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Today's Running Song:

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

"Finding Out True Love Is Blind" by Louis XIV

  
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JOPAPGH 8/18/2009 1:54PM

    "Mercy" by Duffy

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Race Report: Kings Island 10K

Monday, August 17, 2009

ETA: *SCREAMS* I made 2nd place!!!!!!!!! 1:00:49, pace 9:47/mile. YAY!!!!!!

Hi all! Epic weekend trip was epic. Race day was...a cluster you-know-what of epic proportions as well.

When we picked up our packets on Saturday and noted that we needed to be in the lot by 6:45am and got there at our planned time of 6:30am. I warmed up and we headed to what we thought was the area for the 7:00am lineup.

Only it wasn't. The gigantic mass of humanity turned out to be several lines of people trying to a) pick up their race packets/bibs and/or b) turn in their admission tickets for a hand stamp. Twelve HUNDRED people. We jumped into line and immediately noted with the other folks that the probability of a on-time start was nil. It was nearly 7 when we got to the staging area, and they announced a 7:30 start time. I warmed up some more (and it was getting hotter by the minute) before we hit the road, cruising around the parking lot as the sun appeared through the Son of Beast.

This race was not what I expected, that's for sure! The 10K route had 1 mile inside the park proper; the rest was routed through the maintenance roads and back-of-house areas, which were HILLY. Like, vertical drops and lifts bent over double hilly. When we crested the hill behind the Beast, everyone on my pace said, "OH S^&T!!!!" as we were looking straight.down. I was wearing my pavement shoes, so those hills were taken at a pathetic pace. There weren't many cones in the free-run areas, or mile markers - at times the group wasn't quite sure of the route.

Luckily, I was one of the last groups to get water at the water tables; there were people behind that only had Gatorade in the last 3 miles. Did I mention the 30-minute delay in start time and temps approaching mid-80s by 8am? :-
The big hill put me off pace, unfortunately. I finished 60:48, nearly 3 minutes slower than my goal, and probably putting me out of the top 3 in my category. Trying not to be depressed about it, but :-(

I was not so lucky with water at the finish. This year is the first I've noticed Vitamin Water doing sponsorships, and this is the second race this year where VW brings a miniscule amount of SmartWater and case after case of chemical-infused swill (Vitamin Water 10) to hand out post-race.

To say I was angry would be polite - I was HULK!SMASH at that point. I got water from the fountains near the entrance and found my friends (who did the 5K) once I'd calmed down a bit. While I don't need bottled water or even cold water, I get a bit worked up over not having water unless I seek it out myself.

The food was really good, though - watermelon and trail mix were my choices. The picnic area did have a fountain hookup so more water was available.

We headed back to the car to change (they did have showers available, but I figured I would be sweating in the ride lines all day) and hit the park for the rest of the day (well, until about 5pm).

My feet are quite sore; even though I brought thin wicking socks to change into and changed my shoes for the post-race, they still swelled up. I soaked them in cold water, but the toes are still tender. Other than a slightly sore knee, nothing has manifested itself yet. I lifted and went to step class this evening and had plenty of energy.

Will I do this again next year? I dunno. This was the race's first year, and while there were a lot of burps and bumps, it was an awesome destination race. Afterglow might set in once I'm a few months out and I'll try it again. :-)

  
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JERIBERI1 8/19/2009 9:58AM

    Thanks for stopping by my blog about this very same race. I e-mailed the race director Monday and told him the concerns I had (water, course not marked, medals at the food area instead of the finish line, etc). He sent me a nice e-mail thanking me for my observations, and he apologized for what he called "hiccups." This race was way more than "hiccups". I'm pretty sure I won't be doing this again.

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BILLALEX70 8/18/2009 7:50PM

    Sorry to hear about the sucky venue and organization but, WTG on the time!



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QUIDDITCHGRRL 8/18/2009 2:18PM

    Oh yes, the stinky garbage was not my favorite part of the course either. :-P Got me to pick up the pace though.

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JOPAPGH 8/18/2009 1:56PM

    Read another review of the race. Echoed your comments on organization, route directions and lack of water at the end. She really did not enjoy running past the stinky garbage, walking a half mile to post race food and the lack of medals at race end.

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QUIDDITCHGRRL 8/18/2009 8:26AM

    The 5K was through the main part of the park - the friends I went with walked the 5K and said it was nice to go through the park when it was relatively empty. 10K-ers went through the water park and then cut through the front (I was shouting "you're on the live course!" quite a bit), through the kids' area before finishing under the Eiffel Tower.

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1UPMUSHROOM 8/18/2009 12:52AM

    I almost signed up for the 5K, but didn't due to lack of funds and I don't feel confident enough yet to run a 5K. I'm kind of glad I didn't as the appeal to me was being able to run through the park. No water? That's crazy.

Congrats on your run! 2nd place that's fantastic!

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QUIDDITCHGRRL 8/18/2009 12:19AM

    J, that's a great way to put it - it was certainly "quirky"!

RWR has a pattern of slight disorganization, but they are willing to put together new races and different venues along with the "regular" schedule. I run as many of their races as I can, mainly because I am vain and need the idea of a "golden ring" that I can achieve (the "cruiser" category). They were lucky that I didn't see an organizer on the post-race course or I would have ripped them a new one, I was that upset, and doubly so when I heard no water at the tables after us. Boo!

I will send them a request/concern email about the water; the other quirks I can handle.

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JOPAPGH 8/17/2009 10:01PM

    Liked the HULK!SMASH.

Sounds like a good time for such a quirky course.

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VIVA_VICTORIES 8/17/2009 9:58PM

    Congrats on your race! No matter the time, you still got out there, got moving, and finished.

That's crazy, almost criminal, for water to not be available at a RUN! What's up with that.

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KJNE8O 8/17/2009 9:51PM

    That's too bad that it was so disorganized and about the lack of water. Can you leave feedback for the race organizers so that they can make next year better? It WAS a hot weekend - but if you ask me you did great on such a tough course! 60:48 is an awesome time! Great Time!

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Today's Running Song:

Monday, August 17, 2009

"Incinerate" by Sonic Youth

  
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JENONTHEROX 8/17/2009 8:45PM

    Here it goes again - ok go

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JOPAPGH 8/17/2009 8:16AM

    "The Race Is On" by George Jones.

Race report soon?

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JEANSHEP2 8/17/2009 12:36AM

    Thanks. Nice one.

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Today's Running Song:

Sunday, August 16, 2009

"Don't Phunk With My Heart" by the Black Eyed Peas

  
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CAROLINA_KOUKLA 8/16/2009 9:31PM

  Great song - have a great run!

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Today's Running Song:

Saturday, August 15, 2009

"I Don't Wanna Go On With You Like That" by Elton John

  


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