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Yes, folks - stand in awe of me as I was the winner and hence the course record holder of the 1st annual 5k on 5 Mile! All praise ME!! <img alt="notworthy.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/notworthy.gif"><br><br>
OK - now that I've got that out of my system, let's proceed, shall we?<br><br>
This 5k was held on a ~2.5 mile trail that officially opened today about a half mile from my house - hard to NOT do it! To celebrate the offical opening, a buddy organized a group ride and run on the trail...I joined for the ride (about 16-17 miles) but opted for the 5k run. As I was warming up, my friend and his group joined me and promptly pointed out a young punk that looked like he had my number. And the woman who won the Flying Pig Marathon was there as well so there was a possibility for me to win the men's division but not the race! Anyway, since this was the inaugural race, I didn't recognize any of the blazing people so I thought I'd place pretty high.<br><br>
This new trail is pretty hilly - not one of those rails-to-trails deals! The race started on a pretty steep hill that was probably .2-.3 miles long, then it leveled, then another uphill and then a downhill part to the turnaround. On the way back there was a little spur that we ran which was also pretty hilly. I was hoping for a time around 18:00 - I'm in faster shape than that but I've been pushing it pretty hard the last 2 weeks so I didn't know what I'd have in me - luckily the weather was perfect - almost too cold for the bike ride I did but ideal for running.<br><br>
At the start I forced myself to take the hill kinda slowly and still I was in a pack just behind the punk my buddy said would toast me. He was ~10 yards ahead and looked like he was barely working - I hated him for that! A larger guy was running alongside me and asked what I hoped to run - when I said around 18:00 I could tell from the look on his face and the huffing and puffing he was doing that he wouldn't be around for long. Eventually I pull away from the group and stay ~10 yards behind the leader but I notice he wasn't going any faster. I stayed with an even effort and was right behind him, but I didn't want to go around him till late in the race - but I did think he was just waiting to turn it on. We came up to the turnaround and he runs past the cones 2-3 yards before I told him to turn...not sure how he missed the big sign and the cones that were laid out very clearly, but I slowed down and let him get ahead of me rather than trying to push him out of the way.<br><br>
As we went back up the hill I was directly behind him and could tell he was working pretty hard. Still keeping it even, I started to pass him and then he would kind of slide over. I don't think he was doing it on purpose, but with people running the other way and taking up most of the trail, he was pushing me into other people. SO I'd slow down and go around his right and then he'd speed up. I tried the left again and pulled even, but then a big group of walkers nearly took me out so I went around his right and went ahead of him. There weren't any mile markers but this was right around the 2 mile mark so I said "Screw it - I'm going to start pushing." I couldn't see him and couldn't hear him because he was a pretty quiet runner so I thought he was right behind me.<br><br>
I hit the little spur and that hill really hurt. I was working pretty hard and had no idea where he was but I thought I was clear of him and didn't want to turn my head to give him any encouragement. At the turnaround on the spur, I saw he was dead - he was 20 yards back and it looked like the fight was out of him. The 3rd and 4th place guys were another 20 yards behind him so now I'm thinking "OK - 4 minutes or so and you're done and no one is going to catch me on that big downhill to the finish!" I kept up the tempo as hard as I could till I reached the top of the downhill and took a peek behind me - I saw nothing so I knew it was all good. Opened the stride up and took it home in 18:46 - a bad time but I thought it was due to the hills (found out later from several people with GPS that the course was more like 3.25 miles - which I think would put my 5k time right under 18. The guy who I'd been racing got passed late and took 3rd, and the Pig winner won the women's race, probably about 30 seconds behind me.<br><br>
I cooled down with a guy I'd seen at a bunch of races locally so I may have found another training partner. The race director told me they'd considered making the award a fireman's helmet rather than a plaque - that would have been so much cooler!! I sure hope word doesn't get around about that and I can defend my title - I know the course record will fall if they actually measure out 5k rather than 3.25 miles!<br><br>
This was only the second race I've ever won and I gotta tell ya - it's a pretty cool feeling! You always know it totally depends on who shows up so you feel like you snuck one if you win, but it's cool nonetheless.<br><br>
Off to San Francisco to pace the marathon next week - I doubt I'll win that one but I'll be bragging about this race for awhile! <img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif"><br><br>
Gratuitous use of smileys:<br><br>
Cheers to me - <img alt="surprised.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/surprised.gif">ccasion5:<br>
I rock!<img alt="headbang.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/headbang.gif"><br>
It weren't no big deal <img alt="cool.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/cool.gif">
 

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I'm unimpressed. Where was the stroller?<img alt="notworthy.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/notworthy.gif"><img alt="walk.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/walk.gif"><img alt="blob10.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/blob10.gif">
 

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I was just coming to shower you with praise, but I think you've done a better job of it than I ever could. <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif">
 

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Im with <b>Scratch,</b> the stroller 5k was more impressive. <img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif">
 

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Rock on, Pacer Dude, rock on!<br><br>
A win is a win, don't diminish it by saying it was because the other speedy people weren't around. You are still cooler than they are today. <img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif">
 

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<b>Great Job Pacer.</b><br><br>
You'll just have to train harder for next year's firefighter helmet. <img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif">
 

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Wow! I read that a bit quick and saw, "I was coming to shower with you..."<br><br>
I'll simply offer my congrats on a job well done. You can wash your own back!
 

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<img alt="lol.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/lol.gif"> I don't know if I'd fit in there given Pacer's admissions about his showering activities.
 

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You're so right, <b>Nettie</b> - who needs our praise? <b>PC</b> is like Secretariat at the Belmont when it comes to that <img alt="glasses9.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/glasses9.gif"><br><br>
Seriously, awesome job with the 5K plus 5-hundredths, <b>Chris</b>! Looking forward to seeing ya when ya get out here to SF next weekend.
 

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Congrats, Chris.<br><br>
I can only imagine what winning feels like. In your neighborhood, to boot.<br><br>
Enjoy San Francisco.
 

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Congrats Chris - it does feel good. Way to put the smack down on the youngin! If it wasn't for the giveaway in the topic, I thought for sure you were toast when you told him he missed the turnaround.
 

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Seriously, Chris, this congratulations on good racing all the time is getting boring. Do something really exciting, like win a race and write up a descriptive, enthusiastic report for us.<br><br>
Oh, wait...<br><br><img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif">
 

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<img alt="hello2.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/hello2.gif"> Ahhhh yeah! Showers with Nettie and a big win - you're a total stud!
 

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<img alt="lol.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/lol.gif"><img alt="surprised.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/surprised.gif">ccasion5:
 
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