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Almond Bowl - Run10k

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Chico, California
United States
Chicor Running Club
60F / 16C
Total Time = 47m 21s
Overall Rank = 66/272
Age Group = 45-49
Age Group Rank = 6/16
Pre-race routine:

Oatmeal, with 1/2 bannana, and a chocolate GU 45 minutes before race time.
All my muscles were pretty stiff, so I spend quite a bit of time trying to loosen up a bit.
Event warmup:

Pace runs, stretching, and such.
  • 47m 21s
  • 6.2 miles
  • 07m 38s  min/mile

As usual, in spite of my best efforts, my first mile was too fast - with a 7'14" time. I tried to pace myself after that, but after mile two I knew I was slowing down - but I tried my hardest to keep a 7:30 pace overall. From the quick mental calculations I was doing on the fly, I need that I had a good chance to PR this race - and beat the elusive 48 minutes I have been trying to beat for the last two years.

Keep everything going strong until the last 1.2 miles, then I tried to convince myself to speed up - but it doesn't look like it worked very well from my mile splits. Anyway, made it to the 6 mile point, and I just gave it everything I had - came careening thru the gate, totally out of breath, and barely able to stay vertical. I glanced at the clock as I came thur, and saw 47'21" - SWEET!!!

So, not only did I break 48 minutes, but I cut almost a full minute off my time from last year, for a new PR for the 10K distance.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing, other than not destroy my legs on hill repeats and hill runs four days before the race. This was an overall awesome weekend - I reached my Goal Weight on Saturday, for the first time since about 1975, and then on Sunday I PR a 10K - it doesn't get much better than that!!!
Post race
Warm down:

Walked around, gave my wife a good sweaty hug, and tasted the food/drink samplings.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Lack of high intensity training. I have just started on a new program of track workouts (still trying to break a 6 minute mile), hill repeats and hill running. That seems to be helping (plus the fact that I am 5 pounds lighter this year probably also helped).

Event comments:

Chico Running Club does an awesome job. Lots of volunteers, lots of food and water, and perfect weather!!!

Plus, they had full results posted within 24 hours of the race!!!!

Last updated: 2007-11-04 12:00 AM
00:47:21 | 06.2 miles | 07m 38s  min/mile
Age Group: 6/16
Overall: 0/272
Performance: Good
mile 1 7'16" mile 2 7'28" mile 3 7'42" mile 4 7'43" mile 5 7'47" mile 6 7'49 mile 6.2 1'32"
Course: One lap around Bidwell Park
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
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: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

2007-11-06 7:34 AM

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