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Noho XC 5K 9/20/05 - Run

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Northampton, Massachusetts
United States
Sugarloaf Mountain Athletic Club
72F / 22C
Total Time = 33m 38s
Overall Rank = 64/68
Age Group =
Age Group Rank = 0/
Pre-race routine:

about 1.5 hrs before race I had half a banana, a spoonful of almond butter and a few pieces of dark chocolate. Sometime before that I had some ryeveta crackers with about 2 ounces of gouda cheese on the three crackers. This worked pretty well for fiber, fat, protein and carbs to keep me going for a race starting at 6 pm.
Event warmup:

Jogged around the garden a bit, went to the port-a-potty, stretched hamstrings and hips.
  • 33m 38s
  • 3.11 miles
  • 10m 49s  min/mile

I didn't carry my amphipod and I missed it - I had to stop for the water break and drank too much from the cup and ended up feeling sloshy for the next half mile or so. Other than that, I felt good on this race. I spent a mile chasing a woman who was running faster than me but kept stopping to walk. While I was doing that another guy came up behind me and breathed down my neck for half a mile or so until I dropped him (same time I caught her.) I worried the last 1/2 mile about whether they were saving it for the sprint, so I never let up. I found myself looking at my HR monitor and making myself speed up if it got below 184.

By the way, the place I caught that woman (and dropped my heavy breather) was on the killer hill at 2.25 miles. I knew I couldn't jog it so I walked it with big powerful strides with wide swinging arms. I could feel those high bench step-ups powering my glutes. I'm positive that my striding walk way beat my climbing jog for speed, not to mention heart rate conservation.
What would you do differently?:

Not do lower-body weightlifting the day before: my legs felt a bit wooden on the first hill. On the other hand, I didn't walk on the first hill and sometimes I have to.
Post race
What limited your ability to perform faster:

This was the fastest I've run this all season. I beat my PB on this course by over a minute!

Last updated: 2005-09-20 12:00 AM
00:33:38 | 03.11 miles | 10m 49s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/68
Mile 1: 10:30 HR avg 181 Mile 2: 10:43 HR avg 184 (stopped for water) Mile 3: 11:25 HR avg 185 (walked the giant hill) Sprint: 0:58 HR avg 190 (not enjoying myself) First half was 1 minute faster than second half
Course: Lovely 5K cross country course, well maintained
Keeping cool Good Drinking Too much
Post race
Weight change: %
Mental exertion [1-5]
Physical exertion [1-5]
Good race?
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? No
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

2005-09-20 7:49 PM

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Subject: Noho XC 5K 9/20/05

2005-09-21 7:36 AM
in reply to: #250582

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Subject: RE: Noho XC 5K 9/20/05

You did it!! Congrats on your new PB!

* Gwendal raced 5-k.  Passing people on the course.  Setting new record! * 

Edited by Celeb_ithil 2005-09-21 7:37 AM
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