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<p><span style="font-family:Arial;font-size:small;">It has only taken me 2 weeks to get around to writing this, sorry.  Real life has gotten in the way.     The short by the number version is at the end like usual.  </span><br><br><span style="font-family:sans-serif;font-size:small;">I had a heck of time staying motivated to run since the start of the new year and I knew this race was going to be tough for me this year.  I checked the weather and found out that I would need to find some sweat pants etc to keep me warm until race time.  It was currently 40 degrees with the temps supposed to be near 50 by the middle of the race.   After tracking down my sweat pants, I gave myself my race day haircut, woke up my son to make sure the back was sort of neat and then I finally hit the road.  </span><br><br><span style="font-family:sans-serif;font-size:small;"> By a little after 7 I was at the parking area and I was sort of surprised at how full it was.  I found a spot, and stretched out to relax for awhile since I had almost an hour before I even had to move into the corral.    I got bored of trying to sleep so I wandered out, tried to find friends and hit the port-o-johns.  Lots of people were complaining that a lot of them were out of paper.  I found a couple of people, chatted with them for a bit and then I made my final trips to the johns and to my truck.  I got into the corral and then it was the hurry up and wait part of the race.  As I was sitting there I decided to set my watch for what I thought would be a realistic goal time of 72 minutes for the race.  After I had that set, I realized that based on the pace the watch was showing me, there was no way I was going to be able to maintain that pace.  I left the watch as is, in case I had a heck of run and thought I had a chance of meeting that goal.  I ran into a friend that used to coach my daughter so we talked for a little bit, killing time until it was time to run.  Finally it was time for the Elite women to be sent off, then 6 minutes later we were released.  Unfortunately the cannon mis-fired so the announcer guy was shouting GO-GO-GO into the pa system.  </span><br><span style="font-family:sans-serif;font-size:small;"> </span><br><span style="font-family:sans-serif;font-size:small;">The gun went off and I set off with the masses.  I was able to find several nice open spots where I could run and get into a decent stride and rhythm.    I hit the first mile marker  and I realized that I wasn't probably going to get my top 10% hat this year.    I also realized that I had not set my pace alert correctly.  Oh well, I decided to just run by feel and see  how it went.  Mile 2 and 3 went by and I was just trying to run a steady pace.    I had gotten separated from one friend that I was talking to before the start of the race and somewhere during mile 4 I saw here again and I tried to hang with her.  Buuttttt no such luck. I was working hard to just maintain my own current pace let alone try and get caught up enough to keep her in sight.  </span><br><br><span style="font-family:sans-serif;font-size:small;">I passed by the group that camps out in their yard every year, offering beers, and sausage and mimosa's to the runners and just smiled and laughed as I saw someone stop for a quick splash of beer.    I was now passing the halfway point and I knew that it was going be a bad race for me.  Bad being a relative term of course.  The course curled back into another set of neighborhoods that and for whatever reason these 2 miles are ALWAYS the longest. Not sure why but they always feel really long to me but the splits are accurate.  I began to make the climb up the <span class="yshortcuts" id="user_lw_1300916376_7" style="border-bottom:#366388 2px dotted;"><span style="color:#366388;">Hart Bridge</span></span>.  The usual group of drummers were there playing their drums and cheering everyone on as we all begin the ascent.  </span><br><br><span style="font-family:sans-serif;font-size:small;">Just after getting past the drummers  I heard what I thought was music but as I got closer I could hear that it was a <span class="yshortcuts" id="user_lw_1300916376_8"><span style="color:#366388;">military cadence</span></span>.  Usually at this point they have music as you are cresting the bridge but this year someone had gotten a hold of some cadences done by the marine corps.  Very cool to hear.  I made it to the top of the bridge without walking, which is another annual goal of mine.  Then it was the final downhill mile into the <span class="yshortcuts" id="user_lw_1300916376_9"><span style="color:#366388;">finish line</span></span>.  