. Cheered on some later finishers after that

What limited your ability to perform faster:

I haven't done a lick of speedwork all year. I've just been putting in the mileage and making sure the hip is happy. I also did my long run (12 miles) two days before the race. I'm not sure if either of those things really had an impact.

Event comments:

The race was well run and on time and we even had bike escorts at the front of the pack! I was surprised at just the one aid station. I don't need any water during a 10k, but I know there a plenty of people that do, and plenty that need it multiple times. I know it was an Earth Day event so maybe they were cutting back on cups.

They also might want to remeasure the course. Not that I'm not happy with the time, but the garmin had it a 1/4 mile short. Almost don't want to count this as an official PR because I will never come close again.

I am still happy with the effort though. Coming back from the hip injury I have been very cautious and didn't have a real good idea where I was speed wise. I think I'm right back to where I was at the end of last season and that's an exciting prospect.

Last updated: 2010-04-11 12:00 AM
00:37:27 | 06.21 miles | 06m 02s  min/mile
Age Group: 2/11
Overall: 2/82
Performance: Good
Course: Out and back along south shore drive, through state park, and some more on south shore
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
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? No
Post race activities: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 3

2010-04-18 1:10 PM

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Ames, IA
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2010-04-19 5:43 AM
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Quebec, Canada
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Holy crap man you are getting fast.

A hell of an impressive time, awesome job Neal!
2010-04-19 12:03 PM
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South Suburb of Chicago, IL
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Congrats on the finish!
2010-04-19 3:52 PM
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Liverpool, New York
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2010-04-19 6:00 PM
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West Chester, Ohio
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2010-04-19 7:18 PM
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Nice job Neal!

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