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Richmond, Virginia
United States
Richmond Road Runners
45F / 7C
Total Time = 1h 26m 30s
Overall Rank = 1280/1318
Age Group = F 30-34
Age Group Rank = 110/112
Pre-race routine:

Had a hard time waking up for this race. I hit the snooze button twice before finally getting up. Got dressed, made 2 frozen waffles, a shot of espresso, and headed out the door. Grabbed a warmer long-sleeve tshirt on my way out the door.
Event warmup:

Walked in to get my number and shirt. It was so cold! 38 F when I got there. Brr.... I decided to change into my warmer long sleeve and was very glad that I did. So, I ended up wearing a thermal long sleeve, shorts, wool Swiftwick socks, a headband, and a hat I knit that I leave in the car.

I had about an hour to kill before the race, so I hung out in my car for 30 minutes (no place inside to wait) and dozed off while listening to NPR. At 8:30, I got out, went to the porta potty line, and then walked to the start.
  • 1h 26m 30s
  • 6.21 miles
  • 13m 56s  min/mile

This was a really tough race and I wasn't much feeling it today. Some days you have runs where everything goes smoothly and you feel great. Some days you have runs where you struggle the whole time to get through. Today was much more of a struggle for me. What's important is that I finished and got in my training for Wednesday and Saturday at the same time. :)

This was a tough run, but it was a pretty course. Through the University of Richmond course and surrounding streets. I really enjoyed running through the course and the trail section. The leaves were on the ground and it was sunny. So, even though it was a struggle, I tried to enjoy it as much as I could.

Miles 1 and 2 were ok. I walked a chunk of the trail up and down because I didn't want to twist my ankle. Walked almost all of mile 3. I was really struggling there. I was amused by the family that was tailgating the race at the end of their driveway with a fire pit and cheering. They were fantastic. I actually felt a bit better when I got to mile 4 and headed back into the University. There was a huge hill going in to the out and back near the end of mile 4. Walked up most of it, but then ran most of the rest of the run (a little before mile 5). There was one giant uphill at the end of the course. There was a family cheering with cowbells. It was great! Almost like the people camping on the TdF hills. I ran part of the way up that, but couldn't keep up my momentum with all the cars on the road trying to leave the race. Got out-kicked a bit at the end by a girl I had just passed. So happy to see the finish!
What would you do differently?:

More hill workouts!!
Post race
Warm down:

Walked to food table, had an orange and glass of water. The orange was cold, so it was especially delicious. Then, walked back to car and chatted with a few other runners. Drove over to Starbucks where there were several runners getting coffee. We deserved it!!

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Hills, hills, and more hills!

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Last updated: 2012-11-09 12:00 AM
01:26:30 | 06.21 miles | 13m 56s  min/mile
Age Group: 110/112
Overall: 1280/1318
Performance: Average
Course: This was the absolute hilliest 10k course I've ever done. They had to re-route it at the last minute because of construction equipment blocking the course; this new route is apparently "less hilly." That makes me scared for the old one!! Taking to some of the other racers, they also agreed that this was the hilliest 10k they've done. Route: Tried to attach elevation profile as a picture.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Not enough
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
Good race? Ok
Course challenge Too hard
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks?
Post race activities:
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

2012-11-23 9:33 AM

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Science Nerd
Redwood City, California
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2012-11-23 10:24 AM
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Englewood, Florida
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Goo job on a rough yet pretty sounding course. Way to work your way through a tough one!
2012-11-23 12:42 PM
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Central Kansas
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That course profile is wicked hilly. Good job hanging in there.

I hope your drive today goes well. I know how those post-hilly races make the legs hurt.

2012-11-23 2:20 PM
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West Chester, Ohio
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Holy Hillfest!! Killer 10K course!  Good job pushing through on that!
2012-11-26 1:53 PM
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Wow, yeah, those are some crazy hills for a road race!  Thank heavens they re-routed it, even though the change was still hilly, geez! Nice work getting the job done.  Gotta love cowbells! "Guess what.  I got a fever and the only prescription is more cowbell."  NEED MORE COWBELL!!

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