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Cajun Cup 10K - Run10k

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Lafayette, Louisiana
United States
50F / 10C
Total Time = 46m 29s
Overall Rank = 89/568
Age Group = 50-54
Age Group Rank = 9/34
Pre-race routine:

Woke up, bagels and coffee, showered, shaved, and drove twenty minutes to site. Woke up at 4:30, so I had two hours to leisurely prepare. Haley and Angel woke up about 5:30, Haley was in good spirits despite cold-cocking hereself on the top bunk of the boys' beds.

Parked at bank, co-workers Mike and Eric ere there with the crew, Bill and his family drove up shortly, then we walked the three blocks to the park.
Event warmup:

Jogged the three blocks or so to the car and back so that Haley could drop her pants.

Temperatures started in the low 40s, with the wind I was cold even wearing my long-sleeve. By the start an hour later it had warmed enough that I did the race with the LS around my waist. Perfect weather.
  • 46m 28s
  • 6.2 miles
  • 07m 29s  min/mile

Really, I run only two 10Ks a year, Cajun Cup and Crescent City Classic. Lately I've been running these as part of my long runs with my perpetual marathon training, It's been two years since I *raced* a 10K, so I had only a vague idea of what I could/should do. My PR was set here in 2003 at 48:31, so I figured I'd shoot for a sub-50 and see what happened. Problem was, I didn't do the pre-race math to see what a sub-50 pace equalled, so I pretty much just ran this one by feel.

Started back with Haley and Bill who were going to "loaf" the course, ended up having to wind my way through slower runners for the first 1/2 mile or so. Finally got in a groove where I could run forward instead of side-to-side, found a pace that would just hold the diaphragm stitch in abeyance.

Running through the subdivision off of Johnson I saw Dr. Nix about 50 feet ahead of me. Doc is part of our Wednesday cycking group, and a good runner, so I settled in there and maintained that gap behind him. Every time I tried to close, the diaphragm would start to stitch, so it turned out he was a good pace for me, except that he he faded at Mile 5.

When we turned north on Congress, the wind hit us head on and you could immediately see your pace drop. Felt the wind hard for most of Mile Four (see splits) then we got into the trees in the Saints Streets area and it wasn't so bad.

Toward the end I passed maybe half a dozen people, turned out one of them was my MUCH YOUNGER coworker Eric, he said he tried to catch me back down the stretch but came up a little short, two seconds behind me. I flat-out sprinted the whole length of Jefferson Street, which was about the last half-mile of the course.

Here are the splits per Garmin. Laps were right on the mile markers until Mile 4, which looked to be 1/10 of a mile long as marked on the course. Subsequent miles were consisitent with that, so I'm saying the whole course was 9/100s long, and that extra distance is in the last segment of the race (.29 instead of .2):

Mile Time
1 7:35
2 7:25
3 7:17
4 7:42
5 7:32
6 7:15
0.29 1:47 (6:14 pace!)

Ended up PRing by over two minutes!

What would you do differently?:

Nothing. This was a pretty good effort.
Post race
Warm down:

Jogged on to the park to get water and some oranges, then jogged back and waited (and waited, and waited ;)) for Haley and Bill to finish.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Genetics? Gotta keep pushing the envelope...

Event comments:

Always a great event, this is the largest local running event, a shame they can't get more than 600 participants in a community of 100,000 people with 1 million people living within an hour's drive. Good course, great weather, excellent party afterward with jambalaya, free beer, and Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys providing musical entertainment. Of course it was made more pleasurable that fellow BTers, Bill & Haley the Comet were rocking around the clock, or at least having good fun.

Last updated: 2006-10-03 12:00 AM
00:46:28 | 06.2 miles | 07m 29s  min/mile
Age Group: 9/34
Overall: 89/568
Performance: Good
Course: This is the "new" course that starts downtown, nearly a rectangle with long, straight stretches down Johnston, South College/Bertrand, then up Congress. Kind of dull, but flat and fast.
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

2006-11-05 10:04 AM

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2006-11-05 10:20 AM
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Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea
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But the real question is, will you reply to this or any other thread and tarnish that beautiful 10000 under your name?  Great race, Bear.  Mighty speedy!  I sure hope I'm able to run at all when I reach your advanced age much less rip out 7:30 miles.  Awesome running!

2006-11-05 11:39 AM
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2006-11-05 1:52 PM
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Fairport, NY
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Nice job, particularly that sprint at the end!

Like the new avatar too. 

2006-11-05 3:33 PM
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"and waited (and waited, and waited ) for Haley and Bill to finish...."

Heh... Nice race Bear. Great meeting you!

2006-11-05 3:50 PM
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Nice PR, John.

2006-11-05 5:21 PM
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Durham, CA
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Hey Bear,


Nicely done - those legs must have forgot that they were "OLD" this race. 

Enjoy your PR.



2006-11-05 6:31 PM
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Clifton, NJ
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awesome job!
great PR (especially on a race that your friend Al would've run with you - kind of like a tribute to him)
inspiring performance - thanks for sharing.
2006-11-05 7:25 PM
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McKinney, TX
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Congrats on the PR!!!  I guess losing the grass skirt does help your 10k time!
2006-11-05 8:55 PM
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Extreme Veteran
Northwest Louisiana
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Awesome race, Mr. Bear! You never cease to amaze me. I can't even run that fast in one mile, much less for six. Just promise to wait (and wait, and wait, and wait) for me at the Houston half!
2006-11-05 11:27 PM
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I cannot believe you have TEN THOUSAND posts on this site.  Does not compute - from what I recall, more than half of your posts are actually USEFUL, and it's hard for me to believe there would have been more than 5,000 useful things said around here... maybe I need to stop hanging out in COJ?

Anyway... GREAT RACE John!!! Congrats on the PR and on leaving all of your supposedly younger colleagues and BT friends in the dust. 

2006-11-06 8:09 AM
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Cycling Guru
Fulton, MD
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Congrats on the 10k PR!!

(And the 10k posts as well ....... )
2006-11-06 8:36 AM
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Houston, TX
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Great race Bear! Congrats on the PR!
2006-11-06 2:06 PM
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Nice job on the PR and nice mile splits.
2006-11-07 11:04 AM
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Mechanicsburg, PA
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Congratulations on the PR! That's about what my 5k PR looks like

2006-11-07 12:30 PM
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New Orleans, LA
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Oh Yeah! That's one fast little 10k you got there John!

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