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I am disappointed in my time: 38:27--- slower than 10K pace. Quite a disappointment when I had headed out today planning to race. However, I'm still rather happy. I love this race.<br><br>
I woke up this morning with GI issues. Even left the house late because of diarrhea. I am dehydrated. I decide to take my Mucinex anyways, even though that might dehydrate me more-- I've had more races ruined by phlegm and being unable to breathe than by GI issues. I get to the race at 7:45, get my number-- great, now where are the restrooms? (No portopotties, woohoo! real toilets!) Stay there until not long before race start. No chance to get some more water. Oops.<br><br>
The start was disorganized. Now, for some reason, whenever lining up is disorganized at the start-- my first mile is FASTER not SLOWER... I think I go way too fast in the first half mile trying to clear the random walkers or very slow runners. I knew I had messed up when I got to the first mile in 8:33.<br><br>
Stop for water in the second mile. 17:20.<br><br>
Third mile, slow down-- I'm not too tired... though I feel the too fast first two miles... But I am scared that I'm going too fast. Stop for water again. Apparantly slow down too much. 28:32.<br><br>
Speed up again for the last mile-- but you know how once you slow down, it's hard to get to race pace again? At least for me it is.<br>
Plus, I'm surprisingly tired. Could my last two weeks of reduced running because of shin splints have hurt my fitness so badly? Am I being effected this much by dehydration? I push the worries out of my head and just try to do the best I can for TODAY, given the conditions.<br><br>
Finish in 38:24, with a little sprint at the end to beat 38:30 clock time.<br><br>
Was annoyed at myself for about one minute (not too long, less time than I came in OVER what I told myself I was going to come in at.) -- then I checked out my loot.<br><br>
This race has massages, all sorts of good food, and very friendly staff... and is only $20-- on par with any short race. I got: a cotton t-shirt, a race towel, a race cup, a race magnet, and an assorted variety of samples: lotion, lip balm, energy bars, treats, pen, etc. etc.<br><br>
Then, they had trivia. I got a few right (by few, I mean exactly 3 and no more! Who asks who did the music for To Kill A Mockingbird? Isn't who wrote the actual book more important? <img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif">), but I only took one prize.): John Irving biography.<br><br>
Then, imagine my surprise that my slow time still gave me 2nd place age division--- sweet trophy, too.<br><br>
So, my running-- I was less than impressed with myself. The race still has me beaming, though!<br><br><img alt="" src="http://i60.photobucket.com/albums/h16/kriskelvin/100_2098.jpg" style="border:0px solid;">
 

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massages with a $20 entry fee???!!!<br><br>
way to stick it out and get the hardware<img alt="hello2.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/hello2.gif">
 

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Nice job Heather! I know it wasn't what you had in mind, but you took home hardware, so something must have gone right. John Irving would be so proud!<br><br>
I would bet money that dehydration did affect you this morning. The GI issue is dehydrating, the Mucinex would be, and then you didn't get water at the start. Those things add up! Try drinking a bottle of something other than sugar-filled sports drink (which could further upset GI issues) on the way to the next race. Have it ready to go the night before. Not only will it help keep you hydrated, but should make you more ready for the bathroom stop when you get to the race.
 

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Congrats - Nice - Nice<br><br>
Time - One race means nothing - way too many things that can cause a disappointing finish time.<br><br>
Massage - Gotta love them - I've only had after marathons.
 

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Qn Rocks!
 

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Great job. I used to run Harris Jacobs when it was an 8k race. They irritated me when they cuti down to only 4 miles. But it is the best race I know of insofar as setup and after race goodies. They always do any outstanding job making everyone feel good at this race. Sometime I'll have to get off my high horse and run it again.
 

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Good results under less than good conditions!<br><br>
I realize you were dehydrated but you should not need to stop in a 4m race for water. It probably did not do you enough good to offset the time lost. Even when dehydrated I am usually good for an hour of running without drinking.
 

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I always stop in races for water. The mental boost is more than any time lost. I always catch up to whomever I was running with before getting water, without even thinking about it.
 

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Look at all that swag! And a trophy for placing too, woohooo! That is a dream run. I bet if you could just get over worrying that you are going too fast, you will find out how fast you really are.<br>
Congratulations!
 

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That's the real reason I need to do speed work-- get me comfortable going a certain pace.<br>
It gets old finishing races feeling like maybe I should keep running-- I mean, even my marathon. :/<br><br>
Today, I went out and cycled 30 miles afterwards.
 

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Good job on the race, Heather. Way to keep going even when you didn't feel quite right. I know exactly what you mean about pace, although I'm nowhere near as fast as you.
 
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