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Tuesday, 20 November 2007, 6:45 pm<br>
Saluda Shoals Park (Irmo, SC)<br><br>
Goal: no real goal except to have a fun run, though a PR would be nice<br><br>
Saluda Shoals Park hosts a holiday lights display every year from Thanksgiving to New Years where you can drive your car through the park and see all the (Christmas) lights they've placed. The night before the display opens to vehicular traffic, they host a "certified" 5k race and a free 1.5 mile family fun walk.<br><br>
Since I had not preregistered for the event, my wife and I drove home quickly after work so I could change into running clothes and get some water and snacks (for after the race), picked up my mom from her house, drove through stop and go traffic on the interstate for twenty minutes (ah! rush hour traffic--I'm glad I don't have to deal with that everyday), dropped my mom off at my dad's office (a half mile from the park), and made it to the park by 5:30. After parking, we rode a small shuttle bus to the registration area. The bus driver told us that 400 people were already signed up for the run and the walk and that they had planned for 400 more people--a much larger event than I was expecting. The great weather was expected to attract lots of people.<br><br>
I paid my fee, picked up my long sleeve tee, and received a glowstick bracelet and four small jingle bells on a string (and with a zip tie). Then we rode the bus back to the car so I could change into my racing shoes, apply body glide, and take off my glasses. Traffic was increasing coming into the park, so we called my dad and told him he should come now rather than waiting til closer to the 6:45 race start. After my parents arrived, my wife and mom rode the bus and my dad and I walked the quarter mile (or so) to the registration area.<br><br>
About twenty minutes before race time, I warmed up for ten minutes. I found the 3 mile marker painted on the road and made a mental note that I could kick it in from there. (Mile markers were not marked on the course other than a line of spray paint and the mile number on the road.) Got back to the start line feeling ready to run, but the registration area was still packed with people signing up and picking up packets. My wife zip tied the bells to my right foot and I put the glowring bracelet on my right arm.<br><br>
Then we waited and waited. My heart rate dropped back to close to resting. I jogged a couple of minutes to try to stay warmed up. And then we waited and waited. Registration was still clogged. Finally, someone made an announcement to go the starting area. I jogged around a little bit before going and made my way close to the start line. I positioned myself closer to the front than usual since most people looked like they were running the event as a fun run and I didn't want to get slowed down by them or by the huge contingent of walkers. And then we waited and waited at the start line; all I could do to stay warmed up was jog in place.<br><br>
Finally (at least fifteen minutes late), the race director, in Santa hat, showed up at the front of the start area. He gave us a quick survey of the course--lots of loops through parking lots and several out-and-backs. It was truly confusing, but he said there would be course marshals at every turn to let us know where to go.<br><br>
"Runners, on your mark.... Get set.... Go" and we were off. Remembering all my too fast starts in all my other races, I made a point of recalling Nettie's comment in my half-marathon rr last month: "I've found that starting off with a mile that feels too slow works good for me." So I ran with a pace that felt too slow. Runners were passing me on both sides and I don't think I was passing anyone. We took a quick right for a parking lot loop, and I thought, "We aren't supposed to be doing a loop yet. I thought the race director said we go straight down the main road at the beginning."<br><br>
After four or five minutes I began to speed up and began passing some runners. Already some people were walking! I guess they started out way too fast. The course was relatively flat with some minor rolling slopes throughout. I decided I would hold a steady pace for a few minutes and then speed up a little and hold that new pace. Rinse and repeat...<br><br>
I continued to pick off other runners and only seemed to be passed by people who had either started late or started real slow--cause they sure zoomed past me. At 17:30, my right shoe started loosening. I don't know if the bells on the shoe were causing the knot to loosen, but I had to stop and retie my shoe. I quickly regained my position.<br><br>
Then at 20:00, I got passed by a man pushing a double stroller. I know I'm not the fastest runner, but I didn't feel that slow. We were starting to pass by a large line of walkers, so I let him stay in front and clear a path with the double wide baby carriage <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/biggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Very Happy"> About three minutes later we approached the turnaround of the last out-and-back. Another runner was running in front of the stroller, obliviously unaware that the stroller guy and I were yelling at him to move out of the way. So I sped up, told the man in front he was about to be run over by a baby stroller, and left both of them behind. We were running an upslope now so I didn't think the stroller guy would catch me.<br><br>
I knew there was about a half-mile left to the finish so I sped up. I figured I could handle the pain for a few minutes. When I approached the three mile marker, I sped up more and passed my last two runners. No one else was in sight ahead. When the finish chute--lighted up, of course--appeared, I sprinted as well as I could. Just before the finsh line, my glowstick bracelet flew off, but I kept sprinting. As I crossed the finish line, I managed to stop my watch (which usually I somehow manage not to do). A man at the end of the chute handed me an index card with the number 64, indicating my place. I turned it back in with my name, age, and gender indicated on the back. My finish time was 26:50. About 45 seconds slower than my PR <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Sad"><br><br>
Mysteriously fixated on my missing bracelet, I walked back past the finish line to look for it. Fortunately, a course marshal had picked it up and gave it to me. It had stopped flashing, though <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Sad"> I discovered this morning that it has a tiny on/off button that must have gotten pushed when it landed, so it still works. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile"><br><br>
While walking around to cool down, I discovered that the initial parking lot loop was not supposed to be taken, so the "certified" 5k was longer than a 5k. Now my time didn't sound as bad. Later I measured the parking lot loop on the USATF running routes page and discovered the loop added an extra 0.4k (quarter mile). I probably would have run sub 25 if we hadn't run long <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/hello2.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hello1"><br><br>
My wife and I walked back to the car and drove to Fuddruckers to eat a nice big cheeseburger with fries and onion rings. Mmmmmmm <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile"><br><br>
Note: we forgot to take our camera so I have no pics to share right now. My dad took pictures so hopefully I can have some pics to share this weekend.
 

