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Cherry Blossom 10 Mile Run - Run


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washington, Washington, D.C.
United States
Sunny
Total Time = 1h 26m 26s
Overall Rank = 3537/10655
Age Group = M39
Age Group Rank = 1434/2879
Pre-race routine:

Up at 5:30 and had 1/2 a banana, a few bites of a Power Bar and a bottle of water. Took the subway downtown and caught a shuttle bus at Metro Center to the race start. There were a ton of buses and getting to and from the race site could not have been easier. A++ job on transportation for the race.
Event warmup:

At the race start I hit the porta johns before the lines got long. Sipped my water and took a light 1/4 mile run.
Run
  • 1h 26m 26s
  • 10 miles
  • 08m 38s  min/mile
Comments:

What a beautiful day! The weather was awesome and the cherry blossoms were in peak. A perfect day for the first race of the season!

The goal I had been working on this winter was to break 8 minute miles at this race. I spent most of March sick, however, and my training seriously suffered. I decided to start this race with an 8 minute mile pace and see what happened.

After the first couple of miles, I knew that breaking 80 minutes was not going to happen for me. I settled in to an 8:30 mile pace.

I stopped on mile 7 for a quick bathroom break, something I had never done before. I swore that I would never do this, but my bladder offered me no choice. It cost me a couple of minutes.

Miles 8 & 9 hurt. I had never run at this pace this long before and my time started to slip. Mile 10 hurt too, but I knew that I was almost there and picked up the pace. During those 3 miles I cursed myself and questioned whether I should be racing this distance. 10 seconds after crossing the finish, I was ready to sign up for another race.

Mile 1 - 8:20 - 155 avg
Mile 2 - 8:15 - 169 avg
Mile 3 - 8:17 - 177 avg
Mile 4 - 8:23 - 175 avg
Mile 5 - 8:23 - 175 avg
Mile 6 - 8:29 - 179 avg
Mile 7 - 10:36 - 173 avg <- Bathroom stop
Mile 8 - 8:39 - 177 avg
Mile 9 - 8:48 - 177 avg
Mile 10 - 8:16 - 177 avg

Post race
Warm down:

Light stretching. Ate two mystery muffins, two bottles of water, 1/2 banana, and a cup of gatorade. Walked around, talked to friends, checked out the cherry blossoms.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Lost a lot of fitness over the past five weeks due to illness.

Event comments:

Very well run race. A ton of volunteers, great transportation options to the event, plenty of water on the course.




Last updated: 2006-04-02 12:00 AM
Running
01:26:26 | 10 miles | 08m 38s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/2879
Overall: 0/10655
Performance: Good
Mile 1 - 8:20 - 155 avg Mile 2 - 8:15 - 169 avg Mile 3 - 8:17 - 177 avg Mile 4 - 8:23 - 175 avg Mile 5 - 8:23 - 175 avg Mile 6 - 8:29 - 179 avg Mile 7 - 10:36 - 173 avg <- Bathroom stop Mile 8 - 8:39 - 177 avg Mile 9 - 8:48 - 177 avg Mile 10 - 8:16 - 177 avg
Course:
Keeping cool Drinking
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall:
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? Yes
Evaluation
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Below average
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

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2006-04-03 9:15 AM

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Subject: Cherry Blossom 10 Mile Run


2006-04-04 4:05 PM
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Subject: RE: Cherry Blossom 10 Mile Run

Great race report Bill ... thanks for letting me know you posted it.  You did a fantastic job considering you were sick for most of March.  That's tough to come back from.

Enjoyed the comment about the "mystery muffins."  I can sympathise with you on the bladder threshold - you gotta do what ya gotta do sometimes.

Hope to see you at one of the races - I'll need to check your planned races to see if we match up at all.

2006-04-04 5:55 PM
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Subject: RE: Cherry Blossom 10 Mile Run
Way to come back from being sick - very nice!  (totally with you on the WC frustrations, I lost a good 6 minutes at one race waiting in line...)
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