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Jaycee Firecracker 5000 2014

This was different from previous years; it was a very pleasant 68 F, 65 percent humidity during the race; far less sticky than it has been in previous races.
But given that I had given blood just this past Monday, I expected it to be rough sledding.

It was.

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Atmosphere: it has grown from the previous 300 runners to over 900; this meant quite a few 11-12 minute per mile noobs lining up too far in front. But really not that many.

I jogged 2 miles from my house and did a few strides. I saw Steve Hippler and Cassie at the start…and oh my goodness was it ever a spandex fest. I wish I had one of those little cameras. 🙂

I took off at a reasonable pace…or so I thought. 8:31 was for the first slightly uphill mile. I knew that I was working just a bit too hard…I told myself “just maintain”. I saw a lady that I raced at the mile (she beat me by 3 seconds) and was a bit surprised; it used to be that if someone was with me in a mile race, they’d blow me away at longer stuff.

On the river trail…I couldn’t so I got onto the grass and walked until I saw a pack that I could run with…or so I thought. I picked it up slightly and got to mile 2 in 17:25 (8:54, even with the walk). I thought: ok, “get to half mile to go and pick it up”. Past mile 2 I saw Cassie leave the course due to an Achilles problem. That is a tough one to shake.

But with about 1/4 mile to go, I felt bad and so walked a step or two and then jogged it in.

8:31, 8:54, 9:41 (about 8:50 for the final mile) for 27:06.

I then walked back to meet Tracy and then jogged it in with her.

Tracy is a huge tennis fan, so I got some hotcakes at McDonalds while she watched one Wimbledon semi final match. We watched the match together and she explained the game to me.

Note: miles for the week (my online training log is down):

Monday: swim, lift (swim 1.25 miles), blood donation
Tuesday: 4 miles: 2 easy, 4 x 200 with 200 jog; these about killed me.
Wednesday: 6 miles (1:03; felt glacially slow)
Thursday: swim, lift: swim 1.5 miles, lifting.
Friday: 2 easy, 5K, 1 easy walk (6 total)

Past: 2011 (30:09; 14 days after double red cell donation, hot, charmed by T’s purple spandex)
2012: 8:26, 8:26, 10:53 (27:46) 82 F, 69 percent humidity, 15 days after whole blood.
2013: 8:15, 9:01, 10:24 27:40 69 F, 73 percent humidity, 17 days past blood donation.
2014: 8:31, 8:54, 9:41 27:06 68 F, 65 percent humidity, 4 days past blood donation.

My numbers were slightly better this year than last year:

Overall place: 396/1024 (.387) last year, 329/953 this year (.345)
Males: 262/478 (.548) last year, 222/435 (.510) this year
Master’s males: 100/205 (.487) last year, 85/192 (.443) this year.
AG: 25/36 last year (.694), 20/35 (.571) this year (and it was the same AG).

So I had a better race under similar conditions (last year 1 degree warmer and slightly higher humidity, but blood donation was MUCH more recent this year).

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July 4, 2014 - Posted by | Friends, running, Uncategorized | ,

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