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Hey WO!!! Goodness! That's a ton of entertainment! LOL What a busy race for you! Bummer the mess with the distance. Glad you got your PR, even if it's unofficial <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/biggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Very Happy"> At least you saved your toy too and you can still play with it <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/biggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Very Happy"><br>
Great job! Have a wonderful holiday!
 

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I have a few pics to share from my dad's camera:<br><br>
First, my dad's coworker (and also a sales rep to my office) and me before the race<br><img alt="" src="http://img134.imageshack.us/img134/8914/sleighalanjy4.jpg" style="border:0px solid;"><br><br>
Second, waiting at the start (probably jogging in place)<br><img alt="" src="http://img410.imageshack.us/img410/5504/sleighstartqu0.jpg" style="border:0px solid;"><br><br>
Third, "Runners, On Your Mark"<br><img alt="" src="http://img134.imageshack.us/img134/1195/sleighgofi3.jpg" style="border:0px solid;"><br><br>
Last, about 11 minutes into the race, passing another runner<br><img alt="" src="http://img134.imageshack.us/img134/3264/sleighrunoq2.jpg" style="border:0px solid;">
 

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Thanks, IEH4M! Hope you had a great Thanksgiving. I'm off to read your race report now <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile">
 

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Great job, WO! Too bad about the extra loop, but that was a nice report <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile">
 

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great run! this sounds like a fun race to do. congratulations!
 

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Pacing can be tough to get a handle on, although I think in general just getting more race experience gradually helps. 5K races tend to demand not holding back as much as one would do in a half-marathon and they almost tend to demand starting out hard, going harder and then trying to hang on for dear life. That's how they hurt.<br><br>
Still I think it can be good to run a 5K or two with the deliberate holding back in the first mile and working on a progressive increase in effort and pace. You may not get your fastest 5K time ever doing so, but the experience is helpful in teaching you some more about pacing yourself.
 

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I've always gone out fast in the very few 5ks I ran before this one and ended up slowing badly in the last mile. So this slow start coupled with progressively increasing my pace worked well this 5k race. Since I had so much kick left at the end, I probably could have run faster throughout for a better time, but I'm very satisfied with this result.<br><br>
Maybe one day I'll get a better handle on pacing. I don't race much, so it will probably take a long time, though.
 
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