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Race Result

Racer: Amanda Shuman
Race: Rotary Resolution 10K
Date: Saturday, January 1, 2005
Location: Leesburg, VA
Race Type: Run - 10 km
Age Group: Female 20 - 24
Time: 0:47:55
Overall Place: 12 / 158
Age Group Place: 3 / 6
Comment: Tough course but I did a good time :)

Race Report:

12/158 female and 3/6 in age group (but not by much!)

Pre-race thoughts: This should be fun. I like pretty scenery and nice days. Weather was my kind of weather: southern california written all over it :) I had breakfast, including coffee, before racing and I even had TIME to DIGEST it before running, woohoo! Loving that 10:45am start time.

***First time I've done a race with my dad and the weather was nice!************************************************** (this is key, hence the excitement) Perhaps with the new year the curse is broken! (However, being as superstitious as I am, I might discourage him from signing up for the Va Duathlon, I can't risk having the Greeting of the Geese weather all over again for my first big event)

Close to the race: Man was it a lazy day. No time to warm up other than jogging back to the car to put my shirt and wallet away. Then hurry to the portojohn before starting. Saw Gwen and said hi, saw Chap in his yellow jersey and wished him luck (he's the reason I knew of this race), saw Steve and chatted about the course (by the way, I still think the Rudolph's 10k in Fairfax is harder/hillier, try it next year).

Race: Started out ok, it was a little weird in that field with ditches but after that it was fine. Jeff Wolfe came up behind me and introduced himself about 8 mins (?) into the race. He's training for the Mardi Gras marathon (GOOD LUCK JEFF!). He said he usually finishes right in front of me at these things. Well, today would be no exception, he passed me and kept going but was almost always in view :) Some day I'm going to catch up !!!

Some teenager at water stop 1 (watch time for me: about 13 minutes) says "Is this the 5k point?" before anyone could answer I laughed and he says "well don't you wish it was?" and I say "10 more minutes until the half way point" and he groans, keeps going.

At that weird turnaround when everyone's coming the opposite way I see all these ladies in front of me so I begin to give up and say "whatever just have fun, finish the race, no awards this time". I have this mental problem, you see. Saw Chap and said "woo go Chap" and he does a Rocky pose while running, saw my dad and said "yay go daddy!" he laughs and says "uh...I'll catch up!"

The last two miles this loud breathing girl is right behind me; I pass her up hill and on the straights, she catches up on the downhills. Then some guy with a beer shirt tags along and does the same. Right near the finish, in the field, she passes me (finally) and I think to myself "thank god, damn loud breather". Well, lucky LUCKY me (not) she was not only in my AG but she took the 2nd place award and they don't give 3rd place ARGH. When am I going to learn????

The good thing is though, I did that hilly course in 47:55, about 10 seconds faster than the last 10k I did, and the fastest non-tri 10k I've ever done.... SUCCESS!! I celebrated with a stop at Starbucks on the way home.

Goal on running for the rest of the winter: master a sub 47 10k time, and more next season.

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!