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Lake Ronkonkoma, New York
United States
Rotary Club of the Ronkonkomas
80F / 27C
Total Time = 39m 32s
Overall Rank = 666/1281
Age Group = M35-39
Age Group Rank = 67/90
Pre-race routine:

Been building distance all year. This race will probably be my 'long' race of the year.
Event warmup:

Stretch and cheered on my friend and his kids in the Fun Run.
  • 39m 32s
  • 4 miles
  • 09m 53s  min/mile

Felt good but was admittedly nervous about the distance. I had never run more than a 5K before this. I think I handled it OK. The highlight of the run for me was running under the HUGE American flag at roughly the 3-mile point. I was surrounded by two FDNY and at least three military folks in full ruck. All were saluting as they ran under. I really hope someone got a picture as it was a great scene.
What would you do differently?:

I overhydrated (my typical MO) and had to pee really bad at the 2-mile mark. Seriously considered stopping a few times but didn't. Got to get that under control for future races as I'm sure I could have gone sub-39 minutes if I hadn't been fighting that mental battle.
Post race
Warm down:

High five the kids on the way in to the finish. Then I stretched and grabbed some water. The post race activities looked great, we just (unfortunately) had to get out of there due to some other plans. I'll definitely be back for this race next year.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Being overhydrated didn't help. I'll work up to the distance better next year and go in with more of a racing mentality and less of a "I just want to finish without walking" mentality. We'll get there!

Event comments:

Great race for a great cause. I'll definitely be back next year!

Last updated: 2014-05-06 12:00 AM
00:39:32 | 04 miles | 09m 53s  min/mile
Age Group: 67/90
Overall: 666/1281
Performance: Average
Mile 1: 9:58 Mile 2: 9:42 Mile 3: 9:46 Mile 4: 10:06
Course: Kind of a weird course in that it's faster (more downhill) for the first 2-miles. The last two miles (especially mile 4) were much harder. Overall a fun course though. Still deciding if being able to see the finish line for over half the course is good or bad :)
Keeping cool Good Drinking Too much
Post race
Weight change: %
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: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 5

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