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Simsbury River Run 5k - Run

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Simsbury, Connecticut
United States
55F / 13C
Total Time = 23m 28s
Overall Rank = 25/249
Age Group = M60-69
Age Group Rank = 2/16
Pre-race routine:

Got to the venue early and parked ~1/3 mile away to ensure that I could get out. Walked/jogged a bit after stretching on my way there.. Picked up the packet and went back to the car. Had Boost/G2 and pop tart about 2 hrs prior. Went to the BR and felt nervous about the event as I haven't done an open 5K in 3 yrs. First did this event 20 yrs ago and the course was very different than what I remembered. I looked up my old results and I was exactly 90 seconds slower than 2002. I'll take it.
Event warmup:

Jogged/walked/jogged and did 20 seconds of strides about 3 times. Really didn't do enough.
  • 23m 28s
  • 3.1 miles
  • 07m 34s  min/mile

It was chilly and I had on an extra LS shirt/hat/gloves and my sweatpants. I got rid of the clothes except the gloves, which I kept on and put near the fence at the finish and picked up after the race. Pace went hard and I started near the front-perfect spot. HR spiked as I didn't really do enough warmup. Settled in and tried to hold ~7:30 pace. Goal was sub 7:45 but you can't know unless you push a bit harder and I felt like I might be able to hold it.
What would you do differently?:

warmup more/ stretch a bit more
Post race
Warm down:

Walked around and headed back to the car. Got my phone and took a few pictures. Ate a little something-they had pumpkin bread which was delicious.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Not remembering that you have to push ALL OUT in a 5K.
The mantra for miles 1-3-Hard/harder/hardest/then sprint like your hair is on fire!!

Event comments:

This race was extremely well run and was a real pleasure. Hundreds of people were doing the 5K and there was a concurrent 10K race. Ran into many people that I hadn't seen in years. Weather was perfect! Venue was excellent. If I was a runner, I'd do this event every year.

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Last updated: 2022-09-24 12:00 AM
00:23:28 | 03.1 miles | 07m 34s  min/mile
Age Group: 25/16
Overall: 2/249
Performance: Good
7:31/7:39/7:35/43 (~6:04 pace for the final sprint)
Course: Out and followed the road as it took a hard left and then we split off to the R @ 0.8, hit the first 180 degree turnaround at 1.25 miles-ran out until ~2 miles and turned around again, heading back and turning at 2.3 with the final 0.8 to go.
Keeping cool Good Drinking
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 5
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

2022-09-25 5:46 AM

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