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Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis - Run5k

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Denver, Colorado
United States
17F / -8C
Total Time = 22m 51s
Overall Rank = 30/370
Age Group = M40-49
Age Group Rank = 10/43
Pre-race routine:

Just enjoyed the festivities. It's fun to be in a race with dogs dressed up as reindeers and santas.
Event warmup:

Did a little warm up run and some easy drills.
  • 22m 51s
  • 3.11 miles
  • 07m 21s  min/mile

This was probably a bit dangerous, since we were mostly running on packed snow, slush, and some ice. Lost footing a couple of times.

Started out fast, in fifth place at about the first 1/2 mile mark. That didn't last long, but I was glad to be ahead of the Santa Dogs and Elf Children.

I'm guessing on this, but I think it worked out as follows:

First mile -- about 6:45
Second mile -- about 7:15
Third mile -- about 7:30

So, I'm a lot slower than last year, but that's cool.
What would you do differently?:

I didn't have much more than this, today. It was a pretty good race for me, and if I'm going to go faster then I'm going to have to train faster.
Post race
Warm down:

Cooling down is really easy in 17 degree weather. Just stop running, and you're immediately set!

Met some REALLY nice (and fast) folks from Fast Forward after the race -- Brian, Mary, & Gary. Looking forward to seeing them again at these little races.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

I'm pretty old to be doing this, so I need to invent a time machine. I also need to do more speed work -- like any speed work. I'm great going for hours, but it beats me up to go for just 25 minutes.

Event comments:

This was a wonderful little event. I was really pleased to see so many participants (probably a couple hundred) in such freezing cold weather. It's really great to run for a cause (in this case, Arthritis), and I made a decent donation, which wss better than just paying for a race registration.

It's just a joy to be a part of a little community activity like this, and makes me glad to be alive and ticking. Really pleased to finish this little race without being injured.

I may need to get some counseling for whatever competitive impulse makes it possible for me to kick a dog with phony antlers strapped to its head if it gets in my way (didn't happen, fortunately, but it's possible)....

Last updated: 2007-12-09 12:00 AM
00:22:51 | 03.11 miles | 07m 21s  min/mile
Age Group: 6/43
Overall: 30/370
Performance: Good
Course: Down the street and around Wash Park with a little extra tacked on.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Too easy
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 5

2007-12-09 1:16 PM

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