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Manchester, Connecticut
United States
Manchester Road Race Committee
40F / 4C
Total Time = 35m 1s
Overall Rank = 690/11096
Age Group = M55-59
Age Group Rank = 22/486
Pre-race routine:

Usual for this race. Get up shower/BR/eat/stretch. Take a bag with warm clothes. Leave ~8:30-8:40am, and drive across town to the back side of the start.
Event warmup:

Usually a mile along the side streets with a few pickups. It was very chilly and quite windy. Small lines for portapotties this year and I took advantage.
  • 35m 1s
  • 4.75 miles
  • 07m 22s  min/mile

Tough day with the wind. Temp was chilly but OK. Better to be cold than hot, certainly. The wind was 22 mph, per my Garmin. I liked my Carbon X shoes but legs are a bit sore from the bounciness-esp the calf.
What would you do differently?:

push harder on mile 3 and 4. I didn't have it in me to dig deep today. My HR proves it. It was 3-5 bpm below my usual effort.
Post race
Warm down:

I got home and spun on the bike for 30 minutes. I'm finding this is the best cooldown for a running race.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Mental effort. I could have gone 15-20 seconds faster with a deeper push.

Event comments:

It's iconic! Second oldest road race in NE, behind Boston. I rarely miss 'Thanksgiving in Manchester'. Variable weather makes it even more fun. And by doing the race, I never worry about what I can't eat on Turkey day. Love this race.

Last updated: 2019-11-29 12:00 AM
00:35:01 | 04.75 miles | 07m 22s  min/mile
Age Group: 22/486
Overall: 690/11096
Performance: Good
1-7:16 HR 136/145 2-8:07 HR 145/149--up hill 3-7:01 HR 143/149--down hill 4-7:15 HR 142/146-headwind 0.75-5:20 HR 143/151
Course: usual Manchester loop
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: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 5

2019-11-29 6:28 AM

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South Windsor, CT
Subject: Manchester Road Race

2019-12-06 12:13 PM
in reply to: #5264402

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Simsbury, Connecticut
Subject: RE: Manchester Road Race
OOF the wind!! I did MRR once and I'm good

Glad you enjoy it - it certainly is iconic.
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