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Run for the Ring 5K - Run5k

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College Station, Texas
United States
45F / 7C
Total Time = 20m 55s
Overall Rank = ~25/~300
Age Group = M45-49
Age Group Rank = 0/
Pre-race routine:

Not much. Had a terrible night's sleep. Turned off the alarm and overslept. Slammed down a bowl of cereal and drank some coffee on the way.

Drove like crazy to get there and was almost late.
Event warmup:

Ran from the truck to the sign-in table. Did some stretches. Pulled off my warm-ups and threw them down by a tree.

Pretty big crowd of mostly college kids made up of good athletes, casual runners, and some walkers.
  • 20m 55s
  • 3.11 miles
  • 06m 44s  min/mile

It was very windy and pretty chilly. We huddled around for a few minutes before the Corps of Cadets Parsons Mounted Cavalry fired the cannon to start the race.

I was about 10 feet back from the start line and took off in a sprint.

Got clear of the crowd and tried to settle into a steady pace. It's a short race and not much strategy; just go as fast as you can and not slow down.

A stiff headwind at times and a couple of slight hills made it interesting. Worked up a little sweat, but my hands were very cold.

The fast folks were out in front, and I was passed by a couple of college-aged kids towards the end, hung on and finished strong.
What would you do differently?:

Not much. I went into this race with the idea to go as hard as I could and even risking blowing up. Puking at the end would have been acceptable.

Kept my cereal down, but I developed a raw throat and slight cough from the effort. Kind of strange.

I PR'd, so that was good.
Post race
Warm down:

Put my warm-ups back on and walked around. Drank some Gatorade. Waited for the drawings for the prizes.

The number of contestants and my placing are estimates. I'm pretty sure there wasn't anybody older than me that finished in front of me. (The old guys are easy to spot in this crowd.)

Probably "won my AG" today. ;)

What limited your ability to perform faster:

General athletism. I'm not a college kid.

A decent night's sleep and standard food routine probably would've helped.

Event comments:

This race is put on by the Texas A&M Traditions Council that sponsors and supports the distribution of Aggie class rings.

Nothing sophisticated at this race; no chip timing, just a big clock at the finish line, and no formal age grouping.

After the race they draw for some nice door prizes and the grand prizes; four Aggie class rings (~$500 each), two for females and two for males. I was running for my oldest son who hasn't graduated yet, but my name wasn't drawn. ;(

A nice way to spend a Saturday morning.

Last updated: 2007-03-03 12:00 AM
00:20:55 | 03.11 miles | 06m 44s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/~300
Performance: Good
Course: Sidewalks and streets through the Texas A&M campus. Had to watch for all the curbs, cracks, and sunken walkways.
Keeping cool Drinking
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 5
Physical exertion [1-5] 5
Good race? Ok
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks?
Post race activities: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 3

2007-03-03 5:32 PM

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Waller County, TX
Subject: Run for the Ring 5K

2007-03-03 5:48 PM
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Frisco, Texas
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Wow.  Great race.  You are fast!


2007-03-03 5:51 PM
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Goodyear, AZ
Subject: RE: Run for the Ring
Great race- you are very fast- even with a headwind!
2007-03-05 8:52 AM
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Dallas, TX
Subject: RE: Run for the Ring
Great race!

So... your oldest son hasn't graduated yet? I thought Micha had graduted?

Well, great job on running as fast you did!
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