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2011 Young Life 5k [Nascar track]

13 Mar

This race was two laps around the Charlotte Motor Speedway. I wasn’t planning on doing another 5k anytime soon, but this sounded like such a neat venue for a race. Unfortunately, the result was a disappointing PR. Or is that an oxymoron? My official chip time was 26 minutes even, which is 10 seconds faster than my prior 5k. My race strategy going into this: I looked at my previous 5k splits (8:04, 9:09, 8:03) which were on rolling hills with a nearly exclusive climb for the second mile and figured I could get 8:00/mile easy on this course. Possibly even 7:45/mile. So prior to the race, I really thought I had 25 in me, but this was just not my day.

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2011 UNCC 5k

5 Feb

Some time last year I caught the running bug. I started jogging/walking slowly and sporadically, but by the end of 2010 I was running about 15-20 miles a week. I knew that to keep 2011 interesting, I would have to sign up for a few races. I decided on the UNCC Homecoming 5k as my first race for several reasons. First, I am an alum, so I am familiar with the area. Second, the campus is local to my current residence so I would have plenty of opportunity to run the course before race day. Lastly, a 5k is a good starting distance and it was one of the few 5ks I could find in the Charlotte area in the January/February timeframe. Continue reading