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Azalea Classic 5k - Run5k

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University Park, Maryland
United States
50F / 10C
Total Time = 19m 23s
Overall Rank = 6/300
Age Group = M40-49
Age Group Rank = 1/28
Pre-race routine:

Cheer the kids in the 1 mile and 1k runs.
  • 19m 23s
  • 3.11 miles
  • 06m 14s  min/mile

Truly puzzled by this one. In a good way. I have been struggling with knee injuries since November, and have barely done any running, and even biking has been lower volume and intensity than I'd want. My goal was merely to take things steady and to test out the knees, probably aiming to maintain a little under 7 min/mile, and running as gingerly as possible on the downhills. I hadn't the faintest expectation that I'd run 6:14/miles, easily beating my fastest time for our annual neighborhood race. And due to the steady start, it was the most even pacing I have ever managed for the race. The 6:17, 6:20 splits for the first 2 miles are probably not to be taken too seriously.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing. The steady pacing and shortened stride may have really helped me.
Post race
Warm down:

Dancing with the kids at the post-race party. While wondering whether I should take away from this that I can race more after all, or whether I'm doing long-term damage to my knees by running.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Doing barely any run training for the past 5 months.

Event comments:

It's not a flashy race, and certainly not an opportunity to run a personal best time - the hills can be quite draining. But it's a really fun neighborhood event, a fundraiser for the local elementary school. Much of the fun is associated with the kids' races, and the post race dance party on the school yard.

Last updated: 2011-04-09 12:00 AM
00:19:23 | 03.11 miles | 06m 14s  min/mile
Age Group: 1/28
Overall: 6/300
Performance: Good
Course: Rolling hills
Keeping cool Drinking
Post race
Weight change: %
Mental exertion [1-5]
Physical exertion [1-5]
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

2011-04-09 11:56 AM

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