Las Vegas President's day 5K

Discussion in 'General Fitness' started by Ed Prochak, Feb 7, 2006.

  1. Ed Prochak

    Ed Prochak Guest

    Anyone else in the group running this race? I'll be there for the
    weekend and I'm mailing my registration today.

    Enjoy the run,
    ed
     
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  2. Ed Prochak wrote:
    > Anyone else in the group running this race? I'll be there for the
    > weekend and I'm mailing my registration today.


    Too bad we won't be able to hear about your race results, Ed. You
    know, "what happens in Vegas" and all...

    Try not to lose too many "presidents" over the holiday weekend. :)
     
  3. Ed Prochak

    Ed Prochak Guest

    Charlie Pendejo wrote:
    > Ed Prochak wrote:
    > > Anyone else in the group running this race? I'll be there for the
    > > weekend and I'm mailing my registration today.

    >
    > Too bad we won't be able to hear about your race results, Ed. You
    > know, "what happens in Vegas" and all...
    >
    > Try not to lose too many "presidents" over the holiday weekend. :)


    Thanks Charlie. 8^)

    I'll let the group know how things go as far as results
    (both race and wallet).


    BTW I forgot last time to include the website link:
    http://lasvegasrunningteam.com/

    Keep Running,
    Ed
     
  4. Ed Prochak

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    Ed Prochak wrote:
    > Anyone else in the group running this race? I'll be there for the
    > weekend and I'm mailing my registration today.
    >
    > Enjoy the run,
    > ed

    Okay, it is report time.

    I'll dispense with the highlights sections.

    I begin the day before the race. Everything is packed we load the van,
    drop off my car for service at the dealer and head to the air port. I'm
    looking at the AAA book trying to figure out where the race is exactly,
    this place called Desert View Park.

    At the air port, we arrive in plenty of time, get thru security and
    wait. And sit and wait.They call for boarding and people get in line.
    And we wait standing up. Altogether, the take off is over an hour late.
    No sooner are we in the air than the pilot announces we will be
    fighting a headwind all the way to Vegas. That was also about the time
    I remembered the race flyer and AAA book are back in the car. We end up
    in the air for nearly 6 hours. That was a lot of sitting.

    Thankfully no real problems getting to the hotel. My son and wife want
    to check things out, since it is still early, local time. After a bite
    to eat, we walk along the stip, checking out some of the casinos.
    Finally back in the room, my legs are aching. I put some flexall on
    them before turning in.

    The flexall helped my legs, but I'm nervous all night about missing the
    alarm. I wake up neary every hour checking the clocking before trying
    to sleep. Don't know why I was so nervous, I wasn't prepared for a PR ,
    was just planning for a fun race.

    Time to leave and I feel like I can vaguely remember the map location
    for the race. I get close to what I think is the area and see no
    runners, no signs for the park.. Nothing that looks like a park to me
    (but I expect trees and grass, silly me). Worried I went to far, I pull
    in a gas station to ask directions. The line is a little long so I look
    and see the maps. I pick up a map and but it. I quickly see I've gone
    just a few blocks too far east an south. A couple turns and I'm there.

    now it's about 6:30. I check in and get my sweat shirt. I'm wearing the
    one from last year and I'm glad, since it is COLD. There's a steady
    wind too. Knit hat, knit cotton gloves, sweat shirt, tights are the
    extra layers to help keep me warm. Based on training runs, I take a
    good 15minutes of easy jogging to warn up. The sun is just high enough
    to shine right in your eyes.

    I get back just in time for the start. The course from the flyer
    looked like it might be a loop, but the actual course ended up like a
    combined out-and-back and a loop. But I don't know this as I approach
    the first mile. A young woman runner strikes up a conversation, asking
    what pace we are going. Hearing I plan on 10-11minutes, she sounds
    concerned. I ask her how she's doing, and she says her training pace
    has been 14minute miles. But she is keeping up with me and talking
    without much trouble. Mile one at 10:34. cool.

    there are a couple young girls ahead of us (turs out they are about
    10YO). They are following the Galloway style, running some then walking
    some. Turning a corner, suddenly the leaders are going the other way.
    For some reason this makes me think I'm going very slow. But after
    another turn, we see the turnaround is not that far ahead.

