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I've been thinking about running this race most of the summer. However, DW was scheduled to work last night, and I hate to leave the house early when she's only got 6 hours of sleep, just in case the kids wake up early and demand attention.<br><br>
However, shortly after I went to bed at 10 pm DW came in the door after getting out of work two hours early. The race was on! Since I hadn't registered I took off early and made the 20 mile drive. Shortly after I got in they close registration. Whew!<br><br>
I warmed up by jogging one mile down the out and back course. The temp was about 50F at that point, but it was starting to warm up quickly as the sun rose in the perfectly blue sky. I went to the starting line and looked around. Many of the fast local club runners were there. I recognized the woman who was standing next to me as the regular winner of the ladies 45-49 age group. I told her that I knew she was faster than me, so I offered her to move ahead in the queue. She laughed and said that she was "only going to run 7's today." I did the math in my head and thought, well that's still faster than I'm hoping for...<br><br>
They sent off the wheelchair athletes first, then when they were safely down the road we got started. I didn't wear my Garmin or a watch, so I was happy to hear that splits would be read at each mile marker. I thought the crowd was moving pretty fast, and that was confirmed with a first mile split of 6:45. I felt pretty good! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile"> We continued on along the freshly paved blacktop country roads, passing fields of grass, alfalfa and corn. The course went by one of our favorite farm stands and they had a <i>"10% Off for Runners"</i> sign out front. I knew that DW would come back out for that!<br><br>
We passed mile 2 at 13:28 and mile 3 at 20:14 so we were on a remarkably steady pace and I still felt good. I had joined up with the woman I was speaking to at the start and another woman in her late 20s. Some time in the 4th mile we started to separate and I continued on trying to keep pace with the runners just ahead of me. As the course approached the turn-around I saw my buddy from work hanging tough in the top 15, trailed closely by a female D2 all american/oly trials marathon qualifier. Go Kenny!<br><br>
Mile 4 split at 26:59 and I did the math in my head - <b>Holy Cow</b>! If I can hold on I'm looking at a big PR. There was one last water stop up ahead in the distance. When I got there I grabbed a cup, wet my mouth, then poured the rest over my neck and legs. Now we were back on the course where we started and I could see the city's water tower in the distance. There were kids in front of farm houses yelling encouragement and manning the sprinklers.<br><br>
Mile 5 split at 33:4x and I knew that my best shot was to try and hold pace, but forget about kicking. Mile 6 seemed long and I was breathing hard and loud. I could see the finish in the distance and I passed a few runners ahead of me. A runner came up on my shoulder and said "Good race, I've been pacing off of you for 5 miles!" I pointed at the 20-something girl we had just passed and said "That's fine, I was pacing off of her!"<br><br>
The announcers were doing a great job calling out nearly everyone's name and I was really jacked to cross under the banner in 41:45, a PR of over 1 minute, and in 66th place overall. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/biggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Very Happy"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/biggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Very Happy"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/biggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Very Happy"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/biggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Very Happy"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/biggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Very Happy"> This is also a new "baseline" PR for me as it pertains to McMillan's Running Calculator.<br><br>
My buddy Kenny finished in a big PR of 36:59 and got 13th place overall, which is just fantastic in a race of this quality. Great job Kenny!
 

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Excellent race report duck! It's like I was there (tied to a Kenyan, of course)! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile">
 

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Wow DG! That really is fast in my book.<br><br>
So glad you could get out and run it. When's your next race? I think you deserve to have your family grovel at your feet for a little while.<br><br>
Is there any way I can hoist one with you next weekend? I'll be coming through at midday on Friday, heading back north sometime Sunday morning.
 

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Hey Hippo,<br><br>
DW is working on Friday night, but otherwise I'm available. We could have lunch on Friday or Sunday brunch. I'd also be willing to drive up to the pass on Saturday if that works out best for you. Are you camping at the ski resort?
 

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Wanna be my pacer? (I know that's a huge time commitment so don't feel pressured.) But pacers get some special privileges, basically get to run the second half for free.<br><br><div style="text-align:left;">More likely, if you just want to come up to the pass and go to a couple of the aid stations after 50K it would be totally worth it to me just to see another familiar face. I'll be taking the 3AM start (I think) and running at a 14-16 hour pace which gives you an idea when I'll come through.<br><br><br></div>
 

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Hippo, that is really an interesting proposal! Let's use the PM feature to discuss it. DW is definitely supportive of me going up to help out.
 

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Congratulations Duck! That's some speedy running. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile">
 

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Fantastic job <b>Duck</b>!!! Felt like I was breathing heavy right next to ya... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/wink.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 

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Thanks everybody! I'm still pretty fired up about that time. TOTALLY unexpected, perhaps making it all that much sweeter.<br><br><b>Maria</b>, I hope that was double entendre! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/wink.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 

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Way to go - Great run and magic time - I can but dream these days...<br><br>
Liam
 

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That's some great racing <b>Duckie</b>. Now pick your marathon carefully so that you can join PC and me in Beantown next year.
 

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great race and great race report! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/wink.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 
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