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Well, today was quite an interesting day. To be honest, this entire weekend has been quite amazing and interesting. Yesterday would have been a perfect day for the race, it was in the 30s and partly sunny...clear at night, and my brother set up a bonfire for us <img alt="banana.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/banana.gif"> it was great.<br><br>
Then this morning, I wake up, and it's snowing outside. I love snow, I do, snow runs are great...but I've never done a snow run that was 16 miles long. Still upbeat though since it was about 25 degrees and very little wind.<br><br>
I get to the race around 9:30am, I find Equinox and he has strawberry-banana bread for me <img alt="surprised.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/surprised.gif"> and we chit chat until around 9:50 when we head down to the start. We chat until around 10:20 which is when the race finally got going (20 minutes late, not too bad).<br><br>
So we were off. Derry is a "moderately challenging" course, and the first mile is mostly uphill. My plan for this race was to go out slow and try to run as much as possible. There was one hill that I wanted to run the entire way up and other than that, didn't really matter.<br><br>
Mile 1 was a bit slow, but I wanted to go out slow. Mile 2 I was too fast (but happy that I did that in the long run!). Mile 3 was great, a bit fast, but great. Mile 4, my feet were wet...the problem with the weather, the roads were sloppy. Miles 2 & 3 have some down hill parts to them, as does mile 4, and going downhill for mile 4 was rough due to the road conditions. I slipped a good 3 times in that mile alone.<br><br>
Mile 5, that's when the uphills start again, and they don't stop until mile 12, no joke. I was feeling great mile 5 up until mile 10. I had family cheering me on around mile 6 and then again at mile 10. At mile 9, the one hill that I needed to run the entire way up...I did!<img alt="banana.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/banana.gif"><img alt="banana.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/banana.gif"><img alt="banana.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/banana.gif"><img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif"><img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif"><img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif"><br><br>
So then I get to mile 10, see my brother's and their SO's and just am quite happy and strong still. Hit up mile 11 and I'm starting to fade...see, between 10 and 11 "the hill" starts. I start doing a walk/run approach until the top of "the hill" at mile 12.<br><br>
I started debating at that point if I would run the rest of the race. I knew my bro's would be at mile 13 and wondered if I could just run 13.1 and then turn back to 13 and call it quits. I kept slidding, my feet were frozen, my calves were cramping, and the wind had kicked up. (Found out 15-25mph by that point).<br><br>
I had some water at a water stop and got my strength back...so I saw the fam again at mile 13 and I knew, I would finish. I crossed the half marathon point, looked at my watch, and saw it was my slowest half marathon time, EVER...but I didn't care.<br><br>
Kept going....just keep running...I run because it is my lifestyle...run, run, run....there is a point when you are on a busy road...and I knew if I could make it to the church I'd be home free.<br><br>
All of the sudden I was at the church...already?<br><br>
Mile and a half to go...past the cemetary, kept going. I caught up with this woman that I kept playing leap frog with, she's running Boston (good luck again!) and we both could use a running partner for the final mile.<br><br>
She and I kept talking, and I kept looking at my garmin to give us updates as to how much further we had to go.<br><br>
Finally, we're in the final 0.2 miles, make a right and you see all sorts of people and know the finish line is there. My brother, who ran Derry last year, was at the base of the hill....and he jumps in behind me clapping me forward, I tell him he needs to keep going with me <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif"> and he does until right near the finish line. The woman I ran with and I crossed the line about together, and both had a tremendous feeling of satisfaction <img alt="surprised.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/surprised.gif"><br><br>
My unofficial time was about a minute slower than last years time, however, with the conditions this year, I'm super excited I was that close!<br><br>
I will run Derry again next year, I love this race, I hate the hills, and one year I will master all the hills...I only have "the hill" to master now <img alt="cool.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/cool.gif"><br><br>
So yes, I am quite happy with my results.<br><br>
My feet have been cramping, my legs are cramping, I have a nice blister on right foot, andn I'm tired...but man am I happy with the race. No medal this year, instead we got awesome headbands with "Boston Prep 16 Miler" on them! Plus the shirt rocks!<br><br>
So there you go, my RR for Derry....25 degrees, snow, slush, and 15-25mph winds...what a day!
 

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A WONDERFUL recount, Flobear!! That is so great. I feel like I was there with you, struggling with you. Great job, and I'm glad you love the race so much!! It shows in your race report. That's what it's all about, really, isn't it, the love?
 

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Congratulations on toughing it out. It was tough out there today!<br><br>
I'll run it one of these years - that year being the one I'm training for a qualified Boston.
 

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Congrats on a great race! How wonderful to have your brother run you in! The headbands rocked, I totally agree. It's definitely nice to have something to wear out and about while really running. Weird...my medal from last year just isn't all that comfy...<br><br>
It sounds like your race went great, despite the slipping and sliding and sloshy stuff. Congrats!<br><br>
--Robin
 

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Awesome job Flobear! I'm glad you got up that steep hill at 9, and I'm glad you decided to push to the finish.<br><br>
As some of you know, I've posted on a couple different web sites with Flobear. We've talked by e-mail many times too. I felt like I knew her even before I met her today. She's as awesome in person as she is on these boards folks.<br><br>
I've gotta agree with Flobear, the headbands are great. So much better than a medal. I mean, medals are nice, but if you're like me, they go in a drawer and they're hardly ever seen again. The headband is more likely to actually be used, especially since I run outdoors year round.<br><br>
Again Flobear, great job out there today! Hopefully I'll see you next year! <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif">
 

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Great report and an even better race.<br><br>
Congrats and job well done.
 

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Thanks everyone...I think of you all during my races, especially during the tough ones. I thought I'd post the official results <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif"><br><br><br>
Official time 2:47:57, 10:30 ave pace<br>
5 mile - 49:45, 9:57 pace<br>
10 mile - 1:41:40, 10:10 pace<br>
13.1 mile - 2:17:38, 10:31 pace<br>
16 mile - 2:47:57, 10:30 pace<br><br>
Everything here is my slowest ever, but I'm so proud of it!<br><br>
I placed 563 out of 654, 643 who finished, 11 DNF. 46/52 in my division.<br><br>
Compared to 2007:<br>
2:45:31, ave pace 10:21<br>
569/632<br><br>
See improvement <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif"> I still think if the conditions were better I would I would have kicked last years time!
 

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Flo great job on that race in some tough conditions. Your report made us feel like we were all right there, even got me thinking, hmm...how far is Derry from my parents' place in Vermont? <img alt="wink.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/wink.gif">
 

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Yeah, you rock, and you know it.<br><br>
Have a safe flight back!
 

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Flobear - congrats on a tough race. You showed much determination! I enjoyed your report.
 

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Nice going Flobear! It's great that, despite this being a seemingly nightmare race, you're so positive... <img alt="notworthy.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/notworthy.gif"><br><br>
Also, it must have been a kickrunners party at the race judging by all the reports being posted. I kinda feel like I missed out on something fun... then I saw the elevation chart. <img alt="razz.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/razz.gif">ale:
 
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