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Reston, Virginia
United States
Potomac River Running
35F / 2C
Total Time = 1h 12m 41s
Overall Rank = 4W/126 W
Age Group = 30-34
Age Group Rank = 1/?
Pre-race routine:

peanut butter and jelly on a soy cake. espresso. also, i sipped on ~6oz water w/ 1/2 EFS scoop and 1/2 pre-race scoop from 30 min to race start.

got up at ~6:20is to leave the house at 7:30am. this was time for my guts to do their thing

i did NOT sleep well. i wasn't nervous, but kind of excited. in the future i think taking a tylenol PM early the evening before a race would be a good idea. i'm pretty sure i did this last year to sleep better.
Event warmup:

nothing. this was a training workout and was supposed to start with 15 minutes of easy pace. i figure this would be warm up enough
  • 1h 12m 41s
  • 10 miles
  • 07m 16s  min/mile

this was supposed to be 15 min easy pace, 15 min tempo pace, 5 min easy pace, 15 min tempo pace and easy pace to finish. i had done the soapstone segment in my easy run on friday, so i felt it would be a waste of energy to try to tempo pace up soapstone. instead, i easy paced the first 10 minutes and began my tempo pace as i turned onto glade. i kept that up until the hills started on soapstone (about 10 min total of tempo). i hit my lap timer at that point and eased up. i had just passed 2 woman running a decent pace at the end of my tempo pace. they repassed me again about 2 minutes into the easy pace segment. i kept the easy pace up for the entire length of soapstone and a little bit on sunrise valley (total about 15 minutes). i decided to get it going again for my second tempo interval at the light of wiehle and sunrise. i passed those same two girls within about 90 seconds and kept flying. this tempo pace i kept up for about 14 minutes. the next easy interval started right after the high school around mile 6.2 miles. after about 4-5 minutes, those two girls passed me again. they were still keeping a nice pace. at mile 6.7ish, it was really hard to not keep going with them, but i had kept telling myself to ease up. this is a training run. my plan was to keep it easy, keep them in sight and to kick it in again at mile 8. i had been able to pass them so quickly into my tempo intervals before and i was confident i could do it again. it was REALLY hard to restrain, but i did a decent job. just before 8 miles, there was a water stop, i blew past it to save time and hit the lap timer. it's on. this interval started on a slight uphill. i kept it easy to save energy for when it mattered, but was still gaining on them. we turned the corner to soapstone again, this time heading down hill. i kept closing the gap and caught them at mile ~8.5 on a pretty big downhill. i lined up side by side with the chick in the front and just sat there. i told myself there was no sense in kicking it up on a downhill. gravity was helping all of us and there wasn't going to be a good use of energy to try to pull away here. just before mile 9, i was running neck and neck with one of the girls and she asked me whether we had to go around a certain cone. it seemed like a pretty unimportant question, and i wonder now if she was trying to see what shape i was when i answered. bad news for her. i was fine. we made the left turn onto ridge heights and i decided to turn it on hard to try to drop them fast and keep them from chasing. it worked! within ~ 40 seconds, I couldn't even hear them anymore. i didn't want to turn and look, but i was pretty sure they weren't there anymore. last mile was 6:24 pace. awesome!
it was freaking ubelievable to have run a solid 6.2 miles, know i could let two great runners go for almost 2 more miles, and have the kick to catch them fast and pass them. unbelievable. it's also unbelievable that within the 2 weeks of this last vdot, that running sub 7s has suddenly became not only possible, but pretty easy. ubelievable. i am so stoked about where my running is. so freaking stoked.
i hope that i didn't damage myself too much for national next weekend, but even if i run 5-10 minutes slower as a result, it might have been worth it. this was such a confidence building run. to have run "easily" for ~ 30+minutes of the whole and to PR by 4 minutes!? really really happy.
What would you do differently?:

absolutely nothing. i can't help but wonder what i could have done if i "raced" the whole thing.
Post race
Event comments:

for a small race, this was extremely awesome. they had women sized shirts. i got the small i requested. race results were up withing a few hours!!! great awards! nice nice nice. i'll do this again if it fits in my schedule.

Last updated: 2011-03-20 12:00 AM
01:12:41 | 10 miles | 07m 16s  min/mile
Age Group: 1/?
Overall: 4/126 W
Performance: Good
Course: rolling with some decent hills. also some nice flats and downhills, though.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Mental exertion [1-5]
Physical exertion [1-5]
Good race?
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

2011-03-20 6:04 PM

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