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This morning was my first 4-miler ever. My goal was to either run it in 40 or under or, even better, to run it at a 9:30 pace. I did a 5K a couple of months ago at 9:22 m/m, so it was kind of a stretch goal. My strategy was to run the following splits: 10:30, 10, 9:30, 9. Which is probably a poor race strategy, but I'm still figuring things out here. <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif"><br><br>
For the 4th of July, I wore a pair of American flag shorts that I got from Soark. They were super-cute!<br><br><b>Chip-Timing?</b><br>
The race was kinda chip-timed. We wore some large clear circular chips on our shoes that had to have a certain marked side turned up in order to get our times. But, I swear that at the start there was only what looked like a large floor mat that didn't even cover the entire start line, so while I know my foot touched that mat, I'm not even sure it was important and I know that a lot of people got nowhere near the mat.<br><br><b>The Race</b><br>
The streets were narrow and I was at the very back, so I had to wait possibly 1 or 2 minutes to get to the actual start.<br><br>
Mile 1, I was feeling okay. I had run 10:30s the day before and this felt about right. The time clock said 11:00 as I passed which was fine since this was, ya know chip-timed and it took me a while to get to the start.<br><br>
Mile 2, I picked it up a tad. However, I can't recall what the official time clock said. I think it was 21 something which again was good.<br><br>
Mile 3, I see a woman that beats me at every race further ahead of me and when she sees me at a turn around she motions me to pick it up. I keep telling this woman at every race that I will come in before her before the year is up; because we are both considered slow, she takes it as a compliment that I consider her competition. Okay, so now my plan is to definitely catch up to her which helps me through a slightly uncomfortable mile. Official time clock says (again, my memory is failing me) I think 30 nearly exactly and that is fine.<br><br>
Mile 4, I just focus on that woman's back and on the people that are breathing behind me. One guy manages to pass me around a corner and positions himself directly in front of me, so I have to go all the way around him and do a quick sprint to give myself some room (I HATE that!). Fortunately, this kinda helps me go even faster and before you know it I am reeeeal close to the woman I want to beat. I hear someone saying we're getting close to the finish and that 8:17 has elapsed in the mile and this woman was behind me, so this is good. My legs are feeling wobbly at this point, but I can't slow down when I am so close. I ignore the wobbles and get right next to the woman I wanted to beat, gave her a big ol' smile and sped past and now, the finish is super close, but the people in front of me are going too slow, so I even passed more people before finishing in???<br><br>
See, by this point, I felt so awful, I couldn't even focus on anything other than moving my body forward, so I didn't really look at the time. I know that after I had walked up, got my chip taken off, and hobbled over to the other side, the clock read 42 something, so I'm thinking it's likely that I accomplished my goal.<br><br><b>The Results<br></b>The results are finally posted and my name isn't even on them! Neither is the name of the girl that I started the race with. A friend of mine who is actually on there told me that they used her gun-time. There were rumblings of the course being 0.1 miles too long and that many people's chips weren't recording, so basically, I have no idea what my actual time was. I am so pissed! I swear that had to be one of the best races I've ever ran in terms of effort and I have a big ol' nothing to show for it. <img alt="angry6.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/angry6.gif"><br><br>
I will check online tomorrow to see if they've figured something out, but I fully expect it to be wrong either way.
 

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I hope you get your result time soon. I love what you wrote about the woman you see at races and "compete" with!<br><br>
The best part of races is the people. At least this is the case for me.
 

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That's so cool how you and that woman work together and today you caught her!<br><br>
I hope the organizers get everyone accounted for!
 

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Oy, it looks like I've maybe got company on screwed up race finishing times today. That's really hard when you've worked hard to get to where you did today, because it's not just all about the race itself, it's also about the work and time you've put in all the weeks beforehand.
 

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Great race Nettie! Sorry about the results stuff...Sounds like a lot of folks are having organization issues at their races today.<br><br>
I think you're safe in assuming you ran your 4 miles (or 4.1) in under 40 minutes, however.
 

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It sounds like you ran a GREAT race. And even if you don't have the stats for your first goal (which it sounds like you achieved), you do have the stats for your second. That runner sounds like a cool lady, and you did beat her, as you said you would. I'll bet she loved that.<br><br>
Congrats!
 

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Nettie,<br><br>
Although it doesn't effect your race results (or official lack-thereof), I had to almost laugh at your comment of running slow at 10:30 or 11:00.<br><br>
I would nearly kill for that now. <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif"> You're awesome, woman. Whether or not the race results show it.. you rock! <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif">
 

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Oh, I hope you get results, but you ran a great race either way! You beat your competitor!! Great job! <img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif">
 

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<b>Nettie</b>- Great race, that does suck that it doesnt even look like you were there. You have every right to be pissed. You know in your head that you ran a great race and did a great job, thats what really matters!
 

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Very nice! You planned to work and worked the plan! <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif"><br><br>
You are really getting faster <b>Nettie.</b> You've been putting in lots of hard work and it really shows in your confidence.
 

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How many times do I have to tell you 30's wimmins...if you're going to write a report about a fast runner chick wearing American flag shorts, we gotta have the pictures!<br><br>
Congrats on your race - hopefully the official results will be sorted out in a day or two (seems like the big holiday races always have glitches because of the # of people who run that ordinarily do not - Thankgiving is the same way!). WTG on the local competition too - ya gotta love that!
 

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Nice Job, it always feel good when you pass and beat someone that has beaten you in the past.<br><br>
Sorry to hear about the chip timing snafu. I am sure they will get it sorted out. Even if you only crossed the finish mats they should be able to get you a time and place.
 

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Believe me, I know that feeling. <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif"> Thanks for the compliment!<br><br>
Coming from you that means a lot!<br><br>
Ah, if only I were fast! I do believe that if I keep working hard I will definitely be fast(er) one of these days. <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif"> I might be able to get a picture in a couple days.<br><br>
Well, actually, the <b>results are in:</b> 40:58.2 which would give me a 10:15 pace over a 4mile course and a 9:59 pace over a 4.1 mile course and I will choose to believe the latter because <b>Harry Trotter</b> said it was so! So, 9:59 means I still go a lot of work to do; however, my next two races are a 10-miler and a half-marathon. <img alt="sad2.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/sad2.gif">
 
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