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  • bqx40 9:27 pm on March 20, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: 10k, rodes city run   

    43 minutes – my new nemesis. Rodes City Run 10k Race Report 

    Course Commentary

    Ah, Rodes.  Despite being similar in size to the Anthem 5k [7301 finishers vs 8516 finishers], Rodes is the antithesis of the Anthem 5k.

    • First of all, there is more than twice as much race course per participant, which allows for better spacing for most of the race.
    • Secondly, the increased distance reduces the number of walkers that have just signed up for the event on a whim.  Sure, there are walkers in this race, and they go at the same pace as the walkers in the 5k.  However, it’s harder to participate in a 10k without at least taking the event seriously.  2 hours is a lot of time to spend on your feet if you’re not prepared for it.
    • Lastly, the 10k course is a tour of a part of the city.  A 5k does not lend itself to taking in much scenery.  Most 5k races that I’ve been in run down a street a couple blocks, then turn or double-back on themselves.  With the exception of park-based courses, there’s nothing to see.  The Rodes course goes from Downtown Louisville to the Highlands to the Riverfront.

    The course  is just hilly enough to give you an honest run, but not enough to be overly challenging.  There are a couple of very gradual climbs and descents, the entire course stays within a 120-foot elevation range, with most of the elevation change occurring in the first 2 miles.

    Pace vs. Elevation

    Race Report

    I had planned to run a total of 50 miles this week, in 3 sets of double 6 milers on Monday-Wednesday, a 6 miler on Thursday, and then this 10k and warm-up/cool-down today.  After my last 5k race and subsequent 20 mile long run two days later, my hip started acting up.

    After running about 52 miles last week, my hip was really testy.  The first two days of double runs this week added tendinitis in the ankle to the mix, and I ended up working in two days of hard exercise bike workouts instead of running.

    Yesterday afternoon, the ankle had improved, but while jogging across the street to pick up my packet, I felt some major hip pain.  To top it off, I started feeling achy and sore from a sinus infection.  I managed to take NSAIDs and Sudafed and sweat it out overnight.

    This morning, I felt pretty iffy about running 10k, much less racing it, but in running from the finish area to the start line, I tested my turnover and faster pace.  I discovered that the faster turnover hurt less.  This was a pretty good sign for the race.

    At the race start [a nice 49 degrees], I took off near a 5:30 pace, but quickly settled back to my 5k pace of 6:30-ish.  By the end of the first mile, I had settled down to a more natural 10k pace [+15 seconds to the 5k pace].

    That first climb up Broadway is always surprising, despite it being a completely manageable hill, and mile 2 was my only mile that went over a 7-minute mile.  The second slowest mile was mile 3, which has a smaller hill in it.

    The remainder of my miles were just under my 6’51” predicted pace [5k + 15 seconds], and those miles are flat to downhill.

    For the final stretch [past 6], I had virtually no kick.  Neither my body nor my mind could will anymore speed than  a 6’24” pace, which is fine, because I ran a pretty balanced race the rest of the way.

    Time 43:01

    Overall Place:  254 / 7301
    Gender Place:  224 / 3250
    Division (30-34 male) Place:  44 / 474

  • tech0x20 1:17 pm on March 10, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: calendar, ,   

    Calendar functionality on a smartphone? 

    It seems that calendars should respond to time zone changes more gracefully.

    I don’t have another smartphone for reference, just an iPhone, but the combination of automatic time zone updating and calendar appointments should be handled more gracefully.

    Now, I know there’s a time zone support option on the iPhone, but not all appointment sources are created equal.

    Outlook Sync with iphone seems to not handle timezones well. I’m sitting in Las Vegas getting my 4 PM EST meeting invite reminders at 4 PM PST.

    Meanwhile, I wouldn’t necessarily want my 5:30 AM EST to necessarily translate to 2:30 AM PST.

    Given those two cases, I don’t think a global device setting is necessarily the ideal method to solve the timezone issue.

    Maybe there should be switch on each appointment that indicates whether the time or the timezone stays fixed for a given appointment.

  • bqx40 3:46 pm on March 7, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: 5kmarathon   

    Courier-Journal #fail: What’s a 5k marathon [Anthem 5k]? 

    Dear Courier-Journal.  5k is a distance.  If you’re unfamiliar, it’s 5 kilometers, which is roughly 3.1 miles.

    Marathon also refers to a distance.  At present, that distance is 26 miles, 385 yards or 42.195 kilometers.

    In history, the distance has been as short as 24.85 miles.  However, it has never been remotely close to 5k.  The last finisher of the Anthem 5k finished 30 minutes sooner than the world record marathon time.

    I do not expect the average person to understand the distinction; however, in order to report on a basketball game, you wouldn’t allow the terms “extra innings” and “overtime” to be confused.  “Home runs” vs. “Touchdowns?”

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