Lots of people started to pass me and I just tried to maintain a solid pace.  I finally got into the <span class="yshortcuts" id="user_lw_1300916376_10"><span style="color:#366388;">finish line</span></span> chute and just cruised into the finish line.    I collected my medal, got a post race picture taken and then I wandered to the beer truck to see if any of my other friends were around.  Unfortunately no one was around so I finished my post race adult refreshments and had to head straight to the soccer pitch to help coach on opening weekend.  </span><br><br><br><span style="font-family:sans-serif;font-size:small;">In general,  I ran about 5 minutes slower than I what my realistic goal was.  I had hoped to run 70 minutes for 15K but I sort of knew/figured based on my training that would be real stretch.  I figured I might be able to run 72 minutes, until I entered that time and distance in my watch and saw what the pace would have to be.  I sort of shelved that goal then and I just ran and made it my goal to not walk.  Which I did do.  My final time was 77 minutes.  Unfortunately I did get slower for every 5K.    I am hoping that next fall/winter my enthusiasm/running mojo/desire, whatever you want to call it returns enough that I want to train better than I did this year.    Now I have to figure out if my time will get me seeded for next year or if I need to figure out a way to run a quick 5K in the Florida heat and humidity to get a better seeding position.  </span><br><br><span style="font-family:sans-serif;font-size:small;">My Splits were:</span><br><br>
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<p><span style="font-family:Arial;font-size:small;">1 00:07:50  </span><br><span style="font-family:sans-serif;font-size:small;">2 00:07:49  </span><br><span style="font-family:sans-serif;font-size:small;">3 00:07:55  </span><br><span style="font-family:sans-serif;font-size:small;">4 00:08:13  </span><br><span style="font-family:sans-serif;font-size:small;">5 00:08:01</span><br><span style="font-family:sans-serif;font-size:small;">6 00:08:17</span><br><span style="font-family:sans-serif;font-size:small;">7 00:08:16  </span><br><span style="font-family:sans-serif;font-size:small;">8 00:08:58  </span><br><span style="font-family:sans-serif;font-size:small;">9 00:08:37  </span><br><span style="font-family:sans-serif;font-size:small;">Finish 00:02:15</span><br><br><span style="font-family:sans-serif;font-size:small;">From the race results:</span><br><tt><span style="font-size:medium;">Overall 1989/a bunch!  :-D  </span></tt><br><tt><span style="font-size:medium;">Age Group: 226/987  </span></tt><br><tt><span style="font-size:medium;">Race Mat Splits:</span></tt><br><tt><span style="font-size:medium;">5K  24:45    </span></tt><br><tt><span style="font-size:medium;">10K   50:23  </span></tt><br><tt><span style="font-size:medium;">Finish - Chip  1:17:03  </span></tt><br><tt><span style="font-size:medium;">Finish-Gun    1:17:29  </span></tt><br><tt><span style="font-size:medium;">pace 8:17</span></tt><br><br><br>
Pictures:</p>
<p>The haircut:</p>
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<p><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.kickrunners.com/content/type/61/id/80233/width/1000/height/800/flags/" target="_blank"><img alt="GateRiverRunCut.jpg" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="16508" data-type="61" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/content/type/61/id/16508/width/243/height/320" style="; width: 243px; height: 320px"></a></p>
<p>On the Hart Bridge:</p>
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<p><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.kickrunners.com/content/type/61/id/80235/width/1000/height/800/flags/" target="_blank"><img alt="GateRiverRun2011-Bridge.jpg" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="16509" data-type="61" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/content/type/61/id/16509/width/260/height/385" style="; width: 260px; height: 385px"></a></p>
<p>After the race:</p>
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<p><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.kickrunners.com/content/type/61/id/80237/width/1000/height/800/flags/" target="_blank"><img alt="GateRiverRun2011-Finish.jpg" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="16510" data-type="61" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/content/type/61/id/16510/width/258/height/387" style="; width: 258px; height: 387px"></a></p>
 
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