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Cottonwood Heights Thanksgiving 5K

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Member Since:

Jul 25, 2005



Goal Type:

Marathon Finish

Short-Term Running Goals:

  • 5/20 - beat the bridge 8k
  • 5/26 - magnuson series memorial day 5k
  • 6/16 - magnuson series seattle solstice 5k 
  • SUMMER - CNW all comers T&F series 
  • 7/4 - magnuson series summer spirit run 5k
  • 8/18 - magnuson series summer fitness day 10k
  • 9/30 - bellingham bay half marathon 
  • 10/13 - escalante canyons marathon
  • 11/25 - seattle half marathon 

Long-Term Running Goals:

qualify for the 2020 olympic marathon trials in ATL (sub-2:45

Miles:This week: 0.00 Month: 74.00 Year: 609.50
TypeA8 Test Lifetime Miles: 170.00
Kinvara Test Lifetime Miles: 292.00
K9 Test Purpleberry Lifetime Miles: 287.00
Haunted Phoenix Lifetime Miles: 269.00
K9 Test Arctic Blueberry Lifetime Miles: 250.70
K9 Test Pinkerton Lifetime Miles: 244.00
Freedom Cut Me Loose Lifetime Miles: 252.00
Bubonic Plague Lifetime Miles: 365.00
Orange Splats Lifetime Miles: 219.00
Race: Cottonwood Heights Thanksgiving 5K (3.1 Miles) 00:20:12, Place overall: 2
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance

i had a really tough time with this race. the cold was a bit too much for me and the course was somewhat of a challenge -- rolling hills the whole way. tough conditions and a tough course = all weaknesses exposed. i ran 7 miles before the race started to try and warm up and get used to the frigid air. i never really got warm, and my hands were numb the whole time. 

first mile - gradual climb for a good portion of this mile. i passed two women just before the first mile marker and ran in second place until the last mile. [i thought i was hallucinating, but monkeymime confirmed that santa was directing a turn just before the halfway point.] 

the roads were icy and slick in a few areas along the course, particularly on the turns just before the second mile marker. i was slowly catching up to the first woman and finally caught her just after two miles. i knew she was fast and i was giving everything i had to stay with her. we ran side by side for the last 400m or so. it was a race! i was really struggling at this point. i was freezing and wheezing and felt almost pass-outish. adding to the drama was my spewing nose and its contents subsequently freezing on my face or finding its way into my mouth. breathing through a mucous wall isn't very easy, especially when you are already starved for oxygen and the only kind available is the 7 degree kind. 

i ended up losing the battle in the final few steps of the race. she had a strong kick and pulled away quite easily. 1st place was 20:11 and i was 20:12. it took me a few minutes to regain my composure. i was wheezing and coughing quite a bit. i am not sure i have felt that bad during or after a race before, so seeing the final time and the lack of return for the effort was a bit frustrating at first. however, it was a lot of fun to have the opportunity to engage in a true footrace to the finish line. all things considered, it was a good experience and was a great way to start the holiday. 

that's the last 5k for me for awhile. now it's taper time. 10 more days of keeping a good grip on my motivation. it's getting slippery...  

Brooks Launch Purple Pineapple Miles: 11.00
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00Weight: 0.00
From JulieC on Fri, Nov 26, 2010 at 19:32:22 from

The PROBLEM with the cold after SUMMER/FALL is the ADAPTATION....So rather than "shiver" at the thought ...TOTALLY PREPARE in MAXIMUM GEAR--T-neck, thermals if necessary, 80s fleece pullovers, AND FOR YOUR REYNAUDS--THOSE 10 hour warm packs to place in your gloves (you can buy a pack of 10 for like 2 dollars at Walmart. THEN ATTACK!! oh and some ROCKIN' MUSIC!! and a glass of warm water before leaving the house. You could also try putting your clothes in the dryer before putting them on. I haven't had to go that far yet but for SKINNY little purple-handed runners like you it might help. LASTLY-- GREAT FOR YOU FOR PERSEVERING! AND coming in 2nd no less!!! WAY TO GO!!

