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So it was a year ago just about that I ran my first running race ever, the 5K option at Brian's Run, a race that attracts some faster runners from farther away because of the prize money offered. The race was originally held to help with the medical expenses for Brian Batcher, a high school football player who got paralyzed in a scrimmage. Since then, it has continued on to help raise money for a variety of charitable causes.<br><br>
I did the 5K last year about 4 weeks after I had begun running and it was a good experience. I had to walk some parts of it but it helped set in my head that running was something I wanted to do. Of course, I never imagined that 18 days after it I'd break my tibia. So I got a long period of downtime and self-review and focused on keeping myself inspired that when I could run again, I would do so more safely and stay healthy, since that's kind of the point.<br><br>
I had an easy soft goal for today's 10K. Early in September, I had entered a 10K to give me the experience of longer race distances before I would run my half-marathon on November 18th. September 8th turned into a nightmare. I was fatigued and the weather was miserably hot and humid. The second half of the 10K race that day I was reduced to mostly walking and had an awful result of 1:13:30. I also finished DFL. Man, that sucked. My easy soft goal for today is pretty obvious -- set a PR. Considering that on a number of training runs 10K or slightly greater in length I have beaten that time, this one was a lock barring unforeseen circumstances.<br><br>
Also in view of the fact that since early September the gradual increase and building of miles had given me a much larger number of runs beyond 10K distance and that any number of 10K segments in Philadelphia on November 18th had beaten that ugly result, it was just a matter of showing up.<br><br>
The weather was rather miserable though. Sleet and rain. Some of the rain was freezing.<br><br>
Another pretty easy goal was to average under 10 min/mile pace.<br><br>
Then it scales up a bit and the hope to break 1 hour.<br><br>
I got up to the health center building around 45 minutes before starting time. Just hung out in there, better weather I may have been out to do some short warmups but today I just figured I'd let the first couple of miles warm up my legs.<br><br>
Got to see <b>Larry</b> about 10 minutes before the start time. He was heading outside, I stayed in, needed to eat a couple of glucose tablets and I just didn't want to wait any longer out in the cold rain sleet longer than necessary. A couple of minutes later I put my Big Ugly Yellow Gloves on and headed outside with the rest of the stream of runners going out.<br><br>
They didn't mess around any with the start. Got us going right near 1:00 and no one complained about that. I set about to trying to run at pace just below tempo running pace, I didn't want to get up to the comfortably hard level right away with my legs and body still warming up.<br><br>
I warmed up nicely enough and just tried to settle in to a good rhythm. No mile signs were up, although in a few places I spotted the painted numbers on the road. But I tried not to pay the watch too much attention. Maybe I wasn't going to push myself up to the edge, but it didn't seem all that important to me. I was happy to be running again in the anniversary race, happy that my tibia healed up and I was running, happy that the weather wasn't too miserable and I was running, happy that my blood sugars were good and I was running. With all of that, whatever number turned up at the end would be cool. I felt good.<br><br>
They did have a clock up at the 5K mark and I hit my watch. 29:58 on the split. So I had a shot maybe at breaking 60, although I knew the last mile was mostly uphill. I decided to see if I could bank some time on the downhill until mile 5 came long. So I tried to run harder. It felt okay.<br><br>
Then came Tigue Road and the uphills began. The early one really hurt. I got over it, got past a couple of people who had to start walking, but even after getting over it my legs weren't quite so good. One thing I try to often do in training runs is reaching the top of a hill and then kicking it a bit. This time I got to the top and there was no kick. Yuck.<br><br>
But I was still running and I kept going. Finally could see the football stadium. Turn and then onto the track for the last bit. I managed to chase down one who had been in front of me as my legs found a little bit of kick left to them. Crossed the line and hit my watch. It showed 1:01:40, but subtracting the time to reach the starting mat, that's about 1:00:37 for this 10K. So I didn't pull off a negative split.<br><br>
I wandered out after having my chip removed from my shoe. Blood sugar was good. The weather was cold. I grabbed a hot chocolate for some warm liquid and just headed off to my car about three-quarters a mile away. I noticed that some shrubbery had ice on it. I looked down at my shorts and there was some ice on the front of them. When I got to my car and looked in the rearview mirror, there was ice in my hair.<br><br>
It was a good run.
 

