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Hollis, New Hampshire
United States
Hollis Brookline Rotary Club
75F / 24C
Total Time = 21m 49s
Overall Rank = 165/1095
Age Group = M50-54
Age Group Rank = 14/54
Event warmup:

Ran 2 miles, first very easy then strides during the second. Felt very well warmed up for this race. I thought back to last year's races and how my Achilles played into all my races, and felt very happy that I'm healthy this year so far. Even though I upped the miles this winter, my running has been almost all as easy pace and I definitely think that was/is a major reason.
  • 21m 49s
  • 3.11 miles
  • 07m 01s  min/mile

Started out on the left and ran the first 1/4 or so on the side of the road and lawns/sidewalks to avoid much of the scramble. First part was very fast to get out of the crowd. Tried to settle into an aggressive pace and see if I could hold it. Really focused on breathing steady and keeping the pace steady and hard. First mile felt easy. The pace was starting to become harder to hold at 1.5, but I was pushing hard enough to keep it about the same. In fact, the second half of mile 2 was the second fastest half mile. At mile 3, I was really struggling to stay at the same pace. The course flattened and I slowed a bit around 2.3. With 1/2 mile to go, I was really dying but at the 1/4 pole I picked it up and finished strong.
What would you do differently?:

Interesting - post race data shows my run cadence was slowing the entire race. It peaked at 94 at 1/2 mile, then steadily dropped 1 to 2 per 1/2 mile while finishing at 87. Not sure what it means, but it's interesting.

I guess I just need to keep running and working on the endurance so I can maintain this pace longer, or a faster pace for this length run.
Post race
Warm down:

Started to walk back to the parking, but it felt better to run so I did a mile easy to cool down.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

I think I just need to keep running. Time and consistency have worked so far to keep me steadily improving, even at 50. It's fun to be PR'ing at this age - the beauty of a late start to running.

More short term, I've been a little more bike focused this past month since the half marathon, so maybe I could have run a slightly faster race a month ago, who knows.

Event comments:

This is a well organized race. Logistics are tough as you park and get bussed to the start, and it's a point to point race, but they do great job.

Last updated: 2012-01-05 12:00 AM
00:21:49 | 03.11 miles | 07m 01s  min/mile
Age Group: 14/54
Overall: 0/1095
Performance: Good
1/2 mile paces: 6:38 (158), 6:56 (168), 6:54 (173), 6:52 (1:77), 7:04 (180), 7:19 (182), 6:48 (185) last .14
Course: Flat and net downhill. Roads closed and a great course. There are markers every quarter mile for the last mile, so that is a nice touch I haven't seen elsewhere to keep you going.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? Yes
Course challenge
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

2012-06-15 6:46 AM

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Subject: Hollis Fast 5k

2012-06-15 7:28 AM
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Subject: RE: Hollis Fast 5k
7.01 is kickbutt...GREAT job!
2012-06-15 7:53 AM
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Good grief, Warren, what a great speedy race for the old man that you are! Setting a PR at 50 is amazing. I'm really happy for you. Congratulations!
2012-06-15 7:42 PM
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Huntertown, IN
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Nice run!  Congratulations!
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