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Tampa, Florida
United States
Tampa Races
33F / 1C
Sunny
Total Time = 00m
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Pre-race routine:

Got my bag and went back to the van to get out of the cold. Used the facilities, then back to the van. You get the picture, it was cold.
Event warmup:

Sat in van and decided on the two shirt option, a SS tech shirt under my LS gray tech shirt. The first of a few good decisions on the morning. Opted for gloves, calf compression sleeves, and the ear warmer. All were good ideas.
Run
  • 1h 44m 26s
  • 10 miles
  • 10m 26s  min/mile
Comments:

The race went fairly well. I started out in the middle, right where I hoped to be. First mile or so was on the park road, pavement, then we cut into the woods. Single track. I got in line with a group that was right on my pace, so it was good. A bit of this, then we popped out onto Jeep trail. Some people passed, I passed a couple, then back into single track. This continued throughout the race. About mile 7 my right hip and glute started whining. I also stubbed a toe about here as well, but I didn't go down. (Suck it up, buttercup!) Behind me were a few quicker runners, so I stepped out of the way where I could and let them pass. Mile 8 was an aid station, so I knew where I was and what I had in the tank. I started to push a bit more, but it wasn't there today. I kept pushing and finally came out onto pavement. I knew I had a little bit more to go, so I tried to pick it up and finish strong.
What would you do differently?:

Honey in place of the Gu. Actually, it doesn't matter, whatever I would have had would be a solid in those temps :)
My training does not include any single track. It is a bit different to run on, given the snakelike nature through the trees and the roots. I'd LOVE to get more training on this sort of stuff.
Post race
Warm down:

Stand around the finishers area with Ann. Drink Gatorade and listen to the trivia questions. Had half a bagel, then went to the van to change, dry off, and get coffee.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

I'm not fast. It isn't a limitation, it is a pre existing condition. I'll keep running and getting faster.

Event comments:

The vibe at trail races is always enjoyable. Laid back, mellow, call it what it is, just nice. People are always kind to one another, no one is uppity. This event had that in spades. The only oddity was the placement of the aid stations, but I was carrying, so it didn't matter to me.


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Last updated: 2012-11-09 12:00 AM
Running
01:44:26 | 10 miles | 10m 26s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Performance: Good
Course: The Flatwoods Ramble has a great course of mostly single track with some double track. The single track is great running - fairly smooth and scenic. The single track is littered with roots, they were nearly everywhere. The single track is also quite windy, snaking through the woods.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
Good race? Yes
Evaluation
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] 4

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2013-02-17 2:40 PM

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2013-02-17 2:58 PM
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Subject: RE: Flatwoods Ramble 10 Mile
Congratulations, sounds like you had a great race and a fun time ( outside of the stubbed toe)! I wish there were more trails around here to run on - so much nicer than sidewalks or the street.
2013-02-17 4:10 PM
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Glad to hear it went well bro.  Someday I too will run a 10 mile trail race.
2013-02-17 4:34 PM
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Excellent job, great pace, and solid decision making. I'm glad you had a good time despite the cold.
2013-02-17 4:38 PM
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Dub6, you're a stud!

I was thinking of you yesterday and I'm glad to hear you had a fun race!  You did great!  And yeah, 33 degrees IS cold for Flordia!  Way to go - a 10 mile trail run is no small feat - it's a HUGE accomplishment! STUD!!

('...i was carrying...' that made me laugh!)

2013-02-17 7:32 PM
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sounds good!  Ouch to stubbed toe in cold weather. 

Rocking those compression socks - you need some fluro ones....



2013-02-17 8:52 PM
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TriRx - 2013-02-17 2:38 PM

Dub6, you're a stud!

I was thinking of you yesterday and I'm glad to hear you had a fun race!  You did great!  And yeah, 33 degrees IS cold for Flordia!  Way to go - a 10 mile trail run is no small feat - it's a HUGE accomplishment! STUD!!

('...i was carrying...' that made me laugh!)

Made me  laugh too!  Great job Chris, congrats!

2013-02-18 7:02 AM
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Sounds like a great race, well done!
2013-02-18 8:32 AM
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Great job, Chris - and that sounds chilly for us georgia folks as well. 
2013-02-18 9:24 AM
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Sounds like a great race. Well-done!
2013-02-18 12:06 PM
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Solid race Chris. Yep, single track trail is an animal. Specitivity is very important in those kinds of races. Great job!


2013-02-18 12:08 PM
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33 in Florida?!?  Yikes!!!  and brrrrr!  Those sound like some fun trails for sure.  Way to keep the positive attitude despite the stubbed toe and complaining hip and glute.  I also liked the "...but I was carrying..." comment.  Congrats on a successful, injury-free (mostly) run which you finished strong.

Edited to add: I also love this line: "I'm not fast. It isn't a limitation, it is a pre existing condition. I'll keep running and getting faster."  A realistic view laced with plenty of optimism and it also sums up my running existance as well.



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2013-02-18 12:52 PM
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Nice work there Buttercup!  It was windy yesterday!  I'm impressed that you even had ear covers but definitely a good plan!

Are there a lot of trail runs in your area?

2013-02-18 4:43 PM
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Nice job Chris!  33 is COLD for Florida, it's all relative as that's fine where I'm at until I've lived in FL for a few years then get a spat of 30's....Ouch!  Way to stay in the game after the stubbed toe!
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