Go! St Louis All American 5k

All American 5k

I hadn’t really intended to go to this run because I was out & up so late last night.  I set my alarms for 5 and 5:15 a.m. and promptly turned them both off when they disturbed my slumber and went back to sleep.  Woke up, got my coffee and noticed it was still only 5:30 ….

I figured I already paid for the run and I was going to have to run today anyway and this 5k even came with a finisher’s medal …Extra Bling! WooHoo!  🙂

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The back of the medal was pretty cool also and included the date which is always appreciated 🙂

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The shirt was 100% cotton and good quality, pretty heavy.  The front and back are shown below.

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The course was point to point and had free shuttle service after the run to get back where you started.

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There was an extra bonus after the run of getting my NikePlus Silver trophy for the month and since it’s only the 15th, I should be right on track for getting my gold trophy by the end of the month.  I still think there is a platinum trophy available for hitting 75 miles in a month but that would be too much of a deviation from the current training program to safely attain.  Maybe in July and definitely in August I should be getting a platinum trophy 🙂

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The Run
This run had over 2,000 people in it and it was without a doubt one of the most impressive 5k’s I’d ever ran.   The course record on this run was 14 min 54 seconds which ….is pretty mind boggling!  The guy that set that record was here today and ran it in the exact same time!  I lined up at the back of the pack and, by the time i got to the start I’m guessing Mr First Place was probably already done with his first mile.  🙂

The run was really great and it was nice to actually be a bit trained for a run instead of simply signing up for something and walking.  I ran (jogged) this entire course.   I started out with a 12:56 mile and the second and third miles both came in a few seconds over 14 minutes.  The new engine held up pretty well although I could have used some water before we started.  There was one water stop at the 1.8 mile mark and the running felt much easier after drinking two cups of water.  Almost everybody in the back of the pack were walkers and I was able to eventually pass all of them.  I didn’t streak past anybody and the passing was very gentle but, I was jogging and it felt good to keep moving up in the pack.  The course was mainly flat with a couple gentle inclines and I was able to overtake a lot of people on those inclines.  I just kept truckin’ along – uphill, downhill, flat …I pretty much maintained a constant pace.

There was one lady who had a similar constant pace who jogged along side me for a while then stopped to tie a tie on some display for Father’s Day.  I’m guessing I was her target because she caught up to me with about 1/2 mile left in the race then with two tenths of a mile left she picked up her pace a little bit but, I knew I still had FULL Sprinting Capacity left under the hood and just took off for the last tenth of a mile and blew right by everyone in my vicinity.

The layout at the end of this race could rival some half marathons I’ve been in.  It was actually more impressive than the Lincoln Presidential Half Marathon I completed up in Springfield, IL a couple months ago.  We got handed a bottle of water, then got our medals then there were tables of fruit, banana’s and so forth, little cups of Dole fruit and ….ICE CREAM!!! 🙂  There was even a Chipotle’s stand giving out free food.

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That little girl in the Chipotle picture reminded me of this cute little two and a half foot girl that must have zoomed by me at least 24 times during my run.  I think she had a grandpa up ahead and a mom that she kept speeding away from but, once she caught up to grandpa she would stop and look around for her mother and walk back to reunite with her.  There were a couple miniature sized type people that kept zooming by me but, I just held my pace and got ‘er done 🙂

This was a very impressively well run race.  It was sponsored by Go! St Louis which also has a Halloween Half Marathon and a Go! St Louis Marathon later in the year.  They are sort of like a local version of the Rock n Roll series.  For everything we got, the price was very reasonable as well.  I signed up in the last week before the run so I had to pay the max of $30 but, I think this run was available for as little as $20 if you were to sign up early enough.  This will have to be a must do run in 2015.

Almost forgot – Day 1 of Week 11 starts my mileage based running and Day 4 of week 10 ends my time based running.  I’m flip flopping those two days around and counting today’s 5k as my 3 mile run for Week 11, Day 1 and tomorrow I’ll do my 30 minute Week 10, Day 4 run.

Wow – 10 weeks of formal scheduled training in the books – 1/3rd of the way there.  There’s been some nice improvements over the past 10 weeks and I’m looking forward to more of the same in these next 10 weeks.  🙂

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