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Race Result

Racer: Alex Rochette
Race: Cherry Blossom 10 Miler
Date: Sunday, April 4, 2004
Location: Washington, DC
Race Type: Run - 10 mile
Age Group: Male 30 - 34
Time: 1:06:14
Overall Place: 273 / 4141
Age Group Place: 170 / 2231
Comment: Tempo Run / Boston

Race Report:


So I ran Cherry Blossom as well.

I was "reasonable"... for a variety of reasons: 1/ I was tired
(didn't sleep neither well, nor long last week); 2/ Didn't want to jeopardize my chances at breaking 3:00 in Boston; 3/ Thought that, at last (!), I would listen to the more experienced runners' wisdom (thank you to Debi Bernardes, Terrel Hale, Scott Mills, Aaron Church, Ray Pugsley)... in spite of the excitement of some other very experienced runners (I took all advices in considerations but given the circumstances I went the "safe" way).

Anyhow. I had planned to run an average pace of 6:45 (or 1:07:30) or so to simulate what I hope to be my pace at Boston and monitor how my body would react to it. I went slightly faster than that, 6:37 (or 1:06:14), but close enough. I am pretty happy with my pacing (only problem: I went about 20s. too fast the first mile), and also with the fact that I progressively accelarated to cover the last five miles (final mile in 6:00). Another good thing, I was not too tired after the race and I am not really sore today... and will go ahead with my last 17 mile run before Boston tonight.

On the worrisome side, although I felt confortable at this pace
(breathing, rate of perceived exertion), my heart rate creeped
higher than I had hoped for (173 vs. 165 average)... which makes me wonder if I can sustain this kind of pace over 26 miles in two weeks time.

Kudos to the organization and all the volunteers. The Cherry
Blossom 10-Miler is a great event: management of start, fluid
stations, race packets, all.

Take care,