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Fort Vallonia Days 5K

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Columbus,IN,United States

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Jan 01, 2016



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Running Accomplishments:

5K - 23:39:1 / Abby Brinkman 5K 2016

8K - 41:49.9 / Turkey Trot 8K 2018

10K - 50:58.2 / Rock N Ready 10K Run 2016

10K - 47:47.2 / Katie McBurnett 2019

Half-Marathon - 01:56:07 / Hilly Half of Brown County 2016

Marathon - 4:08:10 / Indianapolis Monumental Marathon 2016

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Miles:This week: 15.50 Month: 106.10 Year: 1880.31
Broooks Ghost 11 (4th Pair) Lifetime Miles: 527.66
Brooks Ghost 11 (5th Pair) Lifetime Miles: 162.86
Brooks Ghost 12 Lifetime Miles: 206.11
Race: Fort Vallonia Days 5K (3.107 Miles) 00:25:29, Place overall: 12, Place in age division: 1
Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance

This was my second 5K race in two days. Surprisingly I was faster today than yesterday which is odd because this was an afternoon race. I literally only run in the morning! My first mile is still significantly slower, but negative splits are nothing to complain about when racing.

1 mi - 8:38 / 2 mi - 8:17 / 3.107 mi - 8:06

I ran 2 additional miles following the race with a friend to loosen our legs and just catch up. It was fun except for the food fair stench! I guess I am a fried food snob while exercising.

Brooks Ghost 12 Miles: 5.11
From Michael on Mon, Oct 21, 2019 at 06:50:36 from

Both good races. Well done.

Regarding that first mile, have you ever tried running strides just before the race? They work well for races 5 km and under.

After you've warmed up, run about 100 yards on a straight stretch. Start slow, pick up speed, hit an all out sprint for maybe 20 - 30 yards, then slow down. Recover and then repeat for maybe 5 - 8 times. You might find it solves that first mile issue.

From Nora Jo on Mon, Oct 21, 2019 at 16:01:55 from

That is a good suggestion Michael. My next race is a half-marathon, but then I have three 5K's to finish out the year. I will try your strategy with the 5K's.

I always run a little bit to warm-up before a race, but I do not push the pace. Doing some strides might really address my slow starts. I have always found it odd that my 10K overall paces are faster than my 5K's. I usually hit my stride around mile 3.

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