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Jackson, Mississippi
United States
24F / -4C
Total Time = 43m 40s
Overall Rank = 2/283
Age Group = 25-29
Age Group Rank = 1/12
Pre-race routine:

I have been mostly cycling since USAT Nationals. I signed up for this race as an experiment to see how well my running fitness was maintained through all the riding I've done lately. If I do an occasional tri this year, my longest run would be a 10k, so this race was a good opportunity to see where my run currently is.

I did throw in a couple of runs the last few weeks to help aid with getting ready for hard efforts.

Event warmup:

I jogged for a little bit, but it was very cold. On a normal day I would have considered my warmup inadequate, but I made an exception to stay as warm as possible before the race.
  • 43m 40s
  • 6.5 miles
  • 06m 43s  min/mile

My first mile was a bit hot at 6:21, but I settled after that and hovered around my target 6:35 pace. It held overall until about mile 3. I figured that with very little running I would start to hurt after the first 5k. I especially thought this would be the case with the majority of the elevation occurring between miles 3 and 5. After that I was able to rally and get the pace back down.
What would you do differently?:

Obviously running more would help, but as a focused cyclist this year that isn't going to happen. At least I know I have the overall fitness to put out a respectable run when needed.
Post race
Warm down:

Very cold and tired. I haven't been that happy to eat Little Ceasar's in a while.

Event comments:

The Blues Marathon is a great race, and I think this distance is a good way to let runners not quite ready for a full or half to experience the environment of a bigger race before making the leap.

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Last updated: 2015-01-05 12:00 AM
00:43:40 | 06.5 miles | 06m 43s  min/mile
Age Group: 1/12
Overall: 2/283
Performance: Good
Course: Some light rollers and inclines, but mostly a flat race. The race did a good job dodging most of the hills Jackson has to offer.
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: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

2015-01-12 1:25 AM

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Ridgeland, Mississippi
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2015-01-12 8:35 AM
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Raleigh, NC area
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Great race!  Congratulations!

2015-01-12 11:41 AM
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Northern IL
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Nice job Matt!

2015-01-12 12:00 PM
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Englewood, Florida
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Great job Matt! I agree, the race distance is a real nice in-between distance for those that are just dipping a toe into the distance racing pool.

2015-01-12 12:59 PM
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I'd say your running fitness is in a good place!  Congrats on a very solid, speedy finish!

2015-01-12 10:35 PM
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Melon Presser
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Superb AG win (especially for a cyclist ). Awesome job and great pics too.

2015-01-14 10:12 AM
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Denver, CO
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Super job, Matt!!  Your run fitness is clearly in a good place.  Congrats on the OA and AG placements!!

2015-01-20 10:41 AM
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Great job, sounds like a perfect race to see where you are at!

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