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Pasadena, CA
United States
SEG Events
72F / 22C
Total Time = 45m 32s
Overall Rank = 24/143
Age Group = 35-39
Age Group Rank = 3/15
Pre-race routine:

This one was pretty much in my backyard. Slept in until 7:00 and had a glass of water, then changed into my running duds.
Event warmup:

Picked up my bib, then stretched for about ten minutes. Legs were tights and heavy from a challenging week of training. Milling around near the start, I got a little wrapped up in looking over the other runners, wondering who was fast, how fast, etc. Should have minded my own business.
  • 45m 32s
  • 6.21 miles
  • 07m 20s  min/mile

Not the greatest run, although the time was decent for me. Went out with some of the frontrunners at the start, for no good reason whatsoever. Just caught up in the energy, adrenaline, what have you. Was thinking about AG medals, which is a stupid way to approach a little community run like this. Anyway, I paid for my stupidity, so there is justice in the world. Already knew what I'd done to myself at mile 2. Tried to reel it in a little, but it was too late. First lap time approx. 22:00. Dropped back off the pace as we started lap 2. Took a bit of water at 4.5 mi., which was probably too late. Acid in my guts by mile 5. Ran an easy half mile with hopes of building strong to the finish. Underwhelming results, however, as the sour stomach continued to affect me. Crossed the finish feeling pretty sure I was about to vomit. Didn't. And they say that miracles can't happen.
What would you do differently?:

I know better than to go out the way I did. I was just too interested in the wrong things to check the stupid impulses. I got my d@mn medal in the end (3rd in M35-39), but really it wasn't a run to be proud of.
Post race
Warm down:

A little bit of stretching. Gatorade and bananas.

What limited your ability to perform faster:


Last updated: 2006-11-08 12:00 AM
00:45:32 | 06.21 miles | 07m 20s  min/mile
Age Group: 3/15
Overall: 24/143
Performance: Average
Course: Two loops of the Rose Bowl, which looks flat, but has a couple of long, gentle grades along the way. I do most of my running there, so no surprises.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Not enough
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Below average
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
Good race? Ok
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? No
Lots of volunteers? No
Plenty of drinks? No
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 3

2006-11-20 10:56 AM

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Central New York
Subject: Pasadena Turkey Trot 10K

2006-11-21 8:06 AM
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lake forest, California
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Subject: RE: Pasadena Turkey Trot 10K
Sometimes achieving a decent finishing time isn't pretty- good job hanging in there!
Don't be so hard on yourself- at least you got the medal!
2006-11-21 5:10 PM
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Kansas City, MO
Subject: RE: Pasadena Turkey Trot 10K
Congrats on your race.  We learn something new at each one.  Good job!
2006-11-22 7:27 AM
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Sherman Oaks, CA
Subject: RE: Pasadena Turkey Trot 10K
What a great little race to learn from your errors. Although I think it was a good opportunity for you to go near the front and see where you were at. I did the same thing at my Rose Bowl race a few weeks ago and predictably got blown away, but I did like the feeling of being right at the starting line.

2006-11-22 8:51 AM
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Subject: RE: Pasadena Turkey Trot 10K

Man...I miss Pasadena. We used to live a couple miles east of the Rose Bowl, right off of  ,and I used to do l ots or road rides there. And I swam at the Rose Bowl Aquatics Center. And we used to ride from the house up to Brown Mountian or Mt. Wilson. Wow...I miss El Prieto. And Trader Joe's. And my damn Thomas Guide.

Oh...and great race!

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