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Vancouver, British Columbia
BrrrC / 0F
Total Time = 24m 54s
Overall Rank = 15/215
Age Group =
Age Group Rank = 3/
Pre-race routine:

Just cereal and a cup of coffee for breakfast. Two beers the night before; trying to channel Salty! Got to race site about an hour early. Race waste x4. At least I knew where the 'secret' potties were--no lineups.
Event warmup:

I did a 2km easy warmup, followed by some strides.
  • 24m 54s
  • 5 kms
  • 04m 59s  min/km

Wooooot! 3rd woman overall. Whaaaaaaat? I have not been on a podium since I was a kid :)

I was standing at the start and I got asked by a couple women if I knew if the 10km was starting first and then 5km. I said yes, then chatted with one of them for a couple minutes. 10km was off, so I went up to the front for the start. <-------------------- That is funny in and of itself. I NEVER start at the front. But, what the hell. I am thinking a goal time of 25minutes, but not sure if it is doable.

The first 500ish meters was downhill, and was fast. First km was 4:41 which is redonculous, but downhill, so okay. I was going to tell myself to back off, then I thought, nah, I'm not going to 'arbitrarily limit myself'. Someone once said that to me. So, I am merrily running along, going at a fast but not outrageous pace. I hear someone coming up behind me and just sort of hanging there. I knew it was a woman--not sure how I knew, but I did. I knew I was up towards the front as I hadn't really been passed by anyone. So, she goes past me and it is the woman I was speaking to at the start line. She has on a lime green shirt, so easy to spot. I figured I would just tuck in behind her for a bit, keep her close.

We hit 2km and it is 5:09. Ok, slower, but no downhill. I'm ok with the pace, but figure I can pick it up a bit. Maybe 25:00 IS possible. Green shirt still just ahead of me. I pick it up just a bit, and I go past her just before the turnaround. I figure she would come back up, but I just keep running my pace. I am counting women coming back after the turnaround and I count 2. Hmmmm, this is interesting...

Approximately 3km and I hear someone behind me--nope it's all good it's a dude. Hit 3km at 5:06. Mentally do the math: 4:41 leaves me 19seconds, I have used up 15 in km 2 and 3. Gonna have to go, Wilson! Just past 3km, my right hamstring feels a little tight, but nothing comes of that, phew! I get to 4km at 4:58 and I am now thinking about puking. I decide to hold off on that :) As I turn the corner to start up the hill to the finish, I look back for green shirt--she's a ways back, but close enough to catch me if I slow at all.

So, now I have established that I CAN run 5 min kilometers. The question is, can I get up that last hill that fast? Well, the answer is yes! Got to the top, could see the finish line and went for it. Holy crap I did it! Sub 25min.

I never hang around for awards, but I was, ummmmmmm, hopeful :). They said they were doing the 5km awards at 10:45; I had a meeting at 1:30 and had to find a community center pool to grab a shower. Should be doable. 11:15 rolls around and they haven't started yet. I see results are posted, so I go have a look. Well, it is overall men and women. Is Shira male or female? Chris? I *may* be third... I decide to wait another few minutes; thankfully it was shortly later that they called my name as third OA woman! $25 GC plus a pair of shoes :). I have no idea if I will be able to wear them, but who cares I podiumed!!!
What would you do differently?:

Not much. I didn't puke, but I was not far away!
Post race
Warm down:

Eating food and drinking hot chocolate?

What limited your ability to perform faster:


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Last updated: 2013-12-31 12:00 AM
00:24:54 | 05 kms | 04m 59s  min/km
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/215
Performance: Good
Course: First ~500m downhill, then mostly flat out and back; last 500m back up the hill
Keeping cool Drinking
Post race
Weight change: %
Mental exertion [1-5]
Physical exertion [1-5]
Good race?
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

2014-03-01 6:35 PM

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2014-03-01 6:42 PM
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West Chester, Ohio
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A PODIUM and awesome SWAG!!


2014-03-01 6:52 PM
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Austin, Texas
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Woot!  Hardware!!!





2014-03-01 7:57 PM
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Nice PR Kitsten !
2014-03-02 3:17 AM
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Langley, BC, 'Wet Coast' Canada
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Congratulations. Nicely run!
2014-03-02 2:10 PM
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Englewood, Florida
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WooHoo, way to rock the podium finish!!!!!

2014-03-03 10:06 AM
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What a great race, you've got to be on cloud 9 with your performance AND your podium AND your great swag!  Big congrats, Kirsten!

2014-03-03 1:25 PM
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Why to go! A PR, a podium spot and nice hardware - a running trifecta!!!
2014-03-04 1:09 PM
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Raleigh, NC area
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Congratulations, Speed Racer!

2014-03-04 2:13 PM
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Rio Rancho, NM
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That. Is. Awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!

Podium or puke, you chose podium. Nice job! Glad you didn't limit yourself.

2014-03-06 12:46 AM
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Way to go, Kirsten! NO LIMITS

2014-03-06 10:36 AM
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Overland Park, KS
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Awesome Kirsten, just awesome. Your running's looking solid, keep up the good work!
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