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Noho XC 5K 7/19/05 - Run

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90F / 32C
Total Time = 36m 37s
Overall Rank = 84/84
Age Group =
Age Group Rank = 0/
Pre-race routine:

Routine disrupted by work, forgot to have coffee or snack at 4 pm, ate 2 ounces of almonds in the car on the way to the race, which I later regretted. Racing at 6:30 PM makes nutrition a bit tricky.
Event warmup:

Warmed up more than in other races, including jogging through some lovely mid-summer gardens near the race venue.
  • 36m 37s
  • 3.1 miles
  • 11m 49s  min/mile

The weather was horrid. Extremely humid, with thunderstorm warnings active. I was prepared to macho it out and run in the rain, but instead I got the dense pre-rain haze. I actually wondered if I was having a problem with asthma at one point because it was so thick to breath.

I got a cramp around mile 1.75 that I had a lot of trouble shaking. I think the 11 minute mile pace I had been doing wasn't sustainable. This makes me really sad. I thought I'd be better by now, but instead this was the worst time of the three races I've done here.
Post race

Last updated: 2005-07-19 12:00 AM
00:36:37 | 03.1 miles | 11m 49s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/84
Splits were 11 min, 12 min & 13 minutes. I started out slow and got slower!
Course: A really nice cross country course in a well-run, fun race.
Keeping cool Bad Drinking Just right
Post race
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Physical exertion [1-5]
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Course challenge
Events on-time?
Lots of volunteers?
Plenty of drinks?
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2005-07-19 7:33 PM

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Western Massachusetts
Subject: Noho XC 5K 7/19/05

2005-07-19 8:54 PM
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South Florida
Subject: RE: Noho XC 5K 7/19/05
Well, you know, if every one was a good one, more people would do them!  At least you did it..I can relate to the breathing problems in the hot humid weather - it's like trying to run in a sauna. 
2005-07-19 9:29 PM
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Wilmington, NC
Subject: RE: Noho XC 5K 7/19/05
You ran the race, a lot of people didn't even do that.

Sometimes we need a bad race to make the good races feel even better! Good job for getting out there.

2005-07-19 10:04 PM
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Bay Area, CA
Subject: RE: Noho XC 5K 7/19/05

Well, you were running in extreme humidity + the calf cramp - try again on a "perfect" running day!

Good job finishing though, sounds like a fun race.

2005-07-19 10:25 PM
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Subject: RE: Noho XC 5K 7/19/05
Well done Gwendal!  Don't get upset about "being able to run faster" etc.  You raced at high heat and humidity.  That's tough!  You did a great job!!
2005-07-20 12:52 AM
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Subject: RE: Noho XC 5K 7/19/05
Good job finishing the race.  We won't always see improvements every time, sounds like conditions were tough


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