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Los Angeles, California
United States
Bellarmine-Jefferson HS
75F / 24C
Total Time = 19m 33s
Overall Rank = 74/160
Age Group =
Age Group Rank = 0/
Pre-race routine:

First race of the fall USATF SoCal Cross Country Grand Prix Series with my club team, New Basin Blues. Third year racing this meet--Open Division race in what is otherwise a huge HS invitational (15 different HS boys/girls divisional races go on all day after the Open race first thing in the AM).

Event warmup:

Had to park unusually far from the start, so I counted the walk as most of my warmup. Jogged about a 1/4 mile on the course 15 minutes before the start and did one strider right before the gun.
  • 19m 33s
  • 2.94 miles
  • 06m 39s  min/mile

PR for the course by over a minute (although last year we were sent the wrong way by a volunteer, so everyone ran about 0.8 mile longer than we should have). First time under 20 minutes and under 7:00/mile. Surprisingly, I was one of the 5 scoring runners of the 7 on my club's mens team...didn't expect to score...beat some guys (and women) I don't normally beat on this course.
What would you do differently?:

Very apprehensive about running this full out and risking hamstring or quad injury with the big downhills and with my 50 miler just a week away. Ultimately, I felt good and got off to a great start, so I went for it. Wore compression socks and my Skechers Ultras for some protection...probably was a good idea. Given lack of speed work in the first half of the year due to hammie issues, this was better than I expected, honestly. The USATF series attracts a ton of very fast runners, especially at the "Grandmaster" level (my age category, i.e., 50+), so I'm always mid-pack at best in these meets.
Post race
Warm down:

Very short jog and a little bit of walking and stretching.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Apparently nothing much...

Event comments:

Venerable (and huge) HS cross country invitational. Meet starts with an all-comers "Open Division" race. Very challenging 2.9 mile course to try to race full out.

Last updated: 2017-09-11 12:00 AM
00:19:33 | 02.94 miles | 06m 39s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 74/160
Performance: Good
Actual distance per Garmin FR25 = 2.80 miles.
Course: Multiple loops, mostly on fire road, in Griffith Park, starting and finishing at the Greek Theatre. No flats to speak of. Very technical for <3 mile course...over 500' of climbing.
Keeping cool Drinking
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 5
Physical exertion [1-5] 5
Good race? Yes
Course challenge
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks?
Post race activities:
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2017-09-30 1:30 PM

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