From Dan on Fri, Nov 26, 2010 at 19:54:20 from

Allie - somehow you have a way of inspiring no matter what. I mean nice attempt to try and lose me with the frozen nose spew - but sorry, you will have to try harder than that! Seriously, I am not just saying it, what a race, your 4th 5K in less than 4 weeks and incredible effort. The mayor says 'well done'.

From Rossy on Fri, Nov 26, 2010 at 19:55:36 from

Allie, great race under brutal conditions and I love the pre-race 7 miles! You will rock the CIM!

From Bonnie on Fri, Nov 26, 2010 at 20:11:29 from

wow ... what a tough race ... and what a tough cookie you are! way to see it through to the end allie!!!

From allie on Fri, Nov 26, 2010 at 20:17:48 from

julie - thanks for the great tips. i do have some of those "little hotties" hand warmers but i forgot them yesterday. wished i had them the whole time i was running.

dan - i can't believe i forgot to mention it, but this race had a "beat the mayor" element. they gave out ribbons to everyone who beat the mayor. it's a great ribbon. i will mail it to you. and sorry for the frozen nose spew comments, but running is not glamorous. maybe i should specify that the spew was made up of rose petals and glitter.

rossy - thanks. the pre-race 7 miler was to adjust to the temperature, but at those temps i don't think one can ever adjust. :)

From allie on Fri, Nov 26, 2010 at 20:19:09 from

thanks bonnie! hope you had a nice thanksgiving.

From Dan on Fri, Nov 26, 2010 at 20:28:21 from

'rose petals and glitter'?? Gross. Stick to 'nose spew' - you are grossing me out with that other stuff. ;)

From seeaprilrun on Fri, Nov 26, 2010 at 21:37:20 from

Great job on what sounds to be a brutal race! 7 degrees! Sheesh! That is just too cold to race in. Do you have a goal in mind for CIM?

From Fritz on Fri, Nov 26, 2010 at 23:25:17 from

I don't envy anyone who raced in those conditions. My hands would have fallen off, which is probably why I didn't do it. :) Still a great job pushing through to the end.

My brother, who I hate to listen to, actually knows something about keeping hands warm.

"When your core body temperature starts to drop, your body autonomically directs blood flow away from the extremities and into your core. Keep the core warm, and you retain blood flow to the extremities."

From fiddy on Sat, Nov 27, 2010 at 04:29:03 from

Well that sounded kind of miserable until you got to the bit with the mucus, that was great.

From Smooth on Sun, Nov 28, 2010 at 01:18:32 from

WOW!!! What a race! WAY to battle thru freezing wheezing, mucus wall and O2 depletion! Dang! 1 stinkin' second. LOVE LOVE LOVE your report and your AWESOMENESS! You are always inspiring!!!

Here's to happy taper time! Go get'em at CIM, allie! :)

From Bec on Sun, Nov 28, 2010 at 12:19:11 from

Great race even though it was freezing cold. 11 miles before just to warm up? Sounds pretty brutal.

From Lysa on Sun, Nov 28, 2010 at 19:40:10 from

Allie! You amaze me! I was happy to hear you say that that course was harder then expected. I thought the same thing! But then I just thought I was being a wimp. I ran it last year, but I don't remember the amount of hilliness involved. Temps. were bitter. But YOU my friend, are amazing! Good job!!

From Kelli on Mon, Nov 29, 2010 at 00:25:18 from

Well, you raced it to the bitter cold end! The rest of us stayed in our cozy, warm house and chose to forgo all Turkey Trots! Dang it was cold! Way to get out there, but I am not surprised you never warmed up----you are like a buck fifty!!! Enjoy a little break, at least one from those nasty 5k's!

Hey, I saw a GREAT movie last night! GREAT. It was so good I was not even sure I liked it until the end. It was intense, I was literally on the edge of my seat and I bit my nails (a bad lifelong habit that I finally broke a few months ago). Anyway, I highly recommend it. Now I just need to remember what it was called....Russel Crowe, something about 3 days, nights, months, I can not remember. BUT IT WAS VERY GOOD!!!!

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