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NYRR Gridiron Classic (4M)/Longest Football - Run4 Mile

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New York, New York
United States
New York Road Runners
18F / -8C
Total Time = 32m 28s
Overall Rank = 954/2496
Age Group = 35-39
Age Group Rank = 370/861
Pre-race routine:

Had a pb&j and a glass of accellerade at home. Stopped at a diner for coffee. Started up conversations with two other runners (who weren't together) and it turned out we had all gone to the same college. Funny. Had a gel about 15 minutes before the run, and just tried to stay warm.
Event warmup:

Kept moving. Cold cold cold.
  • 32m 28s
  • 4 miles
  • 08m 07s  min/mile

I set my "virtual training partner" to 8:45. I carried a small (8oz) bottle of accellerade with me. I was pretty far back in the corrall, so when the horn went off, apropos of Super Bowl Sunday, I found two big, fast guys in front of me, and used them like my fullback/tight end, and just followed them through the holes they made. Once I got into the open, I sped up a little. My plan was to pass a few people on each downhill and try to avoid getting passed (ex by really fast people) on inclines, and keep steady on the flats. I never really found anyone to pace with, but I kept trying to get further ahead of my "virtual" partner. At one mile, I was .10miles ahead, and I knew I was doing well. I tossed my bottle at mile two, and was .33 miles ahead of him. Still didn't really push, but just tried to keep a steady, quick turnover and keep churning. Passed up the water stop (frozen anyway). By mile 4, I knew I was well ahead of my goal pace of 8:45. I had enough left for a good kick at the end. Garmin showed 4 miles with about 100 yeards to go, but the time reflects timing mat at start to timing mat at finish, so (amazingly) I think the pace is correct. I'm pretty proud of myself--it's much faster than I expected, and I SMASHED my virtual partner! Who's your virtual daddy?! What!
What would you do differently?:

I don't think I'd do anything different. It was really fun, and I'm happy with the result.
Oh--one thing. I'd bring a phone that worked so I could find my fellow BT-ers after the race. Sorry Jen, Mary, Emily et al. Next time!
Post race
Warm down:

Ate an apple and drank a partially fozen cup of water. Walked back across the part to get my coat.

Event comments:

My first-ever stand-alone running event.

Last updated: 2007-01-09 12:00 AM
00:32:28 | 04 miles | 08m 07s  min/mile
Age Group: 370/861
Overall: 954/2496
Performance: Good
HR avergeged 164 and peaked at 183. Felt comfortable for the whole run.
Course: About 3/4 of the short CP loop. No major uphills or downhills.
Keeping cool Drinking
Post race
Weight change: %
Mental exertion [1-5]
Physical exertion [1-5]
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks?
Post race activities:
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

2007-02-04 11:12 AM

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Brooklyn, NY
Subject: NYRR Gridiron Classic (4M)/Longest Football

2007-02-04 12:19 PM
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Columbus, Ohio
Subject: RE: NYRR Gridiron Classic (4M)/Longest Football
Nice job!  You would have totally smoked me.  I was hoping you would call my cell.  There I was looking around for a mummified guy wearing acid green sneakers.... oh wells. Next time!  Enjoy super bowl Sunday!
2007-02-04 12:38 PM
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Extreme Veteran
Subject: RE: NYRR Gridiron Classic (4M)/Longest Football
Nice run.  Way to use those fullbacks to get through the crowd!  Kinda like your two personal bodyguards! 
2007-02-04 3:51 PM
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Ann Arbor, MI
Subject: RE: NYRR Gridiron Classic (4M)/Longest Football
Awesome job on the race! Way to smoke that pokey virtual partner. That's so cool that there were 2 random Cornellians there- we're everywhere!
2007-02-04 4:07 PM
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Clifton, NJ
Subject: RE: NYRR Gridiron Classic (4M)/Longest Football
wish i'd thought of using big people to make a way through the masses! nice going! you must get the cell situation worked out, b/c would'a been nice to hook up and compare frozen digit stories, etc... great job! see you at the next race!
2007-02-05 8:33 AM
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New Jersey
Subject: RE: NYRR Gridiron Classic (4M)/Longest Football
Congratulations on blowing away your goal. And in such conditions. I ran it too. The wait at the beginning was the worst part!

2007-02-06 12:57 PM
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Subject: RE: NYRR Gridiron Classic (4M)/Longest Football

Great job on the run! It's nice to make a goal and meet it! I don't know how you guys do it in the cold! Congrats.

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