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Thanksgiving Day Race - Run10k

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Cincinnati, Ohio
United States
Thanksgiving Day Race
44F / 7C
Total Time = 44m 52s
Overall Rank = 702/14810
Age Group = M30-34
Age Group Rank = 80/776
Pre-race routine:

I got to the race about an hour early and it made a huge difference... no traffic problems and the port-a-johns were clean and stocked with TP. I met up with David and we caught up until about 15 min before the race. Perfect weather!
Event warmup:

I downed a caffeine gu about 15 min before the race. Yay for performance enhancing drugs!
  • 44m 52s
  • 6.21 miles
  • 07m 13s  min/mile

I've ran this race every year but one (2005) since 2003. My personal best was 44:53 in 2008 (after I did a marathon in Sept) and I just missed that in 2010 when i went 44:54 (after I did an IM in Sept). As I had done a marathon this Sept I decided it wasn't outside the realm of possibility to PR.

Two things working against me: 1.)My 2nd child was born 1 1/2 weeks ago and I've only been able to squeeze 1 run in since. (Now I didn't abandon my wife to the mercies of our children... my sister came up to help out while I was racing) and 2.)I had started to feel the onset of a cold.

But whatever right? You have to go for the PR when you have the training banked to do it. As I've ran this race so many times I decided to go with my typical strategy: start up ahead of the 7 min pace sign to get out in front of all the slower people, go with the flow for mile 1, crush mile 2 (pretty much all downhill), take it easy on the bridges, hang on through mile 5 and 6, and then sprint that last .2.

All pretty much went according to plan. I banked a bunch of time at Mile 2 (6:41) and felt good. I did walk for a few seconds at the water stop because I was thirsty and wanted to make sure I got some water in. I honestly thought I was gonna get a PR by 30 seconds when I hit 5 1/2, but when I hit mile marker 6 and my Garmin said 6.1 I knew it was gonna be close. I just turned that final corner and went for it. I'm sure that the pictures will show me in complete agony as I hit the finish line. I looked down at my Garmin after I crossed and knew it would be close. I waited about 15 minutes for my buddy to finish and with the help of his smart phone discovered I had PR'ed by 1 second (44:52). So that's a 44:52, a 44:53, and a 44:54. Yay consistency! I'm 4 years older, have two more kids, and weigh 10 more pounds than 2008 dtjunkie and I still beat that guy by 1 second!

What would you do differently?:

Nothing. Much better than I expected considering the lack of training this month.
Post race
Warm down:

Grabbed two water bottle, two packets of apples, and a bag of peanuts and was well on my way to gorging myself the rest of the day.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Not much. Maybe I should have ran the tangents better. Garmin said 6.33.

Event comments:

Love the Thanksgiving Day Race!

Last updated: 2012-11-22 12:00 AM
00:44:52 | 06.21 miles | 07m 13s  min/mile
Age Group: 80/776
Overall: 702/14810
Performance: Good
Mile 1 - 7:08 Mile 2 - 6:41 Mile 3 - 7:13 Mile 4 - 7:33 Mile 5 - 7:44 Mile 6 - 7:15 Pace for the .2 - 5:38
Course: Starting at Paul Brown Stadium the 1st mile or so takes you up through the streets of downtown Cincy before you turn back south and head toward the river. After the mostly downhill 2nd mile you cruise across the bridge into Newport and then cross the Licking River into Covington. About 4.5 you hit the bridge back to Cincy and then you're back off to Paul Brown Stadium.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 5
Physical exertion [1-5] 5
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

2012-11-22 8:14 PM

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Subject: Thanksgiving Day Race

2012-11-25 9:39 AM
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Latonia, Kentucky (near Cincinnati)
Subject: RE: Thanksgiving Day Race
Great Job!!!! What did your garmin say the overall distance was...just curious.
2012-11-26 10:00 AM
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