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Denver, Colorado
United States
Buckhorn Exchange
60F / 16C
Total Time = 2h 09m 3s
Overall Rank = /
Age Group = F 30-34
Age Group Rank = 0/
Pre-race routine:

Ate a bagel with peanut butter and honey. Filled my post-race bottle with endurox and ice. Ate a banana on the way to the race site, sipping water all along. Parked and hit the potty. Found Stacie, Cathy, and Mel, chatted for a bit.
Event warmup:

Did a quick jog to warm up, hit the potty again, and jumped in the throng along with Stacie and Mel.
  • 2h 09m 3s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 09m 51s  min/mile

I started out running with Stacie and Mel. We chatted for the first several miles, and I would periodically check my pace, but I figured as long as I was able to chat, the pace had to be pretty good. A couple miles in, I figured out that my watch wasn't picking up my HR info. I kind of felt like I was flying blind. Around mile 9-10, my right leg started to feel tight.

They only had aid stations every 2 miles, and I am used to drinking every mile, with a gel every 30 minutes. My gels were a bit more spread out than usual, and I was working on 1/2 as much water as I'm accustomed to. This might have had something to do with my leg issue.

Somewhere around mile 10, I realized that I had some good blisters going on my left foot. This meant that on any downhill, I really had to change my run to a heel-strike technique to keep from wanting to cry. Not ideal, but the change might actually have helped give my muscles a bit of a break.

Mile 12.5 was a big-ole hill--NOT NICE! My legs would have liked to have walked up that hill, but I knew the faster I got over, the faster I would get to the end and be able to take my shoes off! I came down off the hill, turned left, and could see that I was nearly there. Tried to pick up the pace towards the end, but a couple that was running together was in front of me, and I couldn't get around them. Finally, I saw a break, made a quick move, and "sprinted" to the finish line. Grabbed some water, found Stacie, and tried not to throw up.
What would you do differently?:

Bring my own fluids--water every 2 miles is just not enough for me. Also, this was pretty much just a training run for me, so I didn't really taper or do much preparation nutrition-wise.
Post race
Warm down:

Walked around a very little, found the BT crew, cheered in Cathy, talked to the BT crew for awhile, then went and grabed my gear bag to put on my sandles and drink my endurox. Stacie and I went for food. I knew they would have brats and burgers, so I fixed a burger. Took one bite, and realized it was raw. Ate the chips, then tried to find something else to eat--only thing I could find was the Naked Juice stand, and they were passing out dixie-cup servings of their smoothies. Took the lightrail back to the start, and headed home for an ice-bath and some food.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

No taper, no real nutrition prep, limited aid stations.

Event comments:

This is a good early-season race/training event. I would definitely like to see more aid stations on the course, and better post-race food. With a little more prep on my part, this could be a very nice race.

Last updated: 2007-03-26 12:00 AM
02:09:03 | 13.1 miles | 09m 51s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Performance: Average
Mile 1: 9:10.69 Mile 2: 8:55.52 Mile 3: 9:16.93 Mile 4: 9:34.79 Mile 5: 9:20.50 Mile 6: 9:52.63 Mile 7: 9:41.92 Mile 8: 10:06.92 Mile 9: 9:49.06 Mile 10: 10:17.62 Mile 11: 10:06.92 Mile 12: 10:21.19 Mile 13: 10:49.76--Big hill!
Course: Point-to-point mostly along the South Platte River Bike Trail--concrete.
Keeping cool Average Drinking Not enough
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
Good race? Ok
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? No
Post race activities: Below average
Race evaluation [1-5] 3

2007-04-02 10:31 AM

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Littleton, Colorado
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2007-04-02 11:48 AM
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Broomfield, Colorado
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I think you did awesome!  Great race! 

I forgot to tell you's a good thing you gave me your backpack.  the truck was already closed up when I ran over to drop off our stuff!  That would have sucked if they were done taking stuff!

2007-04-02 3:27 PM
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A very cool place in Colorado :)
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Nice race yesterday -- and you still had enough in you to SPRINT at the end?!? Way to step it up, woman 
2007-04-04 3:12 PM
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Haddonfield, NJ
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Great job. Not bad for a "training day"!!
2007-04-08 9:04 PM
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Dallas, TX
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Looks like a great run to me!

Great job on gutting it out through the blister(s). That would have have stopped me dead in my tracks.

I hear ya on water every 2 miles not being enough. Personally, I like being able to take a swig of water when I feel like it. I have this great water bottle with a strap on it that holds it to my hand easily. I ran with that at my last du. Worked out great.

Well, looks like you had a wonderful race... even though it was only training.
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