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Saratoga Springs, New York
United States
60F / 16C
Sunny
Total Time = 00m
Overall Rank = /
Age Group =
Age Group Rank = 0/
Pre-race routine:

1/2 bagel with cream cheese
some water
I was thirsty
Ran for 5 minutes

Event warmup:

Ran for 5 minutes
Run
  • 34m 12s
  • 3.1 miles
  • 11m 02s  min/mile
Comments:

No water at Mile 2 - not that it would have helped. First mile: around 10 minutes. Second mile: 20:30. Third mile: interminable.
What would you do differently?:

Not weigh 173 pounds
Post race
Warm down:

I cried, and sat down after I caught my breath. My face was all hot and red, like it used to get when I smoked.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Weight.

Event comments:

One bathroom in the area for all the runners - about 40 people on line. There were some down the street, but no one told us about them.




Last updated: 2007-09-21 12:00 AM
Running
00:34:12 | 03.1 miles | 11m 02s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Performance: Bad
Avg HR 183 High HR 203
Course: The end was uphill - it pretty much kicked my ass
Keeping cool Good Drinking Not enough
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 2
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? No
Evaluation
Course challenge Just right
Organized? No
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? No
Post race activities:
Race evaluation [1-5] 3

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2007-09-23 9:14 AM

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2007-09-23 12:54 PM
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hey, you finished--even with a big a## hill at the end1  Keep strong and keep moving, someday it will get easier (at lleast I keep telling myself that on bad runs)
2007-09-23 1:12 PM
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Thanks, zipp. I am less upset now. My coach said that I have not been training for a speedier race such as a 5K, so to not be upset.
Nancy
2007-09-23 3:11 PM
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Nancy,
Running does get easier.  Running a tri is different than running a 5K.  As you keep training I am sure you will pick up speed and drop time.  Good job getting the better of the course.
2007-09-23 3:55 PM
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Thanks for the encouragment - it was a tough morning!!!
2007-09-23 4:53 PM
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Hey, I think you did great! I'm at least as slow as you are... some days much slower! Much much slower. *sigh*

Keep up the training and the weight will melt off. It takes a couple of years. I started this whole thing weighing in around 175. I've been at it for 5 years and now I'm down around 160. Still alot of body to move around, but I'm so much more fit and healthy!

Give yourself a great big hug! Laughing And keep up the good work.

Do you incorporate a walk/run? You might want to think about it. I resisted for a LONG time, but honest to God it's the ONLY way I got through my 17 miler yesterday. It's better (for me, at least) to have a scheduled walk break. I've been just taking one when I felt like it. But for longer distances, scheduling is where it's at.

You may want to give it a try. Some of us just can't take the pounding of running. But hey, we have our OTHER strengths! Laughing I know you're a great swimmer... and pretty hot on the bike too!     

Congratulations!  



2007-09-23 9:25 PM
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Thanks, Whizzz...and I am looking forward to your race report!!!
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2007-09-23 10:55 PM
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I'll get that done... eventually... promise.
2007-09-25 12:33 PM
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Nancy,

You did great! 5Ks and 10Ks have a lot of fast runners participating as I found out this past weekend. The women who finished at the top of my AG were averaging about a 7:30 per mile pace. Yikes, I can't even do that for one mile much less 6.2.

Running fast takes a lot of work. I don't know about you but I would rather keep working hard on my biking instead. Let those skinny, weany little runners go fast. You would kick their butts swimming and biking.

You will get there just give it some time. Swimming and biking will also help your overall aerobic capacity which should also help your running.
2007-09-25 12:33 PM
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Nancy,

You did great! 5Ks and 10Ks have a lot of fast runners participating as I found out this past weekend. The women who finished at the top of my AG were averaging about a 7:30 per mile pace. Yikes, I can't even do that for one mile much less 6.2.

Running fast takes a lot of work. I don't know about you but I would rather keep working hard on my biking instead. Let those skinny, weany little runners go fast. You would kick their butts swimming and biking.

You will get there just give it some time. Swimming and biking will also help your overall aerobic capacity which should also help your running.
2007-09-25 12:35 PM
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Nancy,

You did great! 5Ks and 10Ks have a lot of fast runners participating as I found out this past weekend. The women who finished at the top of my AG were averaging about a 7:30 per mile pace. Yikes, I can't do that for one mile much less 3.1 or 6.2.

Running fast takes a lot of work. I don't know about you but I would rather keep working hard on my biking instead. Let those skinny, weany little runners go fast. You would kick their butts swimming and biking.

Be good to yourself and be proud that you are out there getting fitter every day!



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