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Bill Roger's Jingle Bell Run ----<br><br>
Short report - 19:25. 3rd in AG. 42nd OA.<br><br>
I was dreading and loving this event from the get go. First it sounded like great fun, an excuse to visit La T, and spend my FIRST OVERALL gift certificate.<br>
Then the snowstorm hit; thank God it was postponed. Today's forecast was heavy rain. Thank goodness it was modified to heavy rain, but tonight. To make matters even better the 4pm (?) start was changed to 11am, yea! Just to set the stage as to why my feelings of doom were valid, here is my weekly mileage post Hartford marathon.<br>
26 / 11 / 27 / 23 / 27 / 18 / 22 / 15 / 23 / this week 3.1<br>
So I was seriously worried about about going over 20min. for the first time.<br><br>
La Tortuga was really nice to let us park in her driveway prerace as Davis Square, Somerville is nearly downtown Boston. DW and I pulled in just as she was finding a street spot for her car, how nice . Kevin (kameele) pulled in right after and we got to hang for a few minutes (and use the very nice private bathroom) prerace. We all walked a block or two to race start and of course it was nice to be able to hand off the extra shirt. Kevin and I warmed up for a good 10 min. just wandering the streets close to the start. Just as an aside, I predict Kevin will be one of those runners looking for advice on how to move from runner to hunter over the next year or so. He has potential, we just need to egg him on from being geniunly nice guy, to agressive, macho, jerk like so many of us. It will come, I tried insulting his family and started to get a rise from him, I could swear.<br><br>
Ok, race start. An old favorite racer from RI recently passed on, Boyle. A bagpipe version of Amazing Grace. Now Billy's 60th birthday today! A birthday song! OK, Ready Start Go, we're off. I am oh 3rd row. Crowded, 2000 registered for a 5k! Mile one 5:46. No more markers. First mile was too fast (normal for me). At maybe 2.5M there is an elite Ethiopian woman on her back just off the course. She has helpers so I figure nothing I can do. Finish 19:24. No results yet. Kevin comes in nicely under his previous Somerville 5k (but well over his potential).<br><br>
Now the good part. From my Shape Up Somerville 1st OA, I was holding a $50 gift certificate to Chinooks. A very classy outdoor style clothing place just a block from LaT's place. (Contact La T re that place.) So then we peruse a couple of Davis Sq. pubs like Burren's but go to Redbones because we could (!). The best beer I've had this month and some BBQ that was HOT!!! Yum! BTW, Kevin headed off to keep peace in the family pre lunch.<br><br>
Back to La T's to get the car and head home, which we did. So there's only one question left, Mary! How'd you do??<br><br>
Craig<br><br><img alt="" src="http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y128/ced53/JBR07.jpg" style="border:0px solid;">
 

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Sounds like a fun time and you didn't go over 20. No pictures?<br>
Um, and this is in the wrong place <img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif">
 

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Nice job on lower mileage, Pro. What did you ever do for La T to take such good care of you? <img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif"><br><br>
You know hally can move this for you, right?
 

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Nice racing Pro!!!!
 

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What a rebel.<br><br>
hally, we're not allowed to comment or give an atta boy or anything until it's in the right place; correct?<br><br>
Anyway, what do I know about 5k racing anyway? I want to know what you picked up with that gift certificate and what kind of beer you had! C'mon!! <img alt="mad.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/mad.gif">
 

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Hi Craig! Great report and great time. Glad you were able to do better than you thought. Larry
 

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Oh my! Souc you are so right to correct me!<br>
The coolest gloves I now own, and a hat which is in style and comfortable. Now I can retire the rayon maroon with a white stripe that I've been wearing since 1981 (no shit).<br><br>
And the beer! Avery imperial something. Dark and flavorful and smooth. Just excellent.<br><br>
cheers,<br>
creaig<br>
ps my calf is a little tight this morning. but ok. goiun swimmin.<br><br>
 

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Craig,<br><br>
Great job out there. Nice report and you finished in under 20 min. So I guess you still have run over 20 min post marathon.
 

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Sorry we weren't around to cheer you on. Congrats. We were in Brooklyn planning to run over the bridge but heavy rain and only one pair of shoes canceled that out.
 

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Nice job pro. Some residual training takes care of those short races. Enjoyed your report.<br><br>
You look like you've been working in that pic.
 

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Great run Pro, enjoyed the report.<br>
With that weather report I thought all that swimming was going to come into play.<br>
jjj
 

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All that worrying for nothing -- not only did you finish sub 20, you had room to spare. That's funny about you trying to get Kevin riled up.<br><br>
Congrats on your 3rd in AG! You've still got "it" !!
 

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<span style="font-size:large;"><span><img alt="" src="http://i244.photobucket.com/albums/gg9/LaTortuga13/Craig_Finish2.jpg" style="border:0px solid;">Nice going Pro!<br><br>
Sorry - I haven't figured out the photo posting ... yet!<br></span></span>
 
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