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Andover, Massachusetts
United States
40F / 4C
Total Time = 47m 14s
Overall Rank = 1556/2496
Age Group = 40-49 F
Age Group Rank = 137/303
Pre-race routine:

got up @ 6:15 and got the kids up. 13-y-o son was running the 5-K race, the younger two running the kids fun run and then walking the 5K with Joe, April, Max and Patti. Managed to get them fed and hit the road at 7.
Event warmup:

Running to the kids run, as we barely made it in time... Found DK, Max, Patti, Joe and his wife April, Amanda, Scott and his family. Otherwise, just milling around and stanind in the portopotty line. Lost DK, Amanda and Scott while wating to pee. Oh well, son William is still with me. This is a big race with 7-8,000 folks running and walking.
  • 47m 14s
  • 4.97 miles
  • 09m 30s  min/mile

William and I crossed the starting mat 4 minutes after gun time and we slowly got started up the first hill. We hit mile one at @ 9:50. He was clearly wishing to go faster....I had to stop and use my asthma inhaler. Then I lost him. Oh well, guess I'll just run my race. Had a nice pace going...relaxed and steady. Somewhere after the 2 mile mark I hear "go Joanne". It was Scott. We chatted a bit then I moved on. Next I came upon DK, we chatted a bit...and then I moved on. This isthe third year I've done this race and it's a lot of fun. Lots of spectators are out cheering, a few houses always have music blasting for us, and there are several dixieland jazz groups playing along the way. It's like a big party. I picked up the pace a bit the last mile, remembering to save something for the finish, which is up a hill.
What would you do differently?:

Bring mittens for my 6-year-old daughter.
Post race
Warm down:

There was a huge bottlenec of folks after the finish line and found Amanda, who just ran her fastest 5 miles ever! We herded along with the masses, getting water, snacks, medals, and of course, the free apple pie!

Found son William near the pies (he then went into our car to eat his -- with no fork. Oh to be a 13 year-old boy!) Scott and DK found us and then we waited for the walkers. Thanks to Joe, April, Max and Patti for leeting Nick and Sam walk with them while William and I ran.

Event comments:

A MassBT tradition. No tailgate party this year, as several of us had to get going. DK did share some yummy cookies, though. Thanks!

Last updated: 2007-11-19 12:00 AM
00:47:14 | 04.97 miles | 09m 30s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/303
Overall: 0/2496
Performance: Good
Course: nice course through downtown Andover, MA. A few hills, nothing too bad.
Keeping cool Drinking
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Weight change: %
Mental exertion [1-5]
Physical exertion [1-5]
Good race?
Course challenge
Events on-time?
Lots of volunteers?
Plenty of drinks?
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Race evaluation [1-5]

2007-11-23 10:00 AM

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2007-11-23 10:02 AM
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Sounds fun Joanne ...Nice to have the family participating too.
2007-11-23 10:07 AM
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How did William do?  Fast Mom, fast son, I guess

Sugar rush on both boys?  That cookie Nick ate was really good - and bad!


2007-11-24 7:33 AM
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having fun with the kids
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had fun, hope to see evewryone again next year!!
2007-11-24 6:27 PM
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Sweet race~

Perfect day and how cool to run with your fast son! 

2007-11-24 6:41 PM
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Preferably on my bike somewhere
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Sounds like you had a good time! Good job - sorry I missed it.

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