General Discussion Race Reports! » Ashland Railroad Run Rss Feed  
Moderators: Ron Reply

Ashland Railroad Run - Run


View Member's Race Log View other race reports
Ashland, Virginia
US
www.hanoverart.org
75F / 24C
Sunny
Total Time = 1h 02m 22s
Overall Rank = 157/248
Age Group = 50-55
Age Group Rank = 9/19
Pre-race routine:

Up early, grab my go to breakfast & head up to Ashland which is about 1 hour north from me.
Event warmup:

Packet pick up, bathroom stop. Watch the 5k and kids go out Cheer the kids coming back from their 1 mile. A little stretching.
Run
  • 1h 02m 22s
  • 10 kms
  • 06m 14s  min/km
Comments:

The packet pick up area was pretty shaded so I was cold enough to want my arm warmers. The first few miles were along Center St which is pretty open, full sun. I was managing to maintain about a 9:40 pace for them. Railroad track runs parallel to the road so it's a little disconcerting to be about 20 feet from a train as it passes by. Big median there, but a new experience for me.
I did pretty good picking people off and passing some, maintaining a steady effort for this section. I felt myself slow down as we zig zagged through the side street section for the 2 loops. Not a lot, but clearly not a negative split. Enjoyed the beautiful Victorian homes along the course--and a road aptly named Race Course Rd on the course made me giggle. Water stations were set up is two spots but with the out & back and then the 2 loop section there was plenty of opportunity to grab water. Ran through each of them and drank on the run.
The last little section was back on Center St which was again right out in the sun up a gentle grade.
What would you do differently?:

Not much, never ran the course before. Signed up just 2 or 3 days ago so this was not an A race at all--more like a C race.
Post race
Warm down:

Walked around, found a couple of the other Megsmile Supporters to meet up.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Legs decided what pace they were going to give me and I had to accept it for what it was.
It was pretty warm in that first section and the final stretch. Well shaded in the lops through the neighborhood.

Event comments:

Good race, I would run it again.




Last updated: 2014-04-23 12:00 AM
Running
01:02:22 | 10 kms | 06m 14s  min/km
Age Group: 9/19
Overall: 157/248
Performance: Good
Course: Straight out Center St and back, minimal grade changes. At about the 5K mark we turned into a neighborhood where we did a 2 loop section. The 2 loop part was nicely shaded.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? Yes
Evaluation
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Below average
Race evaluation [1-5] 3

{postbutton}
2014-04-26 11:02 AM

User image

Royal(PITA)
14042
500050002000200025
over the rainbow
Silver member
Subject: Ashland Railroad Run


2014-04-27 6:46 AM
in reply to: #4987393

User image

Pro
5058
50002525
Canandaigua NY
Silver member
Subject: RE: Ashland Railroad Run

Great race Judi!  Especially for a last minute addition to the schedule!

2014-04-27 2:06 PM
in reply to: #4987393

User image

Champion
6107
50001000100
Out running or enjoying a fine glass of red...
Subject: RE: Ashland Railroad Run
Nice race! I have always wondered about this one - too bad it conflicts with RTC Sprint...it sounds nice!
2014-04-27 9:41 PM
in reply to: #4987393

User image

Master
2443
200010010010010025
Close to Memphis
Silver member
Subject: RE: Ashland Railroad Run
nice work.
2014-04-28 6:35 AM
in reply to: #4987393

User image

Master
4778
20002000500100100252525
Paradise aka Englewood
Subject: RE: Ashland Railroad Run

Nicely done, it is really cool to see you getting your running mojo back!!!

2014-04-28 10:22 AM
in reply to: #4987393

User image

Pennsylvania
Subject: RE: Ashland Railroad Run

Glad you had a good race, Judi!  Sounds like a nice course, except for the close proximity of the trains, that would be a bit unnerving at first.  Race Course Road is definitely laugh-worthy!  Nice job, hope you continue to fall back in love with running.



2014-04-28 12:37 PM
in reply to: #4987393

User image

Master
4089
20002000252525
Raleigh, NC area
Bronze member
Subject: RE: Ashland Railroad Run

Nice race!  It sounds like fun :-)

2014-04-28 5:24 PM
in reply to: jmkizer

User image

Seattle
Subject: RE: Ashland Railroad Run

Glad to see you having FUN again! 

2014-04-29 9:24 AM
in reply to: Asalzwed

User image

Member
1162
10001002525
Simsbury, Connecticut
Subject: RE: Ashland Railroad Run
so you were faster than the train, right?

NICE JOB!!
2014-05-03 9:11 AM
in reply to: #4987393

User image

Melon Presser
51304
50005000500050005000500050005000500050001000100100100
Gold member
Subject: RE: Ashland Railroad Run

You had FUN, RUNNING. That's huge!

General Discussion-> Race Reports!
{postbutton}
General Discussion Race Reports! » Ashland Railroad Run Rss Feed  
RELATED POSTS

Mt. Ashland Hillclimb Run

Started by goran007
Views: 297 Posts: 1

2013-08-11 11:04 AM goran007

Ashland Railroad Run

Started by miche033
Views: 272 Posts: 1

2013-04-27 10:11 AM miche033

Frisco Railroad Run

Started by kjivie
Views: 563 Posts: 1

2011-04-30 2:22 PM kjivie

Galsburg Railroad Days Fun Run

Started by lortciger
Views: 293 Posts: 1

2010-06-27 12:05 AM lortciger

North Central Railroad Trail Marathon

Started by econway
Views: 774 Posts: 4

2004-12-01 2:27 PM econway
RELATED ARTICLES
date : February 28, 2012
author : greggseltzer
comments : 5
Why barefoot running is not suited for the average runner.
 
date : November 2, 2011
author : AMSSM
comments : 3
A doctor's take on how to safely transition to minimalist shoes and how to treat existing injuries
date : October 4, 2011
author : AMSSM
comments : 7
Sports medicine doc weighs in on the pros and cons of barefoot running
 
date : July 29, 2011
author : ahohl
comments : 1
Third in a series of three articles about the basics, the niceties and the luxuries
date : July 28, 2011
author : AMSSM
comments : 0
I can train for half marathons on pavement and on trails, but as soon as I change it up to gravel or loose dirt my knee swells and the pain it causes is unreal. Any ideas why this happens?
 
date : February 11, 2009
author : AMSSM
comments : 0
At 30 to 40 minutes into my run, my foot starts to go numb. If I keep going, the foot goes totally numb.
date : July 9, 2007
author : gsmacleod
comments : 0
Taking the time to have your running form analyzed can help many athletes run further, faster or both!
 
date : April 11, 2007
author : Coach AJ
comments : 0
Discussion on the walk/run technique, run injury and cadence, barefoot running, staying aero on long climbs and HIM preparation