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Oktoberfest 5k/100 yard Dash - Run5k

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Highlands Ranch, Colorado
United States
Highlands Ranch Run Series
75F / 24C
Total Time = 20m 24s
Overall Rank = 7/220
Age Group = M30-39
Age Group Rank = 4/40
Pre-race routine:

12:30 pm start so this was a little different. Normal breakfast and then a banana at 10:30 am. Picked up Tom and arrived at the race around 11:30 to set up for shoe collections.
Event warmup:

10 minute warm up run, had a Gu, and then stretched and ran some pickups.
  • 20m 24s
  • 3.11 miles
  • 06m 34s  min/mile

Lined up near the front as there only appeared to be a handful of fast runners. Downhill for the first 1/2 mile and hit mile 1 @ 6:21 but felt pretty good. Mile 2 was more up and down and my pace slowed a bit. Took a little water at the aid station mainly because my mouth was dry and it was getting hot. Ran with Tom through mile 2 and a few times I thought he was going to run away from me. Mile 2 started the long gravel uphill and the beginning was pretty steep. The gravel was pretty loose in long stretches and it was like running through sand. I decided to slow a bit here and conserve until I reached the top. Took a peek over my shoulder at the top and saw the #1 woman coming up. Picked it up on the downhill and fortunately she faded on the last tough uphill going into the finish. Finished strong and steady but was definitely tired and my quads were getting a little twingy.
What would you do differently?:

Not much. First road race in about ten months and first 5k/run fast since June. Pretty happy with the result on this tough course. Pretty much did this to prep for (hopefully) my tri next weekend.
Post race
Warm down:

20 minute cooldown.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Running volume, speed work.

Event comments:

HRCA does a great job with their races; I just wish the courses were flatter as PRs are pretty much impossible.
CB Potts on site with their Oktoberfest brew. Awesome!

Last updated: 2010-09-17 12:00 AM
00:20:24 | 03.11 miles | 06m 34s  min/mile
Age Group: 4/40
Overall: 7/220
Performance: Good
6:21 (mile 1); 6:46 (mile 2); 6:37 (mile 3)
Course: Pretty much a loop with a small lollipop in the middle and rolling throughout. Long gravel uphill at mile 2 with loose stone.
Keeping cool Average Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
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: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

2010-09-19 3:39 PM

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Highlands Ranch, Colorado
Subject: Oktoberfest 5k/100 yard Dash

2010-09-20 9:22 AM
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Parker, CO
Subject: RE: Oktoberfest 5k/100 yard Dash
Nice job Todd!  dang...7th overall and 4th in AG!  fast guys in your AG.  I agree...not going to find a flat course in HR but sounds like a fun run.
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