    My new found running partner and I keep up a steady pace. somewhere
    after mile 2 my new friend says she needs to walk a bit. Before she
    does I remind her that her goal is to pass the those two young girls.
    So she drops back and I keep up.

    after passing those girls I'm just too hot finally and take off my
    sweatshirt. (it must have been than that I lost my hat) I want to drop
    the sweatshirt off the side to pick up later, but my race number is on
    it!. So I carry it, awkwardly in my hands.

    the finish finally comes, and I put on what kick I have left. I must
    have looked okay then because another racer complimented me later on my
    finish. But the finish cannot make up for slower miles. I took some
    water at the finish and looked for the young woman to cheer her on, but
    she was already in the finishing shoot.

    She was overjoyed at her finish. "I never thought I could run that
    fast".
    Good for her!


    I finished 139 of 172. Top finisher was at 16:02 (5:09 pace)
    I was 9th of 13 Clydesdales.
    I might have done better to register for my age group. I might have
    placed third. Of the three listed in the division results for 50-54,
    third place was taken with a time of 1:04:08. But hardware isn't why I
    run or race. I had fun, even with a finsh of 33:57



    here's the division results page:
    http://lasvegasrunningteam.com/results/2006/presdiv.htm#50-54
    here's the overall results page:
    http://lasvegasrunningteam.com/results/2006/presover.htm

    Well, I have my work cut out for me. Inconsistancy of training has been
    the killer of my hoped for improvements. I don't think even a prerace
    cup of coffee would have given me much more speed this day.

    Post race notes: LOTS of food and drink. Beside the usual fruit,
    muffins and bagels, there was eggs, bacon, sausage, pancakes, pie, and
    cake, all in abundance except for the hot drinks. Coffee ran out so my
    second cup I had just hot water. (Yes it was still cold and windy.) If
    you like post race eats, this is one you should try it.
    The other reason to try it is the good price, a sweatshirt for a early
    registration price of $25!

    Back at the hotel, I took a long hot shower. the highlight of the
    morning.

    Nice race. Check out the other races they run, bound to be good.
    Ed
     
  5. Congrats, Ed! Sounds like a very fun race, and you made my stomach
    growl with all that food! I hope you went and had a blast in Vegas
    afterwards. Long way to go for a 5k, though good value.

    Teresa in AZ

    Ed Prochak wrote:
    > Ed Prochak wrote:


    > Okay, it is report time.
    >
    > I get back just in time for the start. The course from the flyer
    > looked like it might be a loop, but the actual course ended up like a
    > combined out-and-back and a loop. But I don't know this as I approach
    > the first mile. A young woman runner strikes up a conversation, asking
    > what pace we are going. Hearing I plan on 10-11minutes, she sounds
    > concerned. I ask her how she's doing, and she says her training pace
    > has been 14minute miles. But she is keeping up with me and talking
    > without much trouble. Mile one at 10:34. cool.
    >
    > there are a couple young girls ahead of us (turs out they are about
    > 10YO). They are following the Galloway style, running some then walking
    > some. Turning a corner, suddenly the leaders are going the other way.
    > For some reason this makes me think I'm going very slow. But after
    > another turn, we see the turnaround is not that far ahead.
    >
    > the finish finally comes, and I put on what kick I have left. I must
    > have looked okay then because another racer complimented me later on my
    > finish. But the finish cannot make up for slower miles. I took some
    > water at the finish and looked for the young woman to cheer her on, but
    > she was already in the finishing shoot.
    >
    > I finished 139 of 172. Top finisher was at 16:02 (5:09 pace)
    > I was 9th of 13 Clydesdales.
    > I might have done better to register for my age group. I might have
    > placed third. Of the three listed in the division results for 50-54,
    > third place was taken with a time of 1:04:08. But hardware isn't why I
    > run or race. I had fun, even with a finsh of 33:57
    >
    > here's the division results page:
    > http://lasvegasrunningteam.com/results/2006/presdiv.htm#50-54
    > here's the overall results page:
    > http://lasvegasrunningteam.com/results/2006/presover.htm
    >
    > Well, I have my work cut out for me. Inconsistancy of training has been
    > the killer of my hoped for improvements. I don't think even a prerace
    > cup of coffee would have given me much more speed this day.
    >
    > Post race notes: LOTS of food and drink. Beside the usual fruit,
    > muffins and bagels, there was eggs, bacon, sausage, pancakes, pie, and
    > cake, all in abundance except for the hot drinks. Coffee ran out so my
    > second cup I had just hot water. (Yes it was still cold and windy.) If
    > you like post race eats, this is one you should try it.
    > The other reason to try it is the good price, a sweatshirt for a early
    > registration price of $25!
    >
    > Nice race. Check out the other races they run, bound to be good.
    > Ed
     
