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<p>I already posted a slightly shorter version of this in the daily for Saturday August 28th, but I think I'm supposed to put the RR in a separate designated thread, correct?</p>
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<p>I try to limit my races to a few that I run simply because I want to run them (usually A races), and a few that are fund raisers for good causes.  This one in Altamont, a picturesque little village just a few miles from my hometown, is the latter (it benefits the Altamont Food Pantry), not the former; and it also fit into my 15k training program as a hard 5k workout.  Throw in the fact that my son was planning to run in it with some of his XC teammates and it was a no brainer.</p>
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<p>I woke up at 5:00 and prepped by eating breakfast and a glass of water and a mug of coffee.  I only drink decaf now, except on race days. I had a large bowl of Kashi Heart to Heart cereal about 2 hours before race time, which has become my routine before running at work every day.  Since everything was laid out the night before, I didn't really have much else to do to prepare for the race this morning.  Oh, I did have to go back into the house after realizing I'd forgotten my watch.</p>
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<p>There were over 370 entrants, but only 327 finishers posted on the result board when I left. They may not have gathered all of the walkers' results at that point.  Anyway, I tried to look for some familiar faces so I could figure out about where to place myself at the start, but there were, surprisingly, none, besides my son and two of his teammates.  So I dropped in about 3 rows behind them and figured "close enough". </p>
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<p>I have never had this happen before:  At the gun, just as my row was beginning its movement forward, a boy that couldn't have been more than 6, along with his father, ran right into my path, from behind me, to my left.  I nearly stepped right on top of the little bugger and had to stop to avoid him.  They then proceeded to run at about a 10:00 jog in front of me.  Argh.  So I made a hard left to the shoulder of the road and put much distance between us.</p>
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<p>Mile 1 was a gentle uphill grade, though I didn't know that until I plotted the course on my RA log.  Just about 57 feet in elevation gain.  Not much, but had I known, I would have been more satisfied with the 6:54 split (shooting for 6:45).  That was just about the point where I keyed in on two runners who seemed to have really settled into a comfortable stride, and tried to pace off of them (though not exactly staying with them...) for the next mile and a half.</p>
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<p>Mile 2 was definitely downhill, though the elevation prfile shows it was only about an 8' elevation loss overall.  There was one section of about 3/10 of a mile that had a significant steady elevation loss, and that made me feel like it was all downhill.  Split at 2.0 mile point was 13:42 (6:48 mile), which surprised me since I expected that I was moving pretty quickly downhill. </p>
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<p>At around 2.5 miles, what to my wondering eyes did appear, but a very recognizable 16 year old son of mine.  He'd obviously bonked after going out too quickly with the faster guys on the team.  Once before I almost caught him in a race, and when around 10 feet behind him, I'd said "You aren't going to let me catch you, are you?", which prompted him to take off at light speed or slightly slower.  This time I just ran right past him stealthfuly, trying to hold a steady pace.  </p>
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<p>The race started and finished in a park.  The start had been about 100 meters before the entrance to the park; as I approached the entrance, I saw two of his teammates marshalling the race and told them to "Yell at Mark!".  I heard, "Come on Mark, you're YOUNG, You can RUN!"   <img alt="" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/huh.gif" style="width:15px;height:15px;" title="">    Not exactly what I meant, but it worked, as he passed me with about an 1/8th of a mile to go, and I couldn't quite catch him at the finish. </p>
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<p>I ran a pretty even 6:51 pace for the last 1.1, and in fact 6:51 was my pace for the whole race - I finished in 21:16 and he at around 21:14, I guess. No AG hardware for either of us - I was 7th in M45-49 and he was 12th in M13-16 (a lot of HS runners there).   I knew I left a sub-21:00 performance on the trail on Thursday, so I am not disappointed.  I'm hoping to break my PR of 20:38 in another 5k in 3 weeks. That is not an "A" race either, but I think I can peak for that run without hampering my preparation for the 2 "A" races on my schedule in October & November. This was still my 4th fastest 5k.</p>
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<p>Finished up with a recovery jog around the course for a total of about 8 miles for the day.</p>
 

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<p>No, he did, but rather than telling him to make sure he ate breakfast, I asked what he was going to have, and he said he didn't usually have anything.  So rather than force him to eat, and then be the reason for him having a bad race (You shouldn't have made me eat, <em>Dad</em>!), I hope to make it a learning experience for him.  If he hasn't already forgotten.....</p>
 

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<p>Excellent, BTY!</p>
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<p>If I remember what it was like to be 16, beating my dad would have been good enough, and I wouldn't have given breakfast a second thought. <img alt="" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif" title=""></p>
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<p>Best wishes in your pursuit of a new PR.</p>
 

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<p>Great RR bty!  I love 5K reports, mostly because I can relate to them.  It sounds to me you ran this at the best of your current fitness level, and that is all we can ever ask of ourselves.  Impressive effort!</p>
 
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