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St. Paddy's 8k - Run8k

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Chicago, Illinois
United States
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68F / 20C
Total Time = 10h 00m
Overall Rank = 27/594
Age Group =
Age Group Rank = 5/29
Pre-race routine:

Nothing special. This was a very late starting race so I got to do everything that needed to be done then pop over to the race. Ate a banana and 2 liters of water prior to the race.
Event warmup:

10 minute easy run through along the path with Striders on the way back.
  • 33m 32s
  • 4.97 miles
  • 06m 45s  min/mile

My PRE felt pretty labored during mile 2.5 through mile 4. I definitely fell off the pace of the first mile which I did in 6:23. It was a struggle to keep my pace around and under the 7 minute mark but I did it. The last mile I just made sure to push and get into the pain cave mentally so I'd know that this was supposed to be labored and supposed to be an effort. I'm pretty sure I ran the last mile in about 6:20
What would you do differently?:

Not too much. I had quite the festive weekend with all the St. Pat's festivities and I had a little too much fun. I'm also battling a cold or something that has never really taken hold but it's still bothering me a little bit.

Possibly a GU or energy gel would have gone a long way but I havn't been training with them so I didn't bring any.
Post race
Warm down:

I jogged over to my car to drop off my water and back to the event for the party & free Guinness.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Breathing was a bit labored from a bit of a cold and I did partake in some fun over the weekend with little sleep overall.

Event comments:

This race finally came through with post race activities which were pretty awesome. The race, as always, has a good course and is packed with crazy people trying to run only to find out that their costumed most times slow them down

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Last updated: 2012-03-07 12:00 AM
00:33:32 | 04.97 miles | 06m 45s  min/mile
Age Group: 5/29
Overall: 27/594
Performance: Good
My HR kept pretty constant and my graph was a straight line at 168bpm except for one blip in the graph approaching mile 4 where we had a step incline climbing out of the LSD underpass.
Course: Somewhat winding but mostly straight ono the lakefront path.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
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] 5

2012-03-18 5:39 PM

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Winter Park, Florida
Subject: St. Paddy's 8k

Edited by eddievolly 2012-03-18 5:44 PM

2012-03-19 9:43 AM
in reply to: #4101843

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Subject: RE: St. Paddy's 8k
FAST! nice time.
2012-03-19 2:08 PM
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Subject: RE: St. Paddy's 8k
Nice, fast race Eddie!  Improving from last year?  I stuck to the 5k this time.
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