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Fairfax, Virginia
United States
34F / 1C
Sunny
Total Time = 30m 50s
Overall Rank = 54/227
Age Group = 30-39
Age Group Rank = 18/78
Pre-race routine:

Woke up around 6am. Drank a cup of green tea followed by about 10 ounces of triberry nuun over the next hour. Jumped in the shower around 7am, got dressed, packed my bag, and had an applesauce at 8am.
Got to the race venue, found my friend, got checked in, then we were ready to go!
Event warmup:

None. It was really chilly, so we just bounced around waiting for the start.
Run
  • 30m 50s
  • 3.1 miles
  • 09m 57s  min/mile
Comments:

My plan was to start out easy and get faster with each mile. I wanted no walking and negative splits. I'd never run with a friend before, but it was such fun, and he was a great pacer! Right away we were running faster than I thought we would, but it felt comfortable so I wasn't worried. The first mile went quickly, and I finally felt warm as the mile marker went by. My running buddy commented that we were going quick, but I confirmed that I felt good and was ready to speed up. The second mile had a few hills, and it was starting to get a little tough. I don't know if I'd have stayed in the zone without my friend. Passing the mile two marker, I saw a split of 9:46 and was shocked. I hadn't seen numbers like that in years! We were passing plenty of people, but the going was getting tough. I could feel my shoulders tensing, and my breathing was labored. There was a final hill as we made our way to the mile three marker, and the conversations we had been having were being put on hold. I told my buddy I wanted to leave it all on the course, and he let me take the inside corner as we hit the final turn. I could feel my stride stretching out and heard a few cheers, but I could also feel my heart pounding in my chest. I crossed the line strong!
What would you do differently?:

It took me a while to find my groove, so maybe a warmup and stretch would have been a good idea.
Post race
Warm down:

As I slowed to a stop my hamstrings immediately started to feel tight. I kept moving and did some high-knees to keep from locking up. We walked around to find some coffee and grabbed some snacks, waiting for the costume contest winners to be announced.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Limited base. I performed well, but my aerobic base still needs work through the rest of this year.

Event comments:

I've completed several races on this course in this location over the years. They're always well run, with excellent pre and post race entertainment. Highly recommended.




Last updated: 2016-03-01 12:00 AM
Running
00:30:50 | 03.1 miles | 09m 57s  min/mile
Age Group: 18/78
Overall: 54/227
Performance: Good
Distance Time Avg HR Max HR 1 1.00 Mi 10m 28s 159 173 2 1.00 Mi 09m 46s 171 177 3 1.00 Mi 09m 24s 177 185 4 0.16 Mi 01m 19s 184 188
Course: A single loop on partially closed roads. All asphalt, some of which was not in great condition. They really need to fix the potholes from this winter! The first mile is mostly downhill, then there's a few gentle hills. Total gain 196ft.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? Yes
Evaluation
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] 4

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2016-04-10 5:00 PM

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Master
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2016-04-10 5:52 PM
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Congrats on a great race Laura!!!
2016-04-11 7:14 AM
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Well done, Laura!  Leaving it all on the course for a 5K is spot on!

2016-04-11 9:18 AM
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Master
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Falls Church, Virginia
Subject: RE: Heroes vs Villains Run for Justice
Sean - thanks, it was nice to be racing after so much time away.
Judi - it was fun to sprint to the finish!
2016-04-11 9:25 AM
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Master
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Great job pushing yourself!!!

2016-04-11 10:29 AM
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Subject: RE: Heroes vs Villains Run for Justice

Sounds like a well executed race. Congrats!



2016-04-11 12:00 PM
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There is something very special about "leaving it all on the course". Well done!

2016-04-11 12:00 PM
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Congrats on a great race and a strong start to the season, awesome!

2016-04-11 1:16 PM
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Nice job! Way to go!!!!

PS - Showering before a race?!? I'm a clean freak and you have bested me
2016-04-11 2:35 PM
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Master
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Falls Church, Virginia
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Chris - thanks! Gotta push to earn that tshirt, right?
TJ - I'm usually not that good at execution, so I'm stoked I got it right this time.
Amber - just hopefully not actual parts of myself on the course, right? Thanks, it was fun.
Melanie - I don't want to jinx myself, but I am really excited for what this means as the season goes on.
Adam - the shower just helps me wake up. I just stand there in the water like a zombie for awhile!
2016-04-15 11:33 AM
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I just went to your official blog - I LOVE your Black Widow suit!  Maybe because I'm a Black Widow of sorts, too (name of my ice hockey team).  Very cool!



2016-04-15 12:49 PM
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Master
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Nice job out there! It sounds like a fun event! Great pictures!

2016-04-16 11:51 AM
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Master
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Melanie - Yes! Black Widows unite!!
Janyne - I am very fortunate to have such a supportive family. It makes such a big difference. Plus they take great pictures.
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