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Alexandra Park 5ks - Run5k

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Manchester, England
United Kingdom
Total Time = 33m 44s
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Pre-race routine:

so i set all my kit out last night and washed my trainers and cleaned my rather stinky orthotics ready for my first ever road race today (well it was in a park but you get the idea!). set my alarm for 10am so i could get up in time to shower, eat and such like; was a bit apprehensive as i only usually run after cycling home from uni so a) have no idea how to warm up without having ridden first and b) have no idea what to eat or not eat for a morning run

10am alarm goes off, saph turns over, turns it off and goes back to sleep - too tired and too stressed to run (the lovely mice are back so i'm all worried about them...bloody housemate leaving uneaten food in his bedroom - grrr!!!!)

wake up naturally later - 11.40 to discover that i've accidentally pressed the daylight saving time button on my alarm clock and its actually only 10.40 - just enough time for me to grab my kit and get to the park for the run - bugger! grab some dried fruit, ata a banana and take a sports drink with me. i know its not enough but i don't want to get stitch or puke.

Event warmup:

so make it to the park in time, pays my 2 pounds (i love being a student) and go and do a rather half hearted warm up; stretch off and have a gel ten mins before it starts. immediate thoughts going into this were - i hope to beat 35 mins, how the fuck do you warm up without having been on a bike first?!?, and i guess my pre-race nutrition leaves a lot to be desired - lol!

  • 33m 44s
  • 3.11 miles
  • 10m 51s  min/mile

start off nice and steady, taking in water as and when, and liberally dowsing myself in it to try and cool down. it was actually quite a muggy day and i get hot very easily! paced myself well for the first 3k, averaging about 6 mins 45 per k which i was pleased with. a mate from swimming was within sight for the first k or so but she beat me by a good 3 mins - well done fi but the lady behing me who seemed to be breathing more erratically than i've ever managed soon vanished...thank feck. got passed by all the fast peeps - fastest man came in in about 16 mins i think, and fastest woman just over 20mins.

the route is 3 laps round the park and is a lovely route though a bit slidey with the fallen leaves and the earlier rain. anyhow....i took it easy the first 3 and a bit k's staying at conversation pace, checked out by thanking volunteers and such like. then started getting a wee bit faster and pushing it just before the 4k marker, and then the last probably .5k i really upped the pace and 'sprinted' home - my lungs were going to explode! i really noticed that my legs felt like jelly that last bit - probabaly due to an almost non-existent breakfast and lack of practice. felt pleased (ish) with my time (my last accidental 5k was 33m 05 secs but that was a brick and in the afternoon and the time was worked out after the whole may be accurate, may not be) but was a bit embarrassed by my mates being so encouraging - i would rather have been a bit more anonymous.

What would you do differently?:

have learnt a few lessons - i need to sort my nutrition out and next time i'm cycling down there - this running on its own lark is too wierd

Post race
Warm down:

walked some and stretched off; drank the free water and ate my free banana. watched the awards ceremony and then drove to b&q to get mice killer!

What limited your ability to perform faster:

my ability to get out of bed on time ;) nutrition/warm up.

being a member of the slow buggers running club?

Event comments:

so....i am now officially a runner i guess. phoenixazul called me a runnergirl so thanks i felt really chuffed i did the race, ran all of it, and left nothing on the course

also...the race itself is amazingly organised, free refreshments after, kilometer markers and good, friendly stewarding. thanks all

Last updated: 2006-10-03 12:00 AM
00:33:44 | 03.11 miles | 10m 51s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Performance: Good
Course: The 5k runs take place every first Sunday of the month. The course is flat, traffic free and inside the park – road/tarmac surface. It is under UK Athletics Rules and it is certified accurate 5k by UK Athletics. The race is ideal for novices, joggers and power-walkers, but it is also a fast course for experienced runners. it is three loops and was a bit sliedy because of the fallen leaves and general dampness.
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?
Post race activities: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

2006-10-04 1:39 PM

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brummie land
Subject: Alexandra Park 5ks
race report is finally up! feel free to lavish love and attention possum ;)

Edited by sappho96 2006-10-04 1:40 PM

2006-10-04 1:44 PM
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Subject: RE: Alexandra Park 5ks

love and attention

love and attention

love and attention

love and attention

love and attention

love and attention

How's that? Pretty chuffy, eh?  WELL DONE, you runner, you! 

2006-10-04 1:47 PM
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Oh you go girl!!!!!

Well done!

2006-10-05 8:06 AM
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Winder, GA
Subject: RE: Alexandra Park 5ks
Nice work on running the whole race! I don't know how to warm up before a running event either! Next weekend I'm doing my first 5k in about 10 years and first since starting to train for tri's. I hadn't really thought about how to warm up without being on the bike first, thanks for bringing it up!
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