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<span style="font-family:Arial;">Let me start off by saying that I love pretty much everything about this race. The course is difficult, but very scenic. The people – spectators, volunteers, race director – are all incredibly friendly and they all go out of their way to treat the runners well. The village of Schroon Lake is a tiny little hamlet nestled between the Adirondack mountains and the lake and it consists of a Main Street and not much more. The temperatures this time of year are usually perfect for racing and the leaves are usually beginning to turn (although not this year). Anyway…</span><br><br><span style="font-family:Arial;">The temps on this day were perfect – 49 degrees at the start of the marathon and low 50s and sunny for the start of the half. Why were the temps different for the full and the half you ask? This race differs from many in that the half is actually run on the second half of the marathon course – the half also start a full hour after the full. The tradition at the ADK marathon is for the half runners to send off the full marathoners at 9am with a loud round of applause and then hop on a bus to their starting line. The only downside to this is that there is absolutely no place to sit at the starting line. You’re essentially on a road in the middle of nowhere (although it is closed to traffic at this point).</span><br><br><span style="font-family:Arial;">After about 30 minutes of waiting around, we were off. I lined up right on the line (no more being nice and lining up 3-4 rows back for me <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/biggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Very Happy"></span><span style="font-family:Arial;">) and got off to a decent start – probably 20th place or so a quarter of a mile in and moving up to 8th place soon thereafter. The eventual winner took off like he had been shot out of a cannon and I never saw him again after about the second or third mile. This part of the course is really beautiful – it runs south along the shore of Schroon Lake with the lake just 10 feet to your right with a view of the opposite shore and the mountains beyond. Anyway – the first mile split is 6:36 which is right about where I’d like to be. I’m still in 8th place, but second through seventh place runners are in a pack 5-6 seconds in front of me. In the second mile the pack ahead of me starts to break up and I pick off a couple of stragglers and move up into 6th still a few seconds behind the pack – second mile split is 6:40. Unfortunately, here is where the drama ends. I didn’t pass anyone else, nor was I passed for the remainder of the race.</span><br><br><span style="font-family:Arial;">The course then loops around the southern end of the lake and then makes a right hand turn and begins the long trek north up the western side of the lake to the village of Schroon Lake which sits right at the northern-most tip. The third and forth miles of the race were unremarkable – both around 6:38 per mile and I’m feeling really good. Still, I knew that there were hills ahead. The uphill climb begins in the fifth mile – the first “hill” really isn’t much, just a gradual climb of about 400 meters. My mile 5 split was something around 6:44. Unfortunately, this is the last flat mile of the race. Beginning in mile 6 the course begins to wind and trend upward. There is no one hill on this course that I’d consider to be extremely difficult. What gets to you is the fact that the hills continue to come one right after the other from mile 6 to mile 11.5. Each of these miles was slower than I would have liked – all in the 6:50-6:57 range. By mile 7 I reluctantly gave up on my time goal and began to concentrate on running a smart race with a new goal of not letting anyone pass me.</span><br><br><span style="font-family:Arial;">Mile 9 was an exception to the rule with respect to the hills. There was actually a nice downhill and I run something in the 6:40s for this mile. Another nice touch to this race is that a lot of the spectators take the time to learn who the competitors are. You see, prior to the race the race director puts out a booklet containing all of the bib numbers and corresponding names. Quite often you’ll see a family on the side of the road with a set of binoculars trained on you. What they are doing is trying to read your bib number before you pass their home. They’ll then look up your name in the directory and actually cheer for you by name when you run by. It took me a while to figure out how everyone knew my name, but ultimately it was very helpful.</span><br><br><span style="font-family:Arial;">Ok, back to the race. Once you crest the hill at 11.5 miles you finally get a nice big, fat downhill that lasts for about a half of a mile. This takes you into the village of Schroon Lake, so now it’s just a matter of time until you see the finish line. At this point I’m running out of fear alone – fear of being passed anyone really, but mostly fear of being passed by someone pushing a jogging stroller or something similar. At this point I realize how strange this race has been. I haven’t seen another runner since mile 2 other than the 5th place runner who ultimately finished 1+ minutes ahead of me. I’ve been listening for other runners behind me, but haven’t heard a thing.</span><br><br><span style="font-family:Arial;">The course then winds through town and eventually hits Main Street (where the marathon started). From there, you take a right-hand turn toward the park and the finish line. As soon as I made the turn I heard the finish line announcer telling the crowd that I was coming so the last tenth of a mile was really fun – lots of people cheering – saw my family with both DDs jumping up and down and cheering for me (which is, btw, the best part of each race). Gave them a little wave and then headed to the finish. Played it up for the crowd by kissing the guns right before the finish line (the made the announcer laugh out loud for some reason <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/confused.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Confused">). Finish time: 1:29:53. Not exactly what I had hoped for, but, given the difficulty of the course, I’ll take it.</span><br><br><span style="font-family:Arial;">I ended up 6/450 OA; 4th overall male (just missed out on receiving one of the really cool carved bear trophies that were given out to the top 3); 1st place in the 35-39 AG (my first ever AG placing). My award for placing first? A bottle of genuine Adirondack maple syrup. The label on the front is customized and has all of the stuff that you’d normally expect to find on a trophy. Very Adirondack-esque.</span><br><br><span style="font-family:Arial;">A few photos from the event:</span><br><br><span style="font-family:Arial;">Here I am kicking it in to the finish line:</span><br><br><span style="font-family:Arial;"><img alt="" src="http://i14.tinypic.com/4kaqb6o.jpg" style="border:0px solid;"></span><br><br><span style="font-family:Arial;">Here I am at the awards ceremony (with the beautiful Schroon Lake in the background):</span><br><br><span style="font-family:Arial;"><img alt="" src="http://i18.tinypic.com/63v375z.jpg" style="border:0px solid;"></span><br><br><span style="font-family:Arial;">And with my cheering section:</span><br><br><span style="font-family:Arial;"><img alt="" src="http://i12.tinypic.com/6d0ks90.jpg" style="border:0px solid;"></span><br><br><span style="font-family:Arial;">All in all a hard course, but a great time. I’ll definitely be back.</span>
 

