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Rudolph's Revenge 5k/10k - Run10k

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Littleton, Colorado
United States
Chatfield State Park
Total Time = 1h 01m 28s
Overall Rank = 172/236
Age Group = W 30-39
Age Group Rank = 33/53
Pre-race routine:

Slept in a bit, ate my traditional cinnamon raison english muffin with peanut butter and honey (yum!). I filled a couple of bottles for my fuel belt for my "long cool down" run post race, and headed to Chatfield. Picked up my packet, ran into Chris, Julia (and Alex and Max--thanks guys!), Melissa, Melissa's husband, Mark, and Ovetta.
Event warmup:

Ran with Chris for about 15 minutes. On the way back in, saw Cathy, Geli, and Ovetta doing their own warm up.
  • 1h 01m 28s
  • 6.25 miles
  • 09m 50s  min/mile

I think my training has been paying off! For the first 1 1/2 mile to the base of the dam, I kept checking my pace and couldn't believe it. I have never been able to break the 10:00 mile barrier in ANY run event, and I was seeing 9:30-9:40--and not feeling like I was going too hard! Ran with Cathy pretty much to the base of the dam, where she turned around, then ran with Melissa most of the rest of the way. At the top of the dam, Julia and the boys were cheering us on and gave me high fives! Tried to pick up the cadence on the way down the back side, and keep the pace high through the turn around and back to the base of the back side of the dam. Working my way up the back side hurt a bit. By the time I got to the top, I thought I might puke, but Julia and the boys were there again, cheering me on, and I didn't think puking in front of the kids would be a good idea, so I kept going. Picked up the cadence again on the way down the front side, and made the bike path turn off. There were still a couple more good steep climbs on the way back in, but I managed a pretty strong pace for the last ~1.2 miles. According to my GPS, I managed an average pace of 9:50 even with the hills! In a 10K! Rock on! :)
What would you do differently?:

Nada--this was a fantastic race for me.
Post race
Warm down:

Drank a couple cups of accelerade, chatted with the crew for a few minutes, then ran another 35 minutes at a nice easy pace.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

I probably need to do more speed work, but I am very happy with this race.

Event comments:

This is a great race to keep motivated in the winter. It was fantastic seeing everyone out there!

Last updated: 2006-12-16 12:00 AM
01:01:28 | 06.25 miles | 09m 50s  min/mile
Age Group: 33/53
Overall: 53/236
Performance: Good
Distance is according to my GPS. Split 1: 9.40.05 1.016 mi. AHR 174 Pace: 9:30 Split 2: 9.46.61 1.003 mi. AHR 184 Pace: 9:44 Split 3: 9.40.49 0.999 mi. AHR 177 Pace: 9:40 Split 4: 10.29.43 1.014 mi. AHR 180 Pace: 10:20 (Backside of Chatfield Dam) Split 5: 10.09.73 0.997 mi. AHR 181 Pace: 10:10 Split 6: 11.42.10 1.217 mi. AHR 181 Pace: 9:36
Course: Sort of an out and back, following the road out and over the dam, back over the dam, then veering off onto the bike path that runs parallel to the road for the rest of the return trip. Big hills!
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:
Race evaluation [1-5] 5

2006-12-17 11:36 AM

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Littleton, Colorado
Subject: Rudolph's Revenge 5k/10k

2006-12-17 9:19 PM
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Official BT Coach
Englewood, CO
Subject: RE: Rudolph's Revenge 5k/10k
Well then that is an awesome race!!   Great to see you!   Well done.
2006-12-17 9:27 PM
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, North Carolina
Subject: RE: Rudolph's Revenge 5k/10k
Congratulations on your race ... that was a challenging course and it looks like you handled it well.  I'm pretty new at this ... I've just been training about 6 months with no running, biking, or swimming background.  I'm having fun and enjoying every step of the way.  I'm going to do the Frosty Frozen 5 Mile in January ... it will be my first distance over a 5k.  My first tri will be the Boulder 5430 sprint in June.  Maybe we can designate a gathering place in January ... I would love to meet you and some of the others at the race.
2006-12-18 10:47 AM
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Denver, CO
Subject: RE: Rudolph's Revenge 5k/10k
I'm so glad you had a good race! It's probably a good thing you raced, just to see your improvement and to know that you're on track. I know that I often wonder if all this workout crap is doing any good!!! congrats!
2006-12-18 11:31 AM
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Subject: RE: Rudolph's Revenge 5k/10k
WOOHOO!!!  Nice job Shannon.  It was great to see you and great to see you enjoying a race even more   Keep up the good work and before you know it, you'll be running sub 10' miles for a half marathon!!  STAY HEALTHY
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