  6. Ed Prochak wrote:
    > the finish finally comes, and I put on what kick I have left. I must
    > have looked okay then because another racer complimented me
    > later on my finish.
    > [...]
    > I might have done better to register for my age group. I might have
    > placed third.


    Hey Ed, congrats on running what sounds like a good race, for
    unofficially contending in your age group, and for having such an
    enjoyable time at this race far from your home. Oh, and nice finish!


    > Well, I have my work cut out for me. Inconsistancy of training
    > has been the killer of my hoped for improvements.


    I seem to recall you've alluded to insufficient training a few other
    times in recent months. What's behind this inconsistency: time,
    motivation, illness, injury, ...? You mentioned your legs were sore
    prior to the race; is that just from hours in coach on the plane, or
    maybe something related to not getting in the training you'd like to?
     
  7. Dot

    Dot Guest

    Ed Prochak wrote:
    > Ed Prochak wrote:
    >
    >>Anyone else in the group running this race? I'll be there for the
    >>weekend and I'm mailing my registration today.
    >>
    >>Enjoy the run,
    >> ed

    >
    > Okay, it is report time.
    >
    > I'll dispense with the highlights sections.

    ....
    We end up
    > in the air for nearly 6 hours. That was a lot of sitting.


    .....

    I quickly see I've gone
    > just a few blocks too far east an south. A couple turns and I'm there.


    Sounds like you had an adventure just getting to the race;)

    >
    > after passing those girls I'm just too hot finally and take off my
    > sweatshirt. (it must have been than that I lost my hat) I want to drop
    > the sweatshirt off the side to pick up later, but my race number is on
    > it!. So I carry it, awkwardly in my hands.


    Couldn't you tie your sweatshirt around your waist with the number
    visible? FWIW, I usually put my number on pants or my camelbak if they
    don't care about it being in front.

    >
    > the finish finally comes, and I put on what kick I have left. I must
    > have looked okay then because another racer complimented me later on my
    > finish. But the finish cannot make up for slower miles. I took some
    > water at the finish and looked for the young woman to cheer her on, but
    > she was already in the finishing shoot.


    Nice job, Ed. Sounds like you had a fun event!


    >
    > Post race notes: LOTS of food and drink. Beside the usual fruit,
    > muffins and bagels, there was eggs, bacon, sausage, pancakes, pie, and
    > cake, all in abundance except for the hot drinks. Coffee ran out so my
    > second cup I had just hot water. (Yes it was still cold and windy.) If
    > you like post race eats, this is one you should try it.
    > The other reason to try it is the good price, a sweatshirt for a early
    > registration price of $25!


    And post-race sounded great also. Thanks for the report.

    Dot

    --
    "Remorse - a good trail always makes you feel sorry that it is over no
    matter how tired you are" - Matt Carpenter
     
  8. "Charlie Pendejo" <[email protected]> wrote

    >> Well, I have my work cut out for me. Inconsistancy of
    >> training has been the killer of my hoped for improvements.

    >
    > I seem to recall you've alluded to insufficient training a
    > few other times in recent months. What's behind this
    > inconsistency: time, motivation, illness, injury, ...?


    Guy devotes an entire paragraph to all the food on the post race
    pig-out table and you still ask "What's behind this
    inconsistency"? Gee, you think maybe there is a clue in there?


