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I signed up for this 5 mile race a while back and then convinced <b>sauconRunner</b> and <b>eccabex</b> to join me. Since this was a Christmas race we did our best to show our xmas spirit. <b>Eccabex</b> provided the elf hats and I provided the bells, which we wore on our feet. You certainly could hear us coming. I had run the Rothman Institute 8k in Philly a month prior and didn't "race" it, instead I approached it as a fun run with my online friends. I decided I was going to run this race as fast as I could.<br><br>
The race starts off going downhill and I used this to gain some time while I was still fresh with energy. The middle portion of the race along the river was fine. I developed a side stitch around mile 2 from eating my oatmeal too soon before the race. The side stitch stuck with me and I told myself to just run through it, which I did. There was a drink station at mile 2.5 and I grabbed one at the end (my first race drink, I did okay.) I felt like I was slowing down somewhere around mile 3 but tried to keep up with everyone around me. Back across the bridge where I came upon a father/daughter duo, she looked like she was about 12 yrs old. I struck up a conversation with them going across the bridge about the fact of how lucky she was to have a personal coach. At the end of the bridge we had a hill to climb. The father told his daughter to lower her head and pump her arms. To that I added "and just repeat 'I love hills'". So I dug inside and started my mantra and sprinted up the hill, passing everyone ahead of me. One guy said to me as I passed him "You love hills!" I responded "I LOVE HILLS!!" At the top I said to some woman around me "okay, that killed me" but I kept my pace hoping to recover my breathing. We turned the corner and I suddenly got very cold. My blood sugars were dropping quick. I felt like I was going to puke, but I'd felt like that for most of the race, evidence that I was indeed running faster than I normally do. I slowed down to recover my breathing and that cold feeling went away. I was tired and almost talked myself into walking for a bit but my awesome speed workout on Thursday played in my mind and I told myself I could do it. So off for another sprint to the finish. I averaged 8:46 minute miles, not sure exactly what each mile was since my watch doesn't give me that info and there were no mile markers in this race. If this had been a flat course I know my pace would have been faster. The guy I passed on the hill who said "You love hills!" finished soon after and said to me and said "Great job Jingles! I kept trying to catch up to you and couldn't." That's all I needed to hear. I felt great!! I really enjoy this distance much more than the 5k. I'll definitely try another 5 miler the next time one comes to the area.<br><br><div style="text-align:center;"><img alt="" src="http://i168.photobucket.com/albums/u161/jillfo/running%20stuff/jinglesneakers.jpg" style="border:0px solid;"><br></div>
 

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You need to do an online seminar on hill love for those that are deficient in that area. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile">
 

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Great job <b>Jill</b>! Not so long ago you were fighting that 3 miler barrier, and now you're dropping 8's in 5 milers. You've made really impressive progress, and have gotten speedy speedy, girl. Nice!
 

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Alrighty <b>Jill</b>! Looks like you're making progress in your running - can't wait to see what happens in 2008 for you. Congrats!
 

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Holy Hard Core Woman!!!!<br><br>
side stitch, vomit, low blood sugar!!!? Shit! you lazy like Baggs and Tough like Voo all at once!
 

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Super job, <b>Jill</b>! Impressive amount of determination and ass-kickery!
 

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A flat course would have been faster but so boring! I've had that puke threshold experience in several races. You handled it really well. I ran a 10k in September where that happened (at the top of a hill), and I had dry heaves and lost about a minute. My best 5 miles is 44:35 and that was a training run. It was helpful to hear how you raced that distance because I have an 8k coming up New Year's day, and like you, I want to run it as fast as I can.
 
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