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<p><span style="font-family:Arial;font-size:small;">By the numbers is at the end of narrative version.</span><br><br><span style="font-family:sans-serif;font-size:small;">I really didn't know what to expect for this race.  I went into glad to be excited about a race but knowing that the warm and humid weather and had not allowed me to push the pace much on my training runs.  I got down to the race area 90 minutes early and took my normal nap in the truck.  I then went out and walked around a bit looking for any of my friends.  I found one friend and talked to her for a few minutes and then I decided to take a short warm up run and see if I could find anyone else.  Nope no luck.  So I wandered around until they called us to the starting line.  I picked my spot and waited.  Finally at 7 AM the cannon went off and I joined the shuffle of people walking across the start line. After about 30 seconds I was across the line and moving along the streets of downtown.  I knew I didn't want to start off to fast since it was still a little humid and warm.  I just tried to move around the groups of slower runners without having to make lots of cuts and changes in my stride.  As I crossed the Main street bridge, I realized I was going to have to make a pit stop somewhere along the course.  Dang!  I make the turn towards the <span class="yshortcuts" id="user_lw_1286228632_0">Acosta bridge</span> and see the <span class="yshortcuts" id="user_lw_1286228632_1">water stop</span> and a couple of port-o-johns.  I grab some water and I see that one of them is empty so I go ahead and make my stop.  I then get back on the course and start the climb up the Acosta.  It is no where near as bad as the <span class="yshortcuts" id="user_lw_1286228632_2" style="border-bottom:#366388 2px dotted;">Hart Bridge</span> during the River Run but it is still a decent climb for just 2 miles into the race.  </span><br><br><span style="font-family:sans-serif;font-size:small;">After that climb it was time to settle into the rest of the race.  I knew I was off my goal pace but I was sort of hoping I could make it back up now that the main "hill" was done.  The course had taken us back to the north side of the river and time to run some flat miles.  I settled into a comfortable pace.  As I started to run past the <span class="yshortcuts" id="user_lw_1286228632_3" style="border-bottom:#366388 2px dotted;">mile markers</span> for miles 4,5,6,7 I realized that I was always close to my goal pace but never under it. By the halfway point I sort of knew I wasn't going to get my goal of 1:45 so I made it my goal to keep the rest of my miles under 8:15.</span><br><br><span style="font-family:sans-serif;font-size:small;">I was now headed back to the <span class="yshortcuts" id="user_lw_1286228632_4">finish line</span> and I could feel my leg starting to tighten up some.  All I could do now was concentrate on trying to maintain my pace.  I was now on the "downhill" portion of the race.  Not sure whey I call it the downhill but I do.  Probably since I was now in the final half of the race. As I approached the entrance to the riverwalk portion of the race the tightness was still in my thigh, just annoying but thankfully not painful.  I Made the turn onto the riverwalk and I was now in the final 1/4 of the race. I got up and over the tracks and I was working hard to not lose any pace.  I wasn't really looking at my watch so I was just going off of perceived effort. (Probably not a smart move!)  </span><br><br><span style="font-family:sans-serif;font-size:small;">By now I was on autopilot, I was just watching where I was running and trying to keep a steady pace.  I grabbed water or gatorade when they had it and tried to keep pace with people in front of me.  I passed a few of them and lost track of a few of the people that were in front of me.  I made the final turn and just crossed the <span class="yshortcuts" id="user_lw_1286228632_5">finish line</span>.  No burst of speed or anything fancy. I just continued to try and maintain whatever pace I was running.  </span><br><br><span style="font-family:sans-serif;font-size:small;">I accepted my finishers medal and the pint glass we got and I wandered off to find the adult beverage line.  As I stood around I ran into a few friends from my old company so I chatted with them.  Finally it was time to leave so I had to head home and get ready for my coaching duties.</span><br><br><span style="font-family:sans-serif;font-size:small;">Overall I feel like I ran a pretty smart race.  I tried to hold myself back in the pack, and not get sucked along.  Except for mile 12 where I really lost focus, I felt I did a pretty good job of keeping a steady pace.  Now I start aiming for the Outback 1/2 Marathon in November and then the Jacksonville Marathon in December.</span><br><br><br><span style="font-family:sans-serif;font-size:small;">By the numbers:        </span><br><br><span style="font-family:sans-serif;font-size:small;">To the Mat:  0:30  </span><br><span style="font-family:sans-serif;font-size:small;">Mile 1  08:28  </span><br><span style="font-family:sans-serif;font-size:small;">Mile 2  08:38  </span><br><span style="font-family:sans-serif;font-size:small;">Mile 3  08:09  </span><br><span style="font-family:sans-serif;font-size:small;">Mile 4  08:06  </span><br><span style="font-family:sans-serif;font-size:small;">Mile 5  08:07  </span><br><span style="font-family:sans-serif;font-size:small;">Mile 6  8:08  </span><br><span style="font-family:sans-serif;font-size:small;">Mile 7  08:13  </span><br><span style="font-family:sans-serif;font-size:small;">Mile 8  08:18  </span><br><span style="font-family:sans-serif;font-size:small;">Mile 9  08:20  </span><br><span style="font-family:sans-serif;font-size:small;">Mile 10  08:30  </span><br><span style="font-family:sans-serif;font-size:small;">Mile 11  08:37  </span><br><span style="font-family:sans-serif;font-size:small;">Mile 12  09:24  </span><br><span style="font-family:sans-serif;font-size:small;">Mile 13  08:33  </span><br><span style="font-family:sans-serif;font-size:small;">Finish  00:44</span><br><span style="font-family:sans-serif;font-size:small;"> </span><br><br><br><span style="font-family:sans-serif;font-size:small;">Overall:   240/876  </span><br><span style="font-family:sans-serif;font-size:small;">Age Group:  39/127  </span><br><span style="font-family:sans-serif;font-size:small;">10K -    51:43    </span><br><span style="font-family:sans-serif;font-size:small;">Chip Time: 1:50:23    </span><br><span style="font-family:sans-serif;font-size:small;">Gun Time 1:51:00    </span><br><span style="font-family:sans-serif;font-size:small;">Pace: 8:26</span><br>
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<p>you are speedy! good job, FB!!</p>
 

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<p>Great job, Eric!!</p>
<p>And I agree with meri~~~> SPEEDY!!</p>
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