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Vaxjo, Kronoberg
22C / 72F
Total Time = 51m 22s
Overall Rank = 181/368
Age Group = F50-54
Age Group Rank = 1/8
Pre-race routine:

Last race of a very successful racing season, when I hit PR at pretty much everything.
Goal was to beat a 5 year old 10k PR of 52:35
Event warmup:

Tried to follow the W/U routine we normally do with the running club before intervals.
  • 51m 22s
  • 10 kms
  • 05m 08s  min/km

I had worked out that I needed to keep an average pace of under 5:13 min per km if I wanted to break my record so I decided for a 5:10 pace to have a little margin.

The plan was a negative split, with 5:15 the first 3k, 5:10 the next 3 and 5:05 or faster the last 4.

Started too fast but it felt good so I did not make myself slow down and the first 3 k went fast, under 15 minutes
Good thing I didn’t slow down at the start because the next 2 or 3k had quite a bit of elevation (I had forgotten that.) and as a result were much slower.

Then the course became flat(ish) again and I was able to keep a decent pace until the end
Told myself to ”push a little more” at regular intervals like I did during my oly a couple of weeks ago.

What would you do differently?:

Make note of what a course is like so I don’t get surprised that it’s more hilly than I remembered.

That’s that taken care of right here, good job 2023 Nat, 2024 Nat will thank you for it
Post race
Warm down:

Joined my friends from the running club and we shared a picnic offered by the organizers if you entered as a team of 5.

Although they did not have prizes for AG, I counted the girls in my 50-54 AG and found out that I beat them all. :)

Event comments:

An event organised every year to raise awareness around blood donation. There are about 20 events from May to September everywhere in Sweden.
3rd time in my town.
A lot of people run or walk 5 or 10k. Fun atmosphere

Last updated: 2023-09-08 12:00 AM
00:51:22 | 10 kms | 05m 08s  min/km
Age Group: 0/8
Overall: 0/368
km 1 4:55 m/k 2. 4:57 3. 5:01 4. 5:24 5. 5:37 6. 5:06 7. 4:58 8. 5:15 9. 5:18 10. 5:05
Course: Easy first 3 then ups and downs for another 3 before it becomes flat(ish) again
Keeping cool Drinking
Post race
Weight change: %
Mental exertion [1-5]
Physical exertion [1-5]
Good race? Yes
Course challenge
Events on-time?
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks?
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5]

2023-09-09 2:55 AM

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Subject: Blodomloppet vaxjo

2023-09-09 7:42 AM
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Middle River, Maryland
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Subject: RE: Blodomloppet vaxjo

Great race to cap off a great 2023.  2024 Nat is going to kill it!

2023-09-11 8:50 AM
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Baltimore, Maryland
Subject: RE: Blodomloppet vaxjo
And the AG win to boot! Great job!
2023-09-11 11:34 PM
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Lethbridge, Alberta
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Nice PR, congratulations!

As a sidenote: I have donated blood for many years. The local clinic was converted from whole blood to take plasma donations instead a couple years ago so I've continued with that.
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