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Good to see you as always.<br><br>
I know I've said it before but you've come a long way in a year.<br><br>
Good job today.
 

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It has been quite a long strange trip and thank you. I hope we see each other there again next year and that the weather is a bit nicer in 2008.
 

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ugh. i cannot imagine running outside this morning. I know a lot of folks from my running group run that race every year. I went to go start my car this morning for my long run and it was freezing rain!!! You guys are brave to run in this. I stayed on the treadmill <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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Great run, Scratch. And so close to your "out there" goal of breaking 60 minutes. You seem to be at the beginning of a great upswing.
 

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Happy racing anniversary, Matt! To pull of a 13 min PR in a 10K is incredible, especially in less than ideal weather conditions. I guess the cold agrees with you more than the heat does. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile">
 

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Way to beat the elements! You were super close to breaking 1 hr and I am certain you will do it at your next 10K, meanwhile, I'll be trying to best your half-marathon time. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile">
 

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You've made great progress...way to go. You right on the edge of busting through that barrier. Great job! Way to brave the conditions out there today too. Ice in your hair and on your shorts...that's cold!
 

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<b>Matt</b> - hard to believe a year has passed since you first raced. Time has flown, hasn't it?<br><br>
You've made some great progress despite all the setbacks and the like. Great race, especially considering the conditions - breaking one-hour should be well within your grasp next time out.<br><br>
BTW, I think we'll have to add your BUYGs to <b>Voo's</b> BSOD/<b><span style="color:#008000;">Maria's</span></b> green shorts, and the ever-encompassing Mr. Gobbles as the standard of 30s runwear
 

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Congratulations <b>Scratch</b>. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile">
 

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I don't know if it was a great race, but it was good and it'll be one I remember for the weather conditions. But overall I feel my pacing was pretty good and I've been thinking that maybe I would have gone under an hour if I hadn't done over 20 miles the week after Philly and the half-marathon. It's been hard for me to gauge just how much that took out of my legs.<br><br>
It's definitely nice to put a little more distance between me and the nightmare 10K back in September, although I can't underestimate how important that race ended up being in teaching me to respect feelings of fatigue and the importance of pacing.<br><br>
They posted the results last night and the chip on my shoe says I did it in 1:00:35 so I may have been quick on the trigger at the start or slow on it at the end or some combination of those two. With a result like that, I now have at least one easy soft goal for next year, get a 10K in under an hour. All that I need to do for that is work on the base some more and get my times from 5K to half-marathon closer to the line seen in predictions based up McMillan's calculator or Daniels' VDot tables.<br><br>
This closes out the goal races that I felt I would be able to make back in January while my leg was in the cast. That's another reason why I felt so happy while running it yesterday. It seemed so far away when I did that first lap around a track on April 21st. I earnestly felt it was possible, running a half-marathon on November 18th and being able to do the 10K at Brian's Run, but my legs had a lot of work ahead of them 7.5 months ago.<br><br>
I just hope it's a good craziness that leads to a guy running on a day where he ends up with ice on the front of his shorts and in his hair.
 

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Congrats to you! You'll break an hour next time for sure. Sorry I missed the race and the chance to cheer you in.
 

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I love this.<br><br>
What an amazing first year of running you've had. Great job, Matt, on the race today and conquering everything you've been through thus far. That sub-1hr 10K is right there for you. It was probably just the weight of the ice on your shorts that slowed you down this time. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/wink.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"><br><br>
Seriously nice job on a carpy weather day.
 

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Good job - anniversary races are good because you can gauge your progress. I'd say you've definitely progressed just from reading the bit about ice on your shorts and hair. You, my friend, are a runner.
 

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Way to go, Scratch! Great race!
 
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