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cortland, New York
United States
Cortland YMCA
40F / 4C
Total Time = 1h 44m 47s
Overall Rank = 41/187
Age Group = 40-49
Age Group Rank = 9/24
Pre-race routine:

Woke up at 5am and got a 6.5 mile run in, felt good. Ate some breakfast and downed a chocolate milk, put the Compex on the quads and drove to Cortland with my legs shaking away. Got to the race early, switched the pads over to my hamstrings and recovered for another 20 min. Legs felt great! I set up the BCTC banner, picked up my race packet and stretched. Hung out with Corey, Ilona and Kevin from the Cortland club and chatted with our club members. Kevin gave the Compex a try to warm-up before the race and was pretty impressed. I put some Aquaphor on my thighs where my shorts have been chafing me and handed some out to participants.
Event warmup:

Ran for about a mile or so to "loosen" the plumbing up. It worked. :-) I lined up with Kelley with the intent of running at out MCM pace.
  • 1h 44m 47s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 08m  min/mile

I was feeling great running at Kelley's pace. Kevin and Corey took off pretty early running around an 8:00 pace. For the first mile we were behind Ilona (who was "focused" and not chatting too much) then we just held that 8:25 pace for the next few miles. It felt great, MCM is going to be fun. I mentioned that by the end of the run she'll be saying "SHUT UP BOB!!". The course was great with writing all over the roads pointing out things like pretty horses, cows, country smell. At about 5 miles or so I had to pee bad and started to look for an opportunity but nothing presented itself until a sign said porta potty ahead. Kevin and Corey passed by us and I told Kelley at the turn I am going to use the potty and try to catch them before the finish. I came out of the porta-potty and got into a "comfortably hard" pace. The first hill was torture and I felt like I was going to burn out pretty fast with what little threshold training I have done. When I crested the hill I felt my HR come down a bit and my legs felt much better. I was still able to chat with people as I ran by them and I kept hearing comments like "Were you in the bathroom at the start?" These people didn't even know about my "problem". :-) I still walked through the water stations and took a couple small glasses of Gatorade. I was carrying a water bottle so my hydration was pretty good. I caught up to Kevin and chatted for a minute, he said Corey was a ways up and looked good. I couldn't run any faster but felt I could hold the pace I was holding so I moved on. The last 2 miles were into a strong headwind, that sucked but I was just glad I wasn't on a bike. (I can't believe I actually thought that!) Finished at the same pace, a few minutes behind Corey.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing at all. This was a great race and a nice end to a "long run day".
Post race
Warm down:

Not much of a cool down. My Aquaphor tank top chafed the heck out of my upper arms. Good thing I have a supply! I loaded up on Aquaphor, got some fruit and peanut butter, put the Compex pads on for the ride home and had to leave to taxi my kids around.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Training or lack there of.

Event comments:

This is a great fall race! The course is beautiful with the foliage in it's peak. This year was about a week late for prime foliage but the weather was perfect.

Last updated: 2010-09-05 12:00 AM
01:44:47 | 13.1 miles | 08m  min/mile
Age Group: 9/24
Overall: 41/187
Performance: Good
Forgot my HRM at home after my first run. Lap times were: 8:26, 8:26, 8:23, 8:25, 8:34, 8:42 (hills), 7:42 (porta-potty), 7:07, 7:37, 7:15, 7:14, 7:35, 7:13.
Course: Out and back with a couple hills each way.
Keeping cool Good 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: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

2010-10-23 6:49 AM

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Binghamton, NY
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2010-10-23 11:15 AM
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Williamston, Michigan
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Awesome Job Bob esp after the 6.5 mile warm up!! 

2010-10-25 7:20 AM
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Sunny Binghamton
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Great work Bob
2010-10-30 11:53 AM
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Melon Presser
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Peeper and a thong! I love it

Awesome long run for you and I am thinking about you this weekend!!!!!!!!!!
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