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Seattle, Washington
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50F / 10C
Overcast
Total Time = 40m 50s
Overall Rank = 18/865
Age Group = 25-29
Age Group Rank = 1/82
Pre-race routine:

Friday I participated in the Fremont Briefcase 5K relay. There were 5 of us dressed as the Golden Girls. Naturally, I was Blanche.

We were obviously rookies at this event as we probably had the biggest briefcase in the event. Part of the rules stated that we had to have 5 cans of food (to donate afterwards) in the briefcase. Additionally we placed all of our stuff in there; phones, keys, jackets etc.

Big mistake. Have you ever tried to run .6 miles with a 25 lb. bag over your shoulder? Yeah ... why would you?

Anyway, my ribs are bruised and my shoulder is terribly sore but we didn't come in last place!!! And for that, us grannies can be proud!
Event warmup:

My training partner picked up my packet for me, and for that I am so grateful!!!! Life has been overwhelming and I don't seem to have enough hours in the day.

Anyway, I met her and some other members of our running club and we did a nice warm-up. Other than my bruised ribs and gimpy shoulder, I felt pretty good. It's taken a long time to get the hop back into my step since Boston but I'm finally starting to feel myself.

There were a lot more people in this event than I thought there would be. 865, in fact, and that was just the 10K!!!


Run
  • 40m 50s
  • 6.2 miles
  • 06m 34s  min/mile
Comments:

My assignment to myself was to work on a more technical race. Meaning, running tangents more efficiently (IE the opposite of Boston where I resembled a ping pong ball,) focusing on leg turn over throughout, increasing it on the hills and running my OWN race.

Our running club had a strong presence which meant a very competitive field. This just solidified the point that I needed to run my own race and not get caught up in anyone else's.

I really wanted to not temp myself to start out too quickly so I didn't line up right in front. I hung back just a bit. The gun fired and off we went. I felt smooth and relaxed. 100% opposite of the way I felt at the 5K a few weeks ago. I think my legs are FINALLY coming alive after Boston.

I was really trying to focus on making good decisions, running the tangents and keeping my body smooth and relaxed. I didn't even break a sweat until about mile 3. I made a mental note of this because I had a sneaking suspicion I perhaps was going TOO conservative. It has been nearly a year since I raced a 10K and you kind of forget the different race tempos.

In the first 200 meters or so, a woman passed me quite definitively. I was impressed and let her go. Putting ego aside and staying in my own race.

Right about mile 3 I was beginning to close in on her. It's really difficult when you can see yourself making progress on someone, not to get too caught up in reeling them in and get off pace, especially with over 3 miles left to go in a race. I was trying to not even look at her and just focus on the course.

Just before the first hill, my pace carried me past her. I increased my turnover and glided up the hill, nice and easy just like I was trying to do, and then powered over the crest and let my momentum take me over the backside. She lost a lot of ground on the uphill and then bolted down the back, passing me.
I could tell the hill took a lot out of her as her breath was very labored. I went ahead and let her go and just tried to stay on my pace. We hit mile 4 and I felt extremely fresh. Too fresh, in fact. I increased my pace a little, being cautious because I knew the longer hill was coming up.

We hit the hill and again I increased my leg turnover, on a tactical note, I really didn't want to pass the woman yet as I prefer to run from behind but it happened here on the hill. I passed her and immediately put just a ton of distance between us. Hills, quite randomly, happen to be my biggest strength. I eat people alive on the hills, even when I go up conservatively. I crested the hill, powering over it, saw the mile 5 marker and charged it.

I felt WAY too fresh at this point and decided I had plenty of wiggle room to be a little reckless. This is the best I have ever felt in a race. I started reeling in people left and right. I knew the other women were out of my grasp (or at least was pretty sure) so it wasn't really a race for placing. It was just essentially seeing how fast I could run a mile at the end of a 5 mile warm up.

There was a long straight away where I ran past the 6 mile marker then we turned a hard 90 degree corner and into the chute.I kicked in another gear and full on sprinted to the finish.

I was 5th women overall, which surprised me considering the very competitive field and my mistakes.

