Race Report: Baden Mile 2010

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On Saturday, I ran the 21st Annual Baden Mile run in Karlsruhe, Germany. The 8.88889 kilometer (5.5 mi.) run begins in front of the palace and draws over 3000 runners each year. With the injuries that I have had lately I wasn't planning on racing the event, I was just there to have fun - of course the fact that my company was sponsoring those that chose to run the race had an influence.

My company picked up and distributed our start numbers a couple days before the race, so I arrived in Karlsruhe about 25 minutes before the event and parked in the big soccer stadium parking lot about 2 kilometers from the start. I waited about 10 minutes in my car, then jogged over to the start, passing through the beautiful gardens that surround the palace. With just minutes to go I joined the thousands of runners at the start, falling in about 2/3 of the way back.

After a couple minutes the starting pistol went off, or I guess it did, the crowd was too loud to hear anything. I started my Garmin and waited...it took at least 30-40 seconds for the crowd to begin to move, and then it was a slow walk. Eventually I could break into a slow run, then gradually picked up the pace. I guess it took almost 7 minutes to get through the first kilometer, but then the crowd thinned out a bit and I could get on my way.

As I picked up the pace to around an 8 minute mile, I was relieved that my leg didn't complain. I ran at this pace for a few minutes and tried to pick up the pace some more, but then I felt the discomfort that has been plaguing me in the left leg where I pulled my muscle during the last marathon. As I eased back to an 8 minute mile pace again the twinge disappeared, I decided not to push any harder.

I cruised over the rest of the race course maintaining this pace, I passed many hundreds of people, some who actually stopped and walked. I guess most of them started way too far in the front of the pack for their ability, or maybe I just started too far in the back. In any case it was good for my ego to pass so many people ;-)

Soon the sport stadium came into view and I knew I had less than a mile to go. My right foot hurt a bit, but my left leg was still fine. I rounded the corner and made the lap around the track to the finish line, just about passing a coworker in the last few steps. I finished in 46:16, about 4 minutes slower than my best time 3 years earlier, but totally acceptable considering.

I chatted for a couple minutes with coworker, then ran back to my car, 3 miles away. I guess I'm not in too bad of shape yet.

Tomorrow I'm heading off for my annual 50 km run in the Westerwald Forest, I'll let you know how it goes.

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Nice job on the 5K. Yea for 50ks! Can't wait to hear all about it!

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