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  9. Ed Prochak

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    Teresa Bippert-Plymate wrote:
    > Congrats, Ed! Sounds like a very fun race, and you made my stomach
    > growl with all that food! I hope you went and had a blast in Vegas
    > afterwards. Long way to go for a 5k, though good value.
    >
    > Teresa in AZ
    >

    Well my wife and I were meeting our son there for the long weekend. I
    wish I had the time and money to just fly out somewhere for a race. We
    did stop in Pheonix on the flight home. No time to visit though.

    The race really is a great value. Did I mention they give a long
    sleeeve sweatshirt?

    The highlight was seeing Hoover Dam. Amazing!

    Later,
    ed.
     
  10. Ed Prochak

    Ed Prochak Guest

    Charlie Pendejo wrote:
    > Ed Prochak wrote:
    > > the finish finally comes, and I put on what kick I have left. I must
    > > have looked okay then because another racer complimented me
    > > later on my finish.
    > > [...]
    > > I might have done better to register for my age group. I might have
    > > placed third.

    >
    > Hey Ed, congrats on running what sounds like a good race, for
    > unofficially contending in your age group, and for having such an
    > enjoyable time at this race far from your home. Oh, and nice finish!
    >
    >
    > > Well, I have my work cut out for me. Inconsistancy of training
    > > has been the killer of my hoped for improvements.

    >
    > I seem to recall you've alluded to insufficient training a few other
    > times in recent months. What's behind this inconsistency: time,
    > motivation, illness, injury, ...? You mentioned your legs were sore
    > prior to the race; is that just from hours in coach on the plane, or
    > maybe something related to not getting in the training you'd like to?


    The simple answer is work. Though I must also admit there are times I
    could have gone and didn't. So I probably deserve a dope-slap or two.
    Thanks for your support and comments. It really does help.

    But I better get more consistant. My son told me this weekend he wants
    to run a marathon. If he does, I want to be there running at least
    parrt of it with him. So ran or not, I'm running today.

    Enjoy the run.
    ed
     
  11. Ed Prochak

    Ed Prochak Guest

    Mark Hutchinson wrote:
    > "Charlie Pendejo" <[email protected]> wrote
    >
    > >> Well, I have my work cut out for me. Inconsistancy of
    > >> training has been the killer of my hoped for improvements.

    > >
    > > I seem to recall you've alluded to insufficient training a
    > > few other times in recent months. What's behind this
    > > inconsistency: time, motivation, illness, injury, ...?

    >
    > Guy devotes an entire paragraph to all the food on the post race
    > pig-out table and you still ask "What's behind this
    > inconsistency"? Gee, you think maybe there is a clue in there?
    >
    >


    I actually passed up most of it and had just bagel, fruit, water and
    coffee.

    I must admit I don't pay much attention to my eating habits. They could
    be better. I pointed out the food spread because serving a full
    breakfast is rather unusual for post race refreshments.

    Ed
     
  12. Ed Prochak wrote:
    > there are times I could have gone and didn't.


    Do you think posting to Training Week might give you that extra
    incentive? It works for some of us.
     
  13. Ed Prochak

    Ed Prochak Guest

    Dot wrote:
    > Ed Prochak wrote:


    > Sounds like you had an adventure just getting to the race;)


    yes.

    >
    > >
    > > after passing those girls I'm just too hot finally and take off my
    > > sweatshirt. (it must have been than that I lost my hat) I want to drop
    > > the sweatshirt off the side to pick up later, but my race number is on
    > > it!. So I carry it, awkwardly in my hands.

    >
    > Couldn't you tie your sweatshirt around your waist with the number
    > visible? FWIW, I usually put my number on pants or my camelbak if they
    > don't care about it being in front.


    I should have tied it, but at first I only took it partway off, leaving
    one sleeve on. When I finally took it off that arm I just stuck with
    how I had it. Next time I'll remember not to over dress. I would have
    been okay without it.


    >
    > Nice job, Ed. Sounds like you had a fun event!


    >
    > And post-race sounded great also. Thanks for the report.
    >
    > Dot
    >
    > --
    > "Remorse - a good trail always makes you feel sorry that it is over no
    > matter how tired you are" - Matt Carpenter


    Thanks Dot. It was fun.
    Ed
     
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