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Farmville, Virginia
United States
83F / 28C
Sunny
Total Time = 31m 16s
Overall Rank = 61/200
Age Group = 50-55
Age Group Rank = 7/24
Pre-race routine:

Got up way too early to drive 90 minutes to Farmville. Had a half banana and a protein shake in the car with my coffee on the way up. Texted my daughter to meet us because she was volunteering and had picked up my race packet--nice to have a kid in college in the town where the race is held....or so I thought. My daughter was still in bed. Her volunteer shift started at 9 AM and she assumed my race was later. Was about 2 steps from getting in a volunteers car to get another race bib when she showed up with it. Seriously, I think I pinned my number on about 5 minutes before race start.
Event warmup:

Walking from the parking lot to the race start maybe half a mile....Anxiously texting my daughter to get here NOW.....Find the signs for predicted pace so I could line up in a decent spot.
Run
  • 31m 16s
  • 5 kms
  • 06m 15s  min/km
Comments:

Found a sign for the 9-10 minute mile group. OKAY, this is a good place for me. If the legs feel good maybe I can get more out of them....if not, I am in a reasonable pace for my fitness and the heat (and humidity)
Pretty much from the get go I started out hard. Just kept trucking. Crossed the bridge in the thick of the crowd. Hit mile 1 just under 10 minutes. Passed a community band (as in trumpets and wind instruments not guitars and drums) playing patriotic music. Oh yeah , this is small town Farmville, VA.
Hit the turn around and grabbed water. Had passed a young girl --maybe 8 years old --running with her dad and cheered her on a few times. I love seeing kids at races.
About half way back in there is someone on my heels--a 20 something girl who was a mistress of encouragement cheering EVERYONE who was still on their way out whether they were walking or running. Yep, great person on the course. She eventually passed me and then I caught up to a man whose tee shirt back said "running for my father" ....I told him to come on cause I ran for my parents too. He picked up his pace briefly but I passed him.
By the time I hit mile 3 my heart rate was 175-176. I wanted to puke in the heat with that HR but just kept running.
When I got to the finish my daughter told me I couldn't throw up. Really. When she realized how high my HR was she understood the nausea.....was funny.

What would you do differently?:

Not much. My legs have good and not so good days, this one wasn't a great day for my legs but I have definitely had worse runs. This was pretty good for me for where I have been in the past few months.
Post race
Warm down:

Water, grabbed an orange. Hung around a little bit then walked over to the park where the post race party was. Waled around town a bit, went to my daughters dorm to shower.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

It's HOT & HUMID. My legs have been cranky. While they had an okay day--I have definitely had better runs....but in the humidity that was a good run for me.

Event comments:

This is the second year for this race, there are things that could be better....but for a small town race with 2 simultaneous events it isn't too bad for it's second year. If my daughter weren't attending college in that town I wouldn't drive 90 minutes away to run a 5K--and the half marathon course is the same trail, just more of it....Post race events were geared for the local crowd, more of a craft fair with food tents






Last updated: 2014-08-27 12:00 AM
Running
00:31:16 | 05 kms | 06m 15s  min/km
Age Group: 7/24
Overall: 61/200
Performance:
Holy yhellacious heart rate--hit 176 by mile 3
Course: Straight out and back on a flat, wide gravel trail. Crossed over a bridge in the first and last mile--but the high bridge the race is named for is actually farther out on the course for the half marathoners. Some shaded spots, but fairly open.
Keeping cool Average Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 5
Good race? Yes
Evaluation
Course challenge Too easy
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? No
Post race activities: Below average
Race evaluation [1-5] 3

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2014-09-06 9:16 PM

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2014-09-07 7:57 AM
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Great job Judi. Why to push it all the way through!!!!

2014-09-07 8:10 PM
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Congratulations Judi, sounds like you had a really good race today
2014-09-08 4:13 AM
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Great race Judi!!  Sounds like you ran well and had fun too!

Pace groups for a 5K?  That is rare!

2014-09-08 5:51 AM
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Originally posted by kenj

Great race Judi!!  Sounds like you ran well and had fun too!

Pace groups for a 5K?  That is rare!

I think they just had the signs for people to line up in an appropriate pace area.  No pacers.  There was a half marathon that started half an hour ahead of us on that same trail so they definitely had the signs for the HM folks.

2014-09-08 10:42 AM
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good job!  it was hot and humid this weekend, nice job slogging through!



2014-09-08 12:58 PM
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You did such a great job!!  So proud of you!!

2014-09-08 1:54 PM
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Glad your legs were in an agreeable mood today and helped you to a speedy finish, great work!

2014-09-08 4:56 PM
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Nicely done! One day, hopefully soon, the heat and humidity will go away!!
2014-09-08 9:56 PM
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Awesome job Judi!!
2014-09-08 11:29 PM
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Way to go Judi!  Awesome work to push in the heat and humidity.



2014-09-08 11:47 PM
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Maybe Farmville, but nothing like patriotic music to get your blood going and your feet pumping  Glad you finished on a good note instead of puking.

2014-09-11 10:32 AM
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Great race! It sounds like you had a nice time, despite the stressful "warm up."

2014-09-12 10:42 AM
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Sounds like a fun small town race. As for the pre-race stress, we can always count on our kids for some of that, no? You did a great job. That HR was high! Way to keep going without puking!!!!!!! 

 

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