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<span style="font-size:xx-small;">This report in memory of Michael DeRobertis, who got me off the ground and running 3 years ago. Thank you, Michael!</span><br><br>
It was a dark and foggy morning.<br>
I blasted my PR -- it was my wilda$$ 2008 half marathon goal -- by just one second.<br><br>
Easy peasy goal: sub 2 (yawn)<br>
Feasible goal: PR, sub 1:56:28<br>
Secret goal: Beat Tamster's 1:53<img alt="confused.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/confused.gif">?<br>
Wild goal: 1:51:00. Dare to dream!<br>
Off the charts Ya Right <img alt="roll_eyes.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/roll_eyes.gif">: sub-1:50<br><br>
I drove 1.5 hours to the pretty and tiny hamlet of Turner Oregon. Clad in only a running skirt and a loud, short-sleeved biking shirt*, I set off amongst a crowd of 500 or so. I saw 2 guys in shorts. It was about 33 degrees, no wind, in pretty dense fog. Joe Henderson remarked later that he thought we got extra oxygen from the fog (I believe it!). These kind of conditions are why the PNW is such a great place to race.<br><br>
The only drawback to the course was the cambered roads and many turns. It was a choice -- do I veer off to cut to the tangent on each of the many corners, or keep to the center, where the road is more flat?<br><br>
Goal pace was 8:45; solidly a PR pace.<br>
mile 1 8:19 too fast!<br>
8:20 too fast! (alarm, alarm)<br><br>
My friend Patricia, whom I normally sail past halfway through in our races, set a shockingly fast pace. I listened to myself and decided that what I was running was my "happy pace" and not to worry.<br><br>
8:44<br>
8:31 passed Patricia<br>
17:07 2 miles, avg 8:34<br>
---halfway point = 55:40<br>
8:19<br>
8:27 (ate a hammergel...you know bike shirts have these great pockets?)<br>
7:59 felt strong!<br>
8:15 thumbs-up sign to a group of cyclists got me some cheers<br>
8:17 charge!<br>
8:08 passing more people!<br>
:54 hang on for dear life...might actually go sub 1:50!<br><br>
end = 1:49:59 (2nd half = 54:15; negative split)<br><span style="font-size:xx-small;">web results say 1:50:00.4, but I lost 5 seconds at the start. Watch says 1:49:55</span><br><br>
No age group glory (4th/19) -- this fast course attracts the speedy. I am THRILLED! I can't come down from the ceiling!<br><br>
*<a href="http://www.freespiritwear.com" target="_blank">www.freespiritwear.com</a>, "Oregon" model.<br><br>
Race photo:<br><a href="http://www.backprint.com/view_user_photo.asp?PID=bp%18~A&EVENTID=29924&ID=45665247&FROM=photos&CAT=0&SUB=0&BIB=375" target="_blank">http://www.backprint.com/view_user_p...&SUB=0&BIB=375</a>
 

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Wow. Terrific race.<br>
The negative split shows that you are both in very good shape and highly disciplined.<br>
A great way to start the new year.
 

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Holy Shit!!! Econo, that is amazing!! I am so pumped for you! <img alt="banana.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/banana.gif"><br><br>
Give me some oxygen saturated fog, pleezzzzee.
 

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You are truly a Goddess <img alt="notworthy.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/notworthy.gif"><br><br>
Great job, Econo!! <img alt="banana.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/banana.gif">
 

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Great job, Econo, very impressed with your performance! Easy does it for the next couple of days <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif">...<br>
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Econo, you are smokin' fast <img alt="banana.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/banana.gif">
 

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Econo,<br><br>
Very simply, take the tangent.<br><br>
Craig<br>
And oh yeah, smashed the PR!! Yikes, and a sub 8 mile in there! Ok, time for a new goals map. Throw that old one away.
 

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wow - I'm quite honored that beating my HM time was a part of your goal for the day!!! LOL And I'm thrilled that your competitive spirit drove you to not only beat my time, but SMASH it to smithereens!! That's a kickass time Econo!! Congratulations on such a great race!!!
 

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Awesome, Econo! Congratulations on annihilating that old PR!<img alt="banana.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/banana.gif">
 

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Well done, Dr Econo! I am absolutely delighted for you.<br><br>
Way. To. Go!
 

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<img alt="notworthy.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/notworthy.gif"><br>
and<br><img alt="hello2.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/hello2.gif"><br>
and<br><img alt="toothy9.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/toothy9.gif"><br><br>
!!!!
 

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I'm afraid to ask which skirt you paired with that LOUD shirt. <img alt="uhoh2.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/uhoh2.gif"><img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif"><br><br>
Sounds like you turned that nervous energy into SPEED! Smashing race, Econo!!!
 

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Oh. My. God! Econo, that is so absolutely awesome and amazing!!! I'm soooo proud of you! This deserves a whole bunch of dancing bananas! <img alt="banana.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/banana.gif"><br>
(ok, I'll just post one... don't want Mustang getting out the gun...!)<br>
Way to go, dear! This is excellent stuff.
 

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Holy Cow! Way to obliterate that old HM PR! Way to go, Econo! Looks like that speedwork with the administrator is really paying off!<br><br>
Congratulations <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif">
 

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Wow Econo...thats an amazing run! Thats a fun little half and yes there are some speedy folks in that race. Keep up the good work.
 

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That's what I'm talking about! Don't even try to come down off the ceiling. <img alt="notworthy.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/notworthy.gif"> Didn't I tell you that you have IT?
 

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<img alt="shock.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/shock.gif"> Econo! Wow!<br><br>
What a thrill to run a breakthrough race like that! I am very happy for you. (I didn't even know you were racing this weekend.)<br><br>
There is a disturbing lack of photographic evidence here.<br><br>
Yes, take the tangents.
 

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Hi Econo! What a well done race and report. Congratulaions on surpassing your goals. Larry
 
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