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Mesa Turkey Trot - Run10k

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Mesa, Arizona
United States
Sertoma Club of Mesa
70F / 21C
Total Time = 37m 55s
Overall Rank = 36/2240
Age Group = 35-39
Age Group Rank = 5/107
Pre-race routine:

Drove to race - 20 miles - ran up to registration. A TON of people were here for this event - 10k/2mile/and 1 mile walk.
Event warmup:

Ran 15'warm up, BMG drills, and 2 x 15"pick ups.
  • 37m 55s
  • 6.21 miles
  • 06m 07s  min/mile

Started out easy, probably top 100 or so - went through mile 1 in 6:05. I thought I was running harder than that so I was expecting to see 5:50 or better. I hooked up with a 16 yr old kid - we picked off many people going toward mile 2 - went through 2 miles in 11:50 (5:45) so that couldn't have been right. We continued to move up and went through mile 3 in 18:01 (6:11) and I thought the effort was right for 6:00 pace but the miles were definitely off - not to worry, I just kept pushing this 16 yr old and we kept working together to catch people. At mile 4 we were 24:06 - so IF the mile marker was right, we were running right about what I thought I would do for the day. Then we caught and passed a group of 5 guys - moved on to mile 5 and the time was 30:30 (wtf??) how could I be picking up the pace, passing people and run a 6:24. Nuts. Unless I was running up a pretty good grade or losing it, would I fall off that much. Anyway, we pushed on and hit mile 6 at 36:45 - a 6:15 mile - and this was down hill, smelling the barn type mile - my 16 yr old buddy pulled over and puked - I ended up running the last 400m in 1:10 - no way is that right either. Either way - good effort for the day on tired legs. Pacing was good depite the course and I was pleased with the effort. Mesa sits as 1250 so not quite sea level but my legs felt good even after the 2:40 run on Tuesday. I am sure the 8-9 hours of sleep have helped.
What would you do differently?:

Post race
Warm down:

Ran 1 mile back to the car.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Nothing, raced as hard as I could.

Event comments:

Good race. I'll be back in two years.

Last updated: 2006-11-25 12:00 AM
00:37:55 | 06.21 miles | 06m 07s  min/mile
Age Group: 5/107
Overall: 36/2240
Performance: Good
Course: Kind of a figure 8.
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

2006-11-25 9:07 AM

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Boulder, Colorado
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2006-11-25 10:19 AM
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Carlsbad, California
Subject: RE: Mesa Turkey Trot
Umm, Isn't a Turkey Trot supposed to be a "Fun Run"

Sounds like you really cranked this race. 36th Overall and 5th AG is very cool.

Good On Ya
2006-11-25 10:31 AM
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Fountain Hills, AZ
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Hey Mike, wish I had known you were coming down to run that, I would have done it with 'ya.
2006-11-25 11:48 AM
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Subject: RE: Mesa Turkey Trot were smokin.  Great race! Guess the youngen just ate to much turkey.
2006-11-25 3:32 PM
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Cycling Guru
Fulton, MD
Subject: RE: Mesa Turkey Trot
Very nice! Smokin' 10k time! Congrats.
2006-11-26 8:19 AM
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Evergreen, Colorado
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You are still one really fast old dude....

2006-11-26 9:08 AM
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Cinnaminson, NJ
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very nice race Mike.
2006-11-26 7:46 PM
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Virginia Beach, VA
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Nice race Mike!  Sounds like the kid didn't want to let the "old guy" beat him...way to to keep him honest coming down the final stretch
2006-11-29 12:01 AM
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I thought I saw your name in the race results. I didn't think that Mike Ricci could run a 37 minute 10k especially the night after playing against the NJ Devils, so I said hmmm is that the BT guy?

I ran the race sick.
2006-12-04 1:15 AM
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Nice job. Sounds like a great race and I'm sure your altitude training helped.
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