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Kansas City, Missouri
United States
45F / 7C
Sunny
Total Time = 1h 28m 54s
Overall Rank = /
Age Group = 40-45
Age Group Rank = 0/
Pre-race routine:

Got plenty of sleep last night (8 hours) getting up at 5:30. This being a virtual race, I could be pretty relaxed about "race day" today. I was still pretty excited about doing a "race", virtual or otherwise.
Got up at 5:30 and ate a protein bar and drank a couple cups of coffee and water. Stopped consuming food at 7:00am, an hour before the race.
Event warmup:

Stretched and warmed up at home, going through my full body warm up that's been working really well this time around. Really focused on hips and IT Band, which historically been an issue, but this time around has been behaving really well.
Gathered up all my stuff into the car and drove the trail (packed limestone trails through the woods).
Run
  • 1h 28m 54s
  • 15 kms
  • 05m 56s  min/km
Comments:

Kept the first "loop" relaxed and slow, letting the "race" come to me. This is my longest distance in my current training, so I wanted to settle into this and enjoy it. The weather was perfect with a little head-wind on the "back" of the out and back.

I ran this in three 5k segments, out and back from/to my car, using my car as my aid station and a spot to stretch.

5k 1 (kept the pace slow and relaxed to settle in before increasing tempo later):
9:42
9:44
9:46

5k 2 (felt the body warmed up and let the body speed up naturally)
9:45
9:36
9:31

5k 3 (felt amazing coming off my last "aid station", decided to let 'er rip and get after it to see how things went:
9:33
9:21
9:03
(last .3 = 8:44)
What would you do differently?:

I cannot think of any thing I would do differently! This was about as perfect as I could have done for today. Including, if I had kept the 9:30 pace, I had a half marathon in me, which is exciting.
Post race
Warm down:

Stretched really good at my car, getting fluids and walking around to cool down. Felt great after the run.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Nothing! This was about as perfect as I could have done for where I am in my training right now.

Event comments:

This was the "virtual" Hot Chocolate race, so there was no "official" course to be run. I made up my own course out on the trails.

The above race evaluation is in no way reflective of the "real" race that would have taken place this year. This year's race is "virtual".




Last updated: 2020-10-31 12:00 AM
Running
01:28:54 | 15 kms | 05m 56s  min/km
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Performance: Good
I ran this in three 5k segments, out and back from/to my car, using my car as my aid station and a spot to stretch. 5k 1 (kept the pace slow and relaxed to settle in before increasing tempo later): 9:42 9:44 9:46 5k 2 (felt the body warmed up and let the body speed up naturally) 9:45 9:36 9:31 5k 3 (felt amazing coming off my last "aid station", decided to let 'er rip and get after it to see how things went: 9:33 9:21 9:03 (last .3 = 8:44)
Course: Flat crushed limestone path through the woods.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 5
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? Yes
Evaluation
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? No
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 5

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2020-11-02 1:59 PM
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Subject: RE: (Virtual) Hot Chocolate 15k - Kansas City

Nice run and a negative split on the last 5K. 

I did the Dallas Hot Chocolate 15K in February as an official pacer.  I didn't really have much in the way of previous 15K races so I made it a goal to run a 15K this fall to set a strong PR.  The Kansas City Hot chocolate 15K might have been a possibility for this if it didn't go virtual.  The race I did choose went virtual too, but its course is 75 minutes from me and follows the path where my brother runs every day so I plan to do my virtual 15K on November 14th on the actual racecourse.  I hope I have as good of weather as you did.

2020-11-04 6:41 AM
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Subject: RE: (Virtual) Hot Chocolate 15k - Kansas City
Well done! It looks like it was all there; training & race day execution. Great springboard to some winter training and hopefully, next year the event doesn't have to be virtual.

Congrats again..
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