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Ras na hEireann 5k - Run5k

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Somerville, Massachusetts
United States
65F / 18C
Total Time = 18m 19s
Overall Rank = 33/4367
Age Group = M 30-39
Age Group Rank = 9/619
Pre-race routine:

Race wasn't until 11:00, so I didn't get up until 7:30, and had a regular breakfast, then left the house a bit before 9:30.
Event warmup:

Got in a little over 2 1/2 miles with some strides at goal race pace.
  • 18m 19s
  • 3.11 miles
  • 05m 53s  min/mile

I wasn't happy with my finishing time, but I was shooting for a PR and probably went out a bit too hard. I was stretching for around a 17:45, and was around that pace for the first mile (5:42), but I faded, rather than coming on strong for the second two miles (5:53, 6:03) for a pretty bad positive split. I did have a good finishing kick to pass a few people over the last 1/4 mile, though.

I guess you don't know if you can run a certain time unless you try, and I can write this down as a fail. However, I'm four weeks out from the Boston Marathon and doing 60-70 mile marathon training weeks, so very little speed stuff. I missed a PR by 5 seconds, and was 13 seconds faster on the same course as I was back in December, so something positive there.

The weather was also a bit warmer than usual for this time of year - 65 degrees in mid March is definitely warm for the Boston area. I'm just hoping it's no warmer than this in a month for the big race!
What would you do differently?:

Go Faster! I guess pacing was an issue. Going out closer to 5:48 would have probably been better. Just a few seconds can make a big difference.
Post race
Warm down:

Walked a bit, grabbed a water, then jogged 1/2 mile back to my car.

Event comments:

Still not the time I wanted. Maybe in the fall I can find a flatter 5k course to break into the 17's.

Last updated: 2012-01-17 12:00 AM
00:18:19 | 03.11 miles | 05m 53s  min/mile
Age Group: 9/619
Overall: 33/4367
Performance: Average
Avg HR: 183 Max HR: 190
Course: Essentially a long rectangle with four right hand turns. Around 150 ft of elevation, so definitely not a flat course, with a nasty little hill 1/2 a mile before the finish.
Keeping cool Good Drinking
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? Ok
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks?
Post race activities:
Race evaluation [1-5] 3

2012-03-18 7:58 PM

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Bedford, MA
Subject: Ras na hEireann 5k

2012-03-18 8:24 PM
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University Park, MD
Subject: RE: Ras na hEireann 5k
I seem to recall from when I lived in Somerville that it wasn't the flattest place in the world. So there's gotta be a serious PR waiting for you once you've unloaded a bit of the marathon mileage and found a flatter course.
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