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Richmond, Virginia
United States
Metropolitan Richmond Sports Backers
55F / 13C
Total Time = 39m 5s
Overall Rank = 220/33241
Age Group = M40-44
Age Group Rank = 13/1300
Pre-race routine:

I wanted this to be an 'A' race, as a culmination of my winter run training. No such luck. Since picking up injuries in tune-up races in late Feb/early Mar I've done hardly any run training for the past month. And now that's starting to show. Work hectic means that I've also not done a lot of sleeping lately. So this one was only ever going to be a race for the experience of taking part in a huge event. I didn't expect it to be such hard work, though.
Event warmup:

Some jogging around to loosen up the sore achilles, while cheering on Zoe, who was one of 2000 youngsters in the kids' race. She ran 7:38 for her 1 mile, and was pretty happy with that.
  • 39m 5s
  • 6.21 miles
  • 06m 17s  min/mile

I planned to start steady. I probably didn't start steady enough. 5:48 for first mile felt easy. Perhaps this was going to be a better day than I expected. The lack of recent run training already showed in the second mile, though, which is not a good omen. 6:01 for mile 2, and then 6:15 for mile 3. By 5k in 18:50 I was feeling a little worse for wear. Continuing to slow through miles 4, 5, and 6 (6:20, 6:27, 6:42). The last part was suddenly much slower as around a third of a mile from the finish my left calf started to try to cramp up. Not again! I've been having a similar problem with my right calf in races, and now the same happens with the other leg.
What would you do differently?:

Start slower. Perhaps. This wasn't an issue of aerobic fitness, but lack of recent experience of pounding the streets. Plus fatigue from the past couple of weeks' sleeplessness. Too bad I wasn't in shape.
Post race
Event comments:

Huge community event. Just huge. There were so many waves of runners that I was finished before most people had started. Great organization -- and there were even sufficiently many porta-potties before the start. Great support along the route, and more bands than I've ever seen on a race route. Post-race food was a bit of a disappointment. But in all other respects it was a fantastic event.

Last updated: 2011-11-27 12:00 AM
00:39:05 | 06.21 miles | 06m 17s  min/mile
Age Group: 13/1300
Overall: 1300/33241
Course: Out and back on historic Monument Avenue. Very little elevation, but gradual ramps all the way. About 2 miles of cobbles were a bit hard on the legs.
Keeping cool Drinking
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Below average
Mental exertion [1-5] 2
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
Good race? No
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 5

2012-03-31 4:29 PM

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University Park, MD
Subject: Ukrop's Monument Avenue 10k

2012-03-31 8:26 PM
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West Chester, Ohio
Subject: RE: Ukrop's Monument Avenue 10k

Smoking fast race!! I love the way Richmond supports this event.


You were done before my wave went out (QB started at 9:05 which was about when you finished!)

2012-03-31 9:04 PM
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University Park, MD
Subject: RE: Ukrop's Monument Avenue 10k
QueenZipp - 2012-03-31 9:26 PM

I love the way Richmond supports this event.

Absolutely. It's damn impressive that this is the result of a municipal fitness program. Big kudos to the City of Richmond for so creatively taking on the task of getting the city in shape.

And I agree that the spread-out start added an unusual dimension to the race. I was wondering around the finish area in a bit of a daze, and the park was mostly filled with people who were slowly getting around to thinking about heading to the start. Some of them weren't due to start until an hour after runners were streaming into the finish. 

2012-04-02 11:06 AM
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Science Nerd
Redwood City, California
Subject: RE: Ukrop's Monument Avenue 10k
Congratulations!!  I always love watching the kids run.  It's one of my favorite parts of Monument Ave 10k. 
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