HO-LY hell. I've never left so much in the tank!!! So, I waited for A to finish, we got some water and ran the course the opposite direction :)
What would you do differently?:

Not run the first 5 miles so conservatively!

But the other stuff that I was trying to work on was excellently executed!
Post race
Warm down:

Water
Said Hello to some people
Ran back



What limited your ability to perform faster:

Too conservative

Event comments:

This is one of my favorite events in Seattle. I had only ever done the 5K and loved it, but the 10K was even better.

Fan-forkin-tastic.

I would totally recommend this


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Last updated: 2013-06-07 12:00 AM
Running
00:40:50 | 06.2 miles | 06m 34s  min/mile
Age Group: 1/82
Overall: 18/865
Performance: Below average
Course: A point to point along lake Washington. It's fairly flat, but has an overall upward trend into Madison Park. There were two notable hills, one short steep one and another one that is just over a half mile long.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5]
Good race? Ok
Evaluation
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] 5

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2013-06-10 11:56 AM

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2013-06-10 12:13 PM
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OK, you went out too conservative and still take #1 in your AG! Wow, you are a running stud.

Seriously though, good job on working on the technical aspects. I am always impressed with your desire to improve.

2013-06-10 12:18 PM
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Great race report!  I'm so glad that you are feeling good again! Woo hoo!

I think that you forgot to mention winning your age group ;-)

2013-06-10 1:28 PM
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Originally posted by cdban66

OK, you went out too conservative and still take #1 in your AG! Wow, you are a running stud.

Seriously though, good job on working on the technical aspects. I am always impressed with your desire to improve.

Yeah, it's definitely the party I often neglect. It felt good to work on it. 

And thank you! Smile

2013-06-10 1:32 PM
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Dayum! You are HOT! AG win!!!!!!!!!!!!! I'm glad you are starting to feel better again after Boston and that the race went (mostly) how you wanted. You're my hero Embarassed
2013-06-10 2:00 PM
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Great race. Congrats on another awesome performance.

So you've got everything pegged from a 5k to a marathon. That's fanatastic to have that kind of range of speed and endurance. Keep up the good work.


2013-06-10 4:52 PM
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Originally posted by popsracer Great race. Congrats on another awesome performance. So you've got everything pegged from a 5k to a marathon. That's fanatastic to have that kind of range of speed and endurance. Keep up the good work.

Thanks! Haha, I dunno about pegged quite yet. I've got a long way to go. But I do feel that I've got the range to improve in all distances. 

Thanks again!

2013-06-10 5:13 PM
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A 40 minute 10K is conservative pacing?  Holy smokes you are one fast lady!!
2013-06-10 10:42 PM
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Yes, yes, yes!! Of course you won your AG. Seems like you learned some things about yourself/running in this one. Congrats!! Always love re-living the races with you through your RR. 
2013-06-10 11:35 PM
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Originally posted by Asalzwed

Yeah, it's definitely the party I often neglect.



Is that your final answer?

Nice run, too. "I eat people alive on hills" - I like that one. At least, as long as I'm not in your sights on a climb.
2013-06-11 9:27 AM
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Originally posted by colinphillips
Originally posted by Asalzwed

Yeah, it's definitely the party I often neglect.

Is that your final answer? Nice run, too. "I eat people alive on hills" - I like that one. At least, as long as I'm not in your sights on a climb.

Ah! Leave it to you to find all of my many typos and grammatical errors. Obviously I NEVER neglect a party. Smile



2013-06-11 12:27 PM
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2013-06-12 1:43 PM
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Loved reading your RR, Salty, especially the dramatic yo-yo battle with the other lady (glad you dusted her without trying!).  Great race!  Keep up the awesome work and congrats on 5th OA and 1 AG!
2013-06-12 2:34 PM
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I *still* think the Blanche picture is hotter. You're going to age very nicely!

As for the 10K ... YOU WON YOU WON YOU WON!

Not that you won your age group--that too--but that you practiced and accomplished everything important that this race was for.

2013-06-12 3:01 PM
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Blanche rocks!
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