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Iowa City, Iowa
United States
40F / 4C
Total Time = 23m 3s
Overall Rank = 58/323
Age Group = 30-39
Age Group Rank = 2/31
Pre-race routine:

The event was scheduled to start at 9 and was .5 miles from where we're living. My two girls decided that morning that they wanted to do their first 5K, so we walked over at 8:30 to get them registered--a free race for all 14 and unders.
Event warmup:

No official warm up other than going to a different area for registration, another area for packet pick-up, another area for bibs and yet a fourth area for chips. (Leave it to a bunch of med students to come up with the most inefficient pre-race pick up area ever :)

The girls were very excited and needed a lot of help getting their chips and numbers on, but we did it with two minutes to spare before the gun went off. Woo-hoo!
  • 23m 3s
  • 3.1 miles
  • 07m 26s  min/mile

I ran this as a baseline 5K for Shane's running challenge group. I have not been running a lot this winter, and it showed in this race. A year ago I ran a 22:07 on a slightly less challenging course, so I was expecting this run to be somewhere between 22:15- and 23:00 given my lack of volume over the winter. I was a little bummed when I saw my time, but not surprised. Lack of volume, a little winter weight, no warm-up, and the day before my period--a perfect storm for mediocrity. I should have my work cut out for me in Shane's group, and I'm really looking forward to dialing this back down.
What would you do differently?:

I lined up too far to the back and started my kick too early based on my current run fitness, but OA I am pleased with how I ran the race and my effort, just not my current run fitness.
Post race
Warm down:

As soon as I finished my race, I doubled back to find my kids so I could run the last bit of their races with them. My 8 yo was ahead of the 7, so we ran the last half mile together which was so awesome! She looked GREAT, and is totally built like a distance runner (unlike me). When we finished we both double backed until we saw the 7yo, and then finished with her. The girls took 1st and 2nd in the under 9 age group, and I took 2nd in mine, so--with our prize money we actually recouped the entry fees +$10.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

My lack of winter run training.

Event comments:

Pre-race pick up was a cluster, but other than that it was a totally fine race. $25 and 2 minutes from my house bumps it up a few notches in the race eval.

Last updated: 2014-04-06 12:00 AM
00:23:03 | 03.1 miles | 07m 26s  min/mile
Age Group: 2/31
Overall: 58/323
Performance: Average
Course: I have only ever done one other stand-alone 5K, so I don't have a lot to compare this on to, but I would way this was a challenging course to pace because of the last mile. The first mile was pretty rolling with some decent downhills, the second mile was flat, and there were three significant uphills in the last mile.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? Ok
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

2014-04-06 12:42 PM

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2014-04-06 2:46 PM
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PEI, Canada
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Nice job and really nice that you got to run with your girls for the finish of their first 5k!

And you made a profit to boot!  

2014-04-06 3:28 PM
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South Windsor, CT
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Good job, Elesa. You now have a baseline for your next run training block. It's nearly impossible to push forward in all 3 sports and I believe more gains are made by training blocks with focus. You can then achieve this same level in the future with less training, but your have to earn your way there with time and effort.

I have always loved races with my kids. It must have been a proud and joyous moment running along with your girls. Too cool.

You'll be sub22 in no time at all.
2014-04-06 3:42 PM
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Houston, Texas
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Nice job!  I look forward to following along with your progress with Shane's group!  I'll be lurking / stalking

2014-04-06 6:04 PM
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Bellingham, WA
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Pretty darn good baseline effort.  Coming off low run volume really a great result and should be a positive to build off of.  Wouldn't be long before you have some company on some of your training runs.  Sharing this wonderful thing with your kids is solid gold.

2014-04-06 8:00 PM
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Middle River, Maryland
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Well done, Elesa.  Hmmm...I'll roll out of bed and not do a warm up AND manage my kids racing their first race AND oh I've barely run the last few months and I'll just ease through a 23-flat 5K <facepalm>. 

2014-04-06 9:23 PM
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Elesa, wonderful job! I second the above comments on dang what would you do given a running winter, gosh you are great!

The best part to me was what a treasure you shared with your girls! They likely would not be deciding to do their first 5k if not for the model you are setting for them. I imagine you will have lots of running memories in front of you to build with them!

2014-04-07 9:12 AM
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Englewood, Florida
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Nice day, my friend. Well done, both with your race and with the girl's race as well. It is always awesome to run with family!

2014-04-07 10:57 AM
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Switchie!  Smiling, smiling, smiling!  Love how you did this race with your daughters and they had fun and kicked butt!  Awesome stuff.  And yeah, don't read too much into your less than you wanted result - your 'perfect storm' truly is that, ick!  Nice work, way to recoup the fees and make a little extra, too!

2014-04-07 11:30 AM
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Awesome job, babe!

OMG I don't even need to scold you for anything. It was nicely executed taking everything into account. Very, very cool that you got to share those moments with your girls. 

YOu set a solid baseline, now get yo work work!

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