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Seattle, Washington
United States
80F / 27C
Total Time = 18m 32s
Overall Rank = 11/331
Age Group = Female
Age Group Rank = 2/187
Pre-race routine:

Wanderlust IPA
Event warmup:

Was going car-free today since I was headed to a beer festival afterward. J dropped me off on her way to class I I climbed the 500', 2 mile hill to the start. I stopped and picked blackberries on the way :) This was just kind of a tuneup fitness check in and I wanted to get a little mileage in and not worry too much about being 100% fresh. I got to the track, did some strides, checked my bag in and then saw some teammates and chatted with them for a bit before the start.
  • 18m 32s
  • 3.11 miles
  • 05m 58s  min/mile

**This race has a big asterisk in front of it**

The timing was all kinds of wonky. The RD gave me an 18:32 and my teammate a 17:31 which was close to what the clock read when we crossed. I asked him if it was completely accurate and he said yes. But the he said that the course was not certified. I checked out their map that had it at 3.12 meaning it was long. But then they did a weird adjustment which put me at 19:37 later in the week and then 19:31. Soooo, I don't know. He swore that first time was accurate. And in mile 1 I had a 5:56 split. So, who knows. Ironically it seems that both times I have "broken" (or did I?) 19, there was a timing snafu. NBD at this point since it was more a piece of training and a fitness check in (19:30-18:30 mean that I haven't lost the ability to move my legs) But I'm claiming that 18:32 since the RD swore. I think he even pinky swore :)

Anyway, all that being said, here are the more important deets:

I lined up a little back from K (one of my CNW teammates.) She's a 16:xx 5K runner and I knew upon her arrival I was racing for second. I mean, unless she tripped and fell or like, got hit by a rogue ice-cream truck or something.

A young runner sang the National Anthem and it was really, really good! Once she finished they counted down and we were off! There was a super intense looking woman wearing an Oiselle kit that might pose a threat so I went ahead and started strong (but not overly fast.) We had to go about 100 yards then do a 180 at a cone, which is kind of a pain. Once we turned the cone it was a nice long straightaway. of us going through turn

There were 2 additional women in front of me once we got around the corner (other than K) I didn't panic but kept a close eye on them. I didn't want them to get too far out. I tried to keep my pacing nice and even. Not accelerating or decelerating on the hills, just keeping a nice solid effort.

At about mile 1 I passed one of the women. A man next to me called out the pace at 5:56.

I quickly reeled in the other woman who kind of faded suddenly. The 556 dude was running right next to me almost to mile 2 where there was an uphill before we descended a small hill to the turnaround. I passed him on the "up" then maintained the distance on the down and slowed for the turnaround (another180) where I was afraid he may catch me, but I think I put a little more distance between he and I back "up" the hill.

The road flattened out for the most part again and I approached a young man. I passed him and upon being passed he accelerated and passed me. But he couldn't hold it and faded quickly. I thought about encouraging him to stick with me but I was starting to strain quite a bit. We were in the full sun and it was getting pretty warm out.

It was about here I heard someone yell my name. I scanned the runners headed towards me and saw who it was. I struggled to make the connection and then it came to me, it was my bosses boss. lol it's funny when you see people out of the context you usually do. I waved and kept running.

We had to pass the finish turn off (booooo) and then go around that damn cone again and then back, up a hill and into the parking lot of the high-school. I tried to maintain as much speed as possible around the 180 (wasn't overly successful) and pushed hard up the finishing hill and through the finish.
What would you do differently?:

It was a pretty solid race.

For max performance I would taper, not run quite as long of a warmup.
Post race
Warm down:

I grabbed some water then headed back down the course to find my boss. She was pushing a stroller with her new baby. We ran/walked back towards the finish and then I cut out so as to not get counted twice by the timing device (hmmmm I wonder if this may have caused issues?)

They did and awards (I got a gift card for new shoes and cash!) then I grabbed a beer then ran the 5.5 miles downtown to the ferry terminal to meet my friends to head over to the beer festival. Long day but I got a nice 13ish miles out of it!

What limited your ability to perform faster:

just a tune-up

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Last updated: 2015-07-21 12:00 AM
00:18:32 | 03.11 miles | 05m 58s  min/mile
Age Group: 2/187
Overall: 11/331
Performance: Good
Course: An out and back down California, about 100' net gain. What I would describe as very gentle elevation alternation.
Keeping cool Below average Drinking Just right
Post race
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Physical exertion [1-5]
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2015-07-21 2:39 PM

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2015-07-21 3:03 PM
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Austin, Texas
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Pinky swearing totally counts!  


2015-07-21 4:00 PM
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Englewood, Florida
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Nicely done!!!  And more importantly, how was the beer festival?

2015-07-22 3:02 AM
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Bellingham, WA
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Very solid indeed.  Congrats on a great 5k.  That is a very impressive average pace. 

2015-07-22 10:40 AM
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Raleigh, NC area
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Sorry about the timing issues but that doesn't take away from the great race that you had!  I hope that you feel all tuned up and raring to go for Bend!

2015-07-22 12:12 PM
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Originally posted by cdban66

Nicely done!!!  And more importantly, how was the beer festival?

It was excellent except it was really hot! It was about 90-95 degree out but the festival was on concrete and radiating the heat. I was basically hiding in whatever shade I could. Starting the day out with a hard race followed by additional mileage meant I had to be really smart with keeping hydrated (and we aren't talking beer here)

Notable beers:

(It was a summer brew fest, for context)

A rhubarb randalled IPA

A beer called Johnny Utah, it's a really piney IPA

An orange creamcicle pale (good summery beer)

A Brass Monkey malt ale with cascade hops and orange peel (like 9% ABV yowza)

annnd the Ottcho, cilantro-lime lager beer It was randalled with cilantro and serano peppers. I am not one for lagers but this was good

2015-07-22 3:52 PM
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Rio Rancho, NM
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Nice job getting "First after K"

A bunch of 180's and running past the finish = no bueno. Nice job putting up a great time in spite of the fact that this was just part of your overall run for the day.

Bend will be awesome!!!

2015-07-24 10:18 AM
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PEI, Canada
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Great result!  Whatever the actual time was.  

2015-07-25 6:46 PM
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Denver, CO
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Nice job!!  Stoopid wonky timing.  The first time is clearly right!

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