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Seattle, Washington
United States
65F / 18C
Total Time = 26h 38m
Overall Rank = 3/600
Age Group = 30-39F
Age Group Rank = 1/180
Pre-race routine:

Went out with friends, wasn't taking this race as anything beyond a good tempo workout since I was just coming off of recovering from the ultra marathon
Event warmup:

Ran a couple miles easy followed by some strides
  • 26m 38s
  • 4.2 miles
  • 06m 20s  min/mile

Met a couple friends and checked out the booths.

I loved the idea of this event. Since pot has been legalized here in WA (as well as a few other states) I believe some work needs to be done around the stigma of recreational marijuana use. This mission of this particular organization is this:

We are forging a new outlook on cannabis by hosting athletic events. All of our events are designed to accommodate beginning to advanced level athletes.

Like anything, moderation is key but I hate the misconception that one who uses marijuana must be a stoner who is lazy or unmotivated. There are risks to nearly everything we do in life from consuming carbs, drinking caffeine, driving our cars or bungee jumping. Get the facts (I don't me biased internet google searches, I do mean real facts) and then asses the risk.

Anyhoo - I loved the concept of the race but it also was a promotional deal, FREE! I figured it would be perfect, I could just run this thing for fun with no pressure and no financial commitment.

So I lined up at the start and the announcer tells us that there is a 500 dollar prize for the first place male AND female (200 second and 50 bucks for third.)

SAY WHAT?!?!?!

Well, that changes things a bit. I figured what I could do is run the first half as a tempo, per plan, then see where I was. If winning was in reach I would deviate from the plan go for it.

They counted down and we were off running. I am very familiar with Magnusun park as I have done a lot of races here. The course really plays into my strengths as there are some climbs alternating with flat sections and downhills. I like to use the climbs to make and solidify passes then just hold on for the flats.

There were about 5 or so women in front of me at the start and I passed them one by one, moving into number one by mile 1. The pace was still on par with tempo and I really wanted to stick with that at least until mile 3 and see what I needed to do. I mean, 500 bucks...

I was thinking through what my strategy should be. Should I lay it down and try to put some serious distance between us? Should I just stick with the original plan?

Ultimately what I did was stuck with t he plan, keeping a comfortable hard pace. I figured I would lay it down hard at mile 3ish and if the number 2 woman made a move I would evaluate if I could match it or not if/when it happened.

I rolled on steady through mile 2 and then 3. I was feeling great and appreciated my easier start. I pushed down the pace a little more and really focused on good mechanics.

Approaching mile 4 I had a good feeling it was in the bag. Now I had my sighs on the number three overall slot. The current number 3 male was in my sights. I locked in and accelerated past him and kept on going. We had a quarter mile to go, I just had to hang on.

I heard hit footsteps fall away, number three unchallenged. I hit the straightaway on the flat section of the course, rounded the corner and could see the finish.

I sprinted hard and got to break the tape as first woman and third overall!

What would you do differently?:

I thought this was really well executed.

I think I could have pushed a touch more at the beginning and maybe taken number 2?
Post race
Warm down:

Jogged a bit then collected my oversize 500 dollar check, a bucket list item for sure!

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Recovering from ultra marathon

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Last updated: 2016-08-08 12:00 AM
00:26:38 | 04.2 miles | 06m 20s  min/mile
Age Group: 1/180
Overall: 3/600
Performance: Good
Course: Multi-loop rolling course on asphalt and trail in Magunsun Park
Keeping cool Average Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
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Physical exertion [1-5]
Good race? Yes
Course challenge
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Plenty of drinks?
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2016-08-11 11:49 AM

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Subject: The 420 Games - Road Run

2016-08-11 12:12 PM
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Subject: RE: The 420 Games - Road Run
Amazing! How you have speed in your legs after the ultra, I'll never know...but very well done!!
2016-08-12 1:24 PM
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Cha-CHING!! $$$  You are simply amazing and your accomplishments make me smile. You train hard and it shows, yet you seem to be able to find the balance of playing hard, too. Love it! Congratulations on a great race and collecting a very nice prize for being such a speedy chica!  

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