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Valentine Run 15k RR (Read 23 times)


    The forecast:  12 degrees, feels like 4.  We got a bunch of snow on Thursday so I was worried the course wouldn't be clear but on Friday the RD sent out an email saying the roads were salted and would be clear and dry for the race. Whew.


    Thanks to all the advice on what to wear, I decided to go with compression shorts under tights on bottom and a long sleeve tech tee, short sleeved tech tee and windbreaker on top and a beanie. No gloves because my hands get hot.  This ended up being just about perfect. I was never too cold or too hot.


    Pre-race:  Got up at 4:15 am because the race was over 2 hours away.  Had a greek yogurt and a granola bar and a cup of coffee.  Had some trouble finding a place to park when we arrived so we were running a little late.  Jogged to packet pickup and back to the car to pin our bibs on and then jogged back to the start area. They were already doing the national anthem so I didn't have time for more warmup and only got in about .8 miles (I was planning to do 1.5-2 miles wu).


    Goal:  The point of this race was to check if I had gotten faster so sub-1:13 or a 7:50 pace was my goal.


    The splits:


    Mile 1      7:43      Ok, 7:45 pace and it doesn't feel terrible. Roads are pretty decent.

    Mile 2      7:54      Entered into a park. Roads are slippery and packed snow/ice. WTF, what happened to "clear and dry"? Slowed down a little due to the footing.

    Mile 3      7:29      Ahh, back on clear roads and slightly downhill. Much better. The girl running alongside me comments on my beautiful eyelash-sicles. I can see the ice on them Smile

    Mile 4      7:43      Nice and flat, clear roads. Working and breathing hard but it feels sustainable.

    Mile 5      7:38

    Mile 6      7:57      Ok now we're looping through a park again. Slippery roads for this mile. I slipped and almost fell but caught myself. Ugh.

    Mile 7      7:45      Back on clear roads. Just trying to hang on.

    Mile 8      8:05      3/4 of this mile was uphill. My legs were so tired and I tried but I just couldn't move them any faster.

    Mile 9      7:43      Back on flat ground. Just keep moving, it's almost over. Someone behind me says we're on pace for 1:12 something. Woooo, that made me feel better.

    Final .22    7:12      Hey, I thought it was supposed to be .32!


    Official finish time:  1:11:22 (Chip timed).  7:40 pace, 4/46 AG.   My Garmin average pace was 7:45 though.  A little disappointed about the short course but happy with my performance because this is faster than the McMillian equivalents of any of my PRs and faster than the 8k I ran last September.   I'm excited about what this says for the rest of my marathon training Smile


    The swag - chocolate bar and cupid shaped cheese. Way better than a medal!



    Thanks for reading!


      Great race! Was it a USTF certified course? If so, I'd trust their measurement. Even if not, Garmin isn't 100% accurate. So I wouldn't undersell your chip time. Great race. I'm excited to see what you do in the marathon!

      PRs: 21:35 (5K); 1:46:46 (HM); 4:30:46 (FM)


      Three Martini Lunch

        Great race, onemile!  As Cbus said, if the course was certified, I'd trust the measurements.  Also, edible swag is always a plus!

        M: 3:31:56

        HM: 1:37:33


          Thanks.  It doesn't say certified course actually.  But I'm ok with having an adjusted pace of 7:45!

          Bad Ass

            Great job, onemile!  Were you surprised that you beat your goal? If yes, I assume it's Hanson's magic working on you already.  Keep it up.



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              onemile - very impressive and congratulations !  I'm impressed by anyone who can run in those temperatures with all that gear on ! was there any wind ? i know that makes it colder. PS  - how far / week # are you into your Hansons plan ? nice job again !

              PB's     10K 47:15 (9/13)     HM 1:45 (9/13)     M 3:57 (10/13)

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                  Thanks guys!


                  D - I was surprised because I wasn't really feeling like I had gotten faster.  But then again I was hoping I wasn't suffering through Hansons speedwork for no reason!


                  Josh - The wind was only 6mph or something.  Pretty lucky in that regard.  I just finished week 8 so almost halfway there!  Smile

                  Trail Monster

                    Great job OneMile! You're going to have a great marathon in your future!

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                    8/24 Baker 50M

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                      Onemile! That's a smokin' time not to mention, less than ideal conditions. Rock on!

                      PR's : HM 1:51:15  -  5K 21:27





                        Nice job onemile even with course being short. I'd be pumped for rest of marathon training too.

                        PR's - 5K - 20:15 (2013) | 10K - 45:14 (2011)  | 13.1 - 1:34:40 (2013)  | 26.2 - 3:40:40 (2014)


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                          Thanks guys Smile