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Almond Bowl - Run10k

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Chico, California
United States
Chicor Running Club
50F / 10C
Total Time = 48m 8s
Overall Rank = 84/289
Age Group = 45-50
Age Group Rank = 9/14
Pre-race routine:

Toast with Peanut butter around 6:30 AM, bananna at 7:00, couple of cups of coffee.

Event warmup:

Had a GU about 45 minutes before the start. Did some light stretching, some walking, and a few short runs to try to get my race pace firmly implanted in my head.
  • 48m 8s
  • 6.2 miles
  • 07m 46s  min/mile

This was was the best I have ever ran a 10K. My plan going into the race was to try to hold 7 minute, 30 second miles across all 6.2 miles. I was a little quick on the first mile with a 7'18", my second mile was perfect, and then it started getting a little harder to maintain that pace. I had hoped to be able to break 48 minutes for this race - but I missed it by eight seconds!!! Actually, 4 of those seconds were waiting for the people in front of me to get out of the way when the gun went off!!

Last year I did this same race, but it was a straight six mile course - and finished it in 48 minutes, 48 seconds. This year they added 0.2 miles, and I finished it 40 seconds quicker.

While I was no where near placing in my age group, this was a huge personal best for me - dropping my pace of 8 minutes and 8 seconds per mile last year to 7 minutes and 46 seconds per mile. This gives me hope that even after 4 years of pretty consistent running, I have not yet peaked - even though I just turned 46 years old. Maybe those visions of clicking off 6 minute miles are not entirely a fantasy.....

This also tells me that my current program - of weights (leg strength) and high intensity treadmill work (along with the usual swimming and biking) is helping improve my ability to run faster - So I will keep doing it. My next planned race is the Almond Blossom in February - hopefully my training program will place me on the winners podium for that race again next year.

What would you do differently?:

Nothing - everything clicked for this race. I started out pretty close to the front which was a good decision - the group was pretty tightly packed for about the first mile or two.
Post race
Warm down:

Walked around a bit, met up with my wife who gave me a big hug and congratulated me. Cheered some of the other runners on as they came in.

Drank some water, a Knudsen Recharge, and some yummy rice cake cracker things that were really good.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Heart and lung capacity.

Event comments:

Good overall race - lots of runners this year. Good sponsors, and lots of good stuff at the end of the race.

Last updated: 2006-11-05 12:00 AM
00:48:08 | 06.2 miles | 07m 46s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/14
Overall: 0/289
Performance: Good
Splits: Mile 1 7'18" Mile 2 7'35" Mile 3 7'57" Mile 4 7'45" Mile 5 7'56" Mile 6 7'54" Mile 6.2 1'37"
Course: Bidwell Park Loop - one time
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 5
Physical exertion [1-5] 5
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

2006-11-06 10:14 PM

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Durham, CA
Subject: Almond Bowl

2006-11-09 5:54 PM
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northeast Ohio
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Whoo hoo!!!! Congrats on the PB!!!!  Very cool!!!!
2006-11-10 6:47 PM
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San Mateo, CA
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Nice job!
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