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Ashland, Virginia
United States
75F / 24C
Total Time = 1h 02m 22s
Overall Rank = 157/248
Age Group = 50-55
Age Group Rank = 9/19
Pre-race routine:

Up early, grab my go to breakfast & head up to Ashland which is about 1 hour north from me.
Event warmup:

Packet pick up, bathroom stop. Watch the 5k and kids go out Cheer the kids coming back from their 1 mile. A little stretching.
  • 1h 02m 22s
  • 10 kms
  • 06m 14s  min/km

The packet pick up area was pretty shaded so I was cold enough to want my arm warmers. The first few miles were along Center St which is pretty open, full sun. I was managing to maintain about a 9:40 pace for them. Railroad track runs parallel to the road so it's a little disconcerting to be about 20 feet from a train as it passes by. Big median there, but a new experience for me.
I did pretty good picking people off and passing some, maintaining a steady effort for this section. I felt myself slow down as we zig zagged through the side street section for the 2 loops. Not a lot, but clearly not a negative split. Enjoyed the beautiful Victorian homes along the course--and a road aptly named Race Course Rd on the course made me giggle. Water stations were set up is two spots but with the out & back and then the 2 loop section there was plenty of opportunity to grab water. Ran through each of them and drank on the run.
The last little section was back on Center St which was again right out in the sun up a gentle grade.
What would you do differently?:

Not much, never ran the course before. Signed up just 2 or 3 days ago so this was not an A race at all--more like a C race.
Post race
Warm down:

Walked around, found a couple of the other Megsmile Supporters to meet up.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Legs decided what pace they were going to give me and I had to accept it for what it was.
It was pretty warm in that first section and the final stretch. Well shaded in the lops through the neighborhood.

Event comments:

Good race, I would run it again.

Last updated: 2014-04-23 12:00 AM
01:02:22 | 10 kms | 06m 14s  min/km
Age Group: 9/19
Overall: 157/248
Performance: Good
Course: Straight out Center St and back, minimal grade changes. At about the 5K mark we turned into a neighborhood where we did a 2 loop section. The 2 loop part was nicely shaded.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? Yes
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] 3

2014-04-26 11:02 AM

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West Chester, Ohio
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2014-04-27 6:46 AM
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Canandaigua NY
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Great race Judi!  Especially for a last minute addition to the schedule!

2014-04-27 2:06 PM
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Out running or enjoying a fine glass of red...
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Nice race! I have always wondered about this one - too bad it conflicts with RTC sounds nice!
2014-04-27 9:41 PM
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Muskego, Wisconsin
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nice work.
2014-04-28 6:35 AM
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Englewood, Florida
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Nicely done, it is really cool to see you getting your running mojo back!!!

2014-04-28 10:22 AM
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Glad you had a good race, Judi!  Sounds like a nice course, except for the close proximity of the trains, that would be a bit unnerving at first.  Race Course Road is definitely laugh-worthy!  Nice job, hope you continue to fall back in love with running.

2014-04-28 12:37 PM
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Raleigh, NC area
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Nice race!  It sounds like fun :-)

2014-04-28 5:24 PM
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Glad to see you having FUN again! 

2014-04-29 9:24 AM
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Simsbury, Connecticut
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so you were faster than the train, right?

2014-05-03 9:11 AM
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Melon Presser
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You had FUN, RUNNING. That's huge!

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