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Jingle Bell 5k - Run5k

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Crest Hill, Illinois
United States
Lockport Park District
15F / -9C
Total Time = 31m 36s
Overall Rank = /
Age Group = F35-39
Age Group Rank = 0/
Pre-race routine:

Had a gel about 30 minutes beforehand.
Event warmup:

Nada. Stayed inside until the last possible moment.
  • 31m 36s
  • 3.1 miles
  • 10m 11s  min/mile

Yikes. This is by far the slowest, HARDEST 5k I've ever run!! It was held entirely on the Prairie Bluff golf course, and we slogged through about 6" of snow the entire way. There were short portions that were packed from people/ATV lead vehicle, but those were few and far between. The first mile was faster only because it started on the fairway and about a quarter mile of it the snow was more dense and didn't give as much. I tell ya, though - this race took a LOT of effort. About 1.5 miles in, I wiped out on some ice (nothing hurt, just a bruised knee) and spent the rest of the ract being extremely careful with my footing.

It was fun, a challenge and I'm glad I did it, but boy was it tough.
What would you do differently?:

I suppose I should have gone somewhere tropical for a couple of weeks before this to practice running on sand. :)
Post race
Warm down:

Back to the clubhouse for chili and cookies!

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Snow, snow, snow....

Event comments:

I enjoy this race ... in all the years I've done it, there's never ideal weather. Last year was icy and windy, this year 6" of snow dumped on us yesterday made it interesting. But - it draws a fast field and the post-race activities are awesome. Really tasty chili and the cookies are the best!

Last updated: 2006-12-02 12:00 AM
00:31:36 | 03.1 miles | 10m 11s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Performance: Average
Mile 1: 9:19 Mile 2: 10:24 Mile 3: 10:54
Course: Course was entirely on the Prairie Bluff gold course. Rolling hills and lots and lots of snow. Footing was pretty sketchy through most of it, and going up hills in 6" of snow proved to be pretty tiring.
Keeping cool Drinking
Post race
Weight change: %
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Too hard
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks?
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

2006-12-02 1:44 PM

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Subject: Jingle Bell 5k

2006-12-02 2:22 PM
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Cambridge, MA
Subject: RE: Jingle Bell 5k

Sure, fine, you were a little slow...but blame the snow!

Sorry about the wipeout at mid-point -- that will rack the nerves, try your patience with footing throughout the race.

At least the chili wasn't chilly at the end, right? 

2006-12-02 7:26 PM
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Subject: RE: Jingle Bell 5k
Great race congrates.  Looks like I shouldn't whine about a little wind and ony near freezing temps.  You did a great job sticking in there.  Hope the knee heals fast. 
2006-12-03 1:19 PM
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Granvile, Ohio
Subject: RE: Jingle Bell 5k
Wow, nice job in some really difficult conditions!  Don't think running on the sand will help with the snow and ice, so I'd recommend practicing AFTER the race!
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