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Shamrock Shuffle - Run8k

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chicago, Illinois
United States
63F / 17C
Total Time = 44m 19s
Overall Rank = 7783/32420
Age Group = M35-39
Age Group Rank = 870/2293
Pre-race routine:

Arrived to find out where i needed to be.
Event warmup:

Wasn't certain how my calf was going to hold up. So just did an easy run with some minor strides to test it out. Felt pretty good.
  • 44m 19s
  • 4.97 miles
  • 08m 55s  min/mile

Overall the beginning was a cluster f**k. Just trying to get into the corral was crazy.

Anyway, the gun went off and I took off. My main focus was to just keep at a good pace as long as my calf held up.

Made it through the first mile at a 7:45 pace, and felt great. Made it to the second mile marker at 15:30, which was right were I wanted to be. And then it happened. Turned the corner to start heading West and my calf started to tighten up. With every stride it got tighter.

I didn't know if it was actually pulling (which it did a few weeks ago) or trying to cramp up from the pull. Either way, I knew that if I continued, it was going to get worse. So I pulled up and slowed down. WAY down. Over the last 3 miles, my pace went from sub 8's to over 10's.

I knew this was the potential going into the race so I wasn't too bummed. So I'm just going to have to keep working on getting my calf healthy again.
What would you do differently?:

Not get injured before the race.
Post race
Warm down:

Found Beth (she missed me finishing) and just started to walk back to the car.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Bad calf.

Event comments:

Getting too big. Too many people. For me, I'm not certain I'm going to do it again next year.

Last updated: 2011-01-05 12:00 AM
00:44:19 | 04.97 miles | 08m 55s  min/mile
Age Group: 870/2293
Overall: 7783/32420
Performance: Average
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 2
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Organized? No
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 2

2011-04-17 7:23 AM

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