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Hot Chocolate 15K - Run15k

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Chicago, Illinois
United States
RAM Racing
39F / 4C
Total Time = 1h 34m 50s
Overall Rank = 3454/9067
Age Group = 35-39
Age Group Rank = 505/663
Pre-race routine:

Drove downtown, got gouged on parking @ Millenium Park- $25!!! I was there plenty early though and the mood was pretty electric. Definitely exciting, and a lot of people.
Event warmup:

It was cold and I was wearing shorts. Did the usual sets of hamstring stretches, twists, back stretch, etc. Some high knees and toe and heel raises. Never got warm, just loose.
  • 1h 34m 50s
  • 9.32 miles
  • 10m 11s  min/mile

Pretty good effort. When we started it was freezing out, and by mile 3 I was hot. I didn't want to ditch the new run jacket I got, so I took it off and tied it around my waist. I had on a North Face baselayer and my Wheaties Fuel tech tee, that was the perfect amount of layering. Had to stop a couple times to re-tie the jacket, total waste of time.
I also forgot my own gels, and they had Gatorade on the course. I loathe Gatorade, but it works. I was mixing it with water at the aid stations which slowed me down too. My fault though, I didn't pack appropriately and that's always half the race. I had some decent speed spurts at the 5K, 10K, and 9 mile marks. Unfortunately I completely ran out of gas at the mile mark and barely limped it in. Still had a decent race and felt terrific.
What would you do differently?:

Pack the night before, stop being so cavalier about planning, and remember that more than 1/2 of any race is getting to the starting line.
Post race
Warm down:

Chocolate- YUM! Ghirardelli is delicious!

What limited your ability to perform faster:

My poor lack of planning!

Event comments:

Great race. Still too many people and the aid stations were crowded. I'll definitely do this again, very fun race!

Last updated: 2011-10-25 12:00 AM
01:34:50 | 9.32 miles | 10m 11s  min/mile
Age Group: 505/663
Overall: 3454/9067
Performance: Good
5K- 31:21 10K- 1:02:10
Course: Fantastic course starting N on Columbus Drive, up through the Loop, out west to United Center, then back through West Loop, down Michigan Ave. Flat, fast, and super-scenic.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 5
Physical exertion [1-5] 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

2011-11-06 5:55 PM

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