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Congrats!!!!! Great pics, especially the third one. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile"> They are beautiful!
 

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Trev:<br><br>
Sweet run! And a nice race report. I cannot fathom time trialing an HM for 11 miles. That fear of being passed is intense enough in a 5k without giving it all that time to percolate.<br><br>
Congrats on the run and the very cool hardware.<br><br>
Love the pictures!
 

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Freaking nice job <b>Trevor</b>! I know you and when you say hills, they are probably closer to adolescent mtns. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/wink.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"> Another great tune-up to what I'm sure will be a nothing-less-than-spectacular fall marathon.
 

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Sounds like a gorgeous race! Well done, Trevor!!!<br><br>
And I think you totally win with your cheering section! <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...a sub 1:30 and an AG win. WTG!!! Outstanding. I guess blowing up treadmills as part of your training is really paying off. Great pic of you and your daughters too.
 

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Well done! Nicely paced and you came away with a smile. What more can you ask for?<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/icon_cheers.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="cheers">
 

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So basically you ran it all by your lonesome... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Sad"><br><br>
Nice race. Strong finish.<br>
Loved the report. Truly wonderful.<br>
Great picture of your girls.<br>
A few good ones of you too, old man. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/biggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Very Happy">
 

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Wow <b>T-Rev</b> - awesome job on the overall and the 1st place AG. Can't wait to hear how you do at your marathon. And its hard to beat your cheering section for certain (nice pics) - congrats!
 

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Very nice race and great report. I totally agree with you on the family cheering section being the best part oa any race. DW & DS's were at 3 different places for my 1st marathon with a bunch of other relatives at a couple spots. Very cool, especially the time I saw them at mile 25+ when I felt like dying.<br><br>
You've got some cute cheerleaders!
 

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Remember my PM? The second, better one? Yeah. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/biggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Very Happy"><br><br>
Great race, great report. Fantastic pictures. Congratulations!
 

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Wow, an age group win? That's pretty cool, congratulations!<br><br>
p.s. your DD's are adorable. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile">
 

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So sorry I missed it - but it really sounds like a fantastic event - and a great opportunity for you to show us all once more how much you kick butt. Great job!!
 

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Congrats on a well run race.<br><br>
The last pic is great!!!
 
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