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McAllen, Texas
United States
City of McAllen
Total Time = 1h 00m 26s
Overall Rank = 186/236
Age Group = men 35-39
Age Group Rank = 13/13
Pre-race routine:

Clif bar, banana, gatorade.
Event warmup:

Light jog around parking lot before taking the shuttle bus to the starting line
  • 1h 00m 25s
  • 6.21 miles
  • 09m 44s  min/mile

After feeling really crappy yesterday, and being really worried about this race, I woke up this morning feeling better and decided to just lay it all out on the course and try to do my best. My goal was to average better than 11 minute miles.

I forgot my stopwatch, and my HR monitor has no lap button, so I don't know my mile splits. However, at the 5k point, they were calling out splits...when the guy yelled "30:11" at me, I couldn't believe it. I was on pace to run better than 10 minute miles. However, I had gone out a little fast (for me) and was pretty sure I couldn't keep my pace up.

There was a humourous turn of events for the last 3 miles or so of this race. A young girl (I later found out she was TEN) was just ahead of me, and she kept running short sprints, and then stopping to walk. Well, every time she would stop to walk, I would catch up to her...and the minute I did, she took off again...little turkey. All I could do was laugh. I was sure this little girl was trying to break my spirit! She did this all the way until the finish...and yes, she beat me!

As I passed the 8k mark and looked at my HRM, I noticed that I actually had a change at a negative I started pushing fact, as hard as I could. I started to get side stitches, and my breathing was getting labored. I misstepped once and almost fell as I stumbled slightly on the shoulder of the road, but I kept my balance. At about 9.5k, I finally could see the finish area and I ran as hard as I could....I came in at 1:00:25. No negative split, but my second 5k was almost identical to my first.

For my first "stand alone" 10k, I was very pleased. My goal was to break 11 minute miles, and instead, I broke 10 minute miles. Brett's training is really paying off. I did end up DFL in my age group (by 10 seconds...grrrr) but right now I am only racing against myself, so I'm still happy with the performance.
What would you do differently?:

Not much...maybe grab that little girl's ponytail so she couldn't sprint away from me! (Just kidding...she was doing a great job, even if she was intent on leaving me in an exhausted heap on the side of the road!).

If I had known I was only 10 seconds behind the 12th place guy in my AG, I would have sprinted until my guts fell out to avoid a DFL...but oh well.
Post race
Warm down:

Got finishers medal, some gatorade and a banana, and a cup of yogurt. Walked around a bit then changed into dry clothes. Looked for Sal (Vegas), a BTer from McAllen, but couldn't find him.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Extra weight....beginner status...being sick all week.

Event comments:

This race was well put-together. We don't have many events down here, but this one was first class. Even had nice finishers medals and plenty of food and drinks afterwards. I will definitely be back next year!

Last updated: 2005-11-20 12:00 AM
01:00:25 | 06.21 miles | 09m 44s  min/mile
Age Group: 13/13
Overall: 186/236
Performance: Good
Average HR 169
Course: Point to Point
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

2005-11-20 7:34 PM

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Hurst, Texas
Subject: International Friendship 10K Run

2005-11-20 8:10 PM
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Subject: RE: International Friendship 10K Run
I think you need to reassess your goals. 11min miles and you ran under 10. Imagine what you could do when feeling 100%!!??

Congratulations on a great run!
2005-11-20 8:46 PM
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2005-11-20 8:57 PM
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Subject: RE: International Friendship 10K Run
WOW! I'm trying to imagine running 9:45's. Somehow you make it seem possible. You are always an inspiration, Brandt -- THANKS! GREAT RACE!
2005-11-20 9:01 PM
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Hurst, Texas
Subject: RE: International Friendship 10K Run
JeepFleeb - 2005-11-20 7:46 PM

Great job Brandt!!!

Gunning for 11:00/mile and came in at 9:45/mile!!!  Better hurry, sign-up for Boston closes soon. Cool

Um, Boston will only be possible if they let me qualify on my bike or of I get a new super-sonic Speed Racer jet pack from Santa!  But thanks for the compliment!

2005-11-20 9:15 PM
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Gulf Shores, AL
Subject: RE: International Friendship 10K Run
Excellent results! Congrats.

2005-11-21 8:13 AM
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Queen BTich
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Great job! Congrats!

I see kids doing that all the time. Its so funny!

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