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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
United States
70F / 21C
Overcast
Total Time = 22m 41s
Overall Rank = 119/1017
Age Group = M 40 - 44
Age Group Rank = 6/42
Pre-race routine:

Got to the site a half-hour before race time and did a litttle jogging and light stretching. Did my best to avoid eating a footlong bratwurst with kraut right before running (it wasn't easy-- they smelled good!)
Run
  • 22m 41s
  • 3.11 miles
  • 07m 11s  min/mile
Comments:

As usual, I should have seeded myself further to the front of the pack, but I just don't like acting like I'm "Joe Runner Guy". I still don't feel like a runner, and at 191 pounds, I don't look much like a runner. But as usual, my decision to start further back, caused me to get boxed in behind slower runners (even a lady pushing a walker-- not kidding!) and it definitely cost me some time. Although I planned on starting a little easy and pumping out negative splits, it turns out I ran a very consistent pace of around 7:14's every mile.
What would you do differently?:

Start further toward the front of the pack. Consider using a walker myself.

I am a little disappointed I ran this 5k slower than last week's (St. Dom's), which was a harder course on a hotter day. Maybe I can only peak for one or maybe it hurt that I got away from running longer distances for a while to tackle both of these 5K's.

Still, I can't complain too much about finishing 6th in my AG against some pretty fast competition. it's worth noting that if I was 10 years older and had the same time , I would have finished 15th in my AG, not 6th. Just goes to show it all depends on who shows up!
Post race
What limited your ability to perform faster:

Starting too far back in the start pack and probably not opening my kick sooner as we approached the finish line.

I've also been dealing with a swollen knee about the size of a grapefruit--- it doesn't hurt but it does limit my flexibility.

Event comments:

To me, this race took a slight step back this year. In the past, they've handed out sausages and chocolate milk at the finish in addition to water. This year, it was just water. The t-shirts were awful (as usual). But it is a nice family-friendly race and you can't beat the free admission to Germanfest, not to mention the food!




Last updated: 2013-07-26 12:00 AM
Running
00:22:41 | 03.11 miles | 07m 11s  min/mile
Age Group: 6/42
Overall: 119/1017
Performance: Good
Course: The usual loop near the north end of the Summerfest grounds. 36 total feet of elevation.
Keeping cool Average Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 5
Good race?
Evaluation
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Below average
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

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Nice job Rich!!
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