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Original forecast 36F - 20 MPH winds - rain / snow<br>
Actual weather 36-38F no wind and sunny Wore shorts and a long sleave tech shirt. Race weight - 212# (But feeling light) <img alt="icon_bounce.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/icon_bounce.gif"><br><br>
5 weeks ago at Point Bock 5 mile run I managed a 6:18 pace - After a solid 4 weeks of training and higher mileage - I had this as a cut back week @ 90 miles. Monday I did 12 with 6 @ LAT instead of 16 miles and Wednesday I did 15 with 4x.75 at Vo2 instead of 18 miles and 6 reps. I then did normal thursday and ran 4 instead of 12-15 on Friday. So a cut back week and one day serious taper.<br><br>
A perfect April day for a race. I start in the second row - the gun goes off on the downhill start and immediately there are 70+ people ahead of me - This big horse tends to take awhile to get up to speed.<br><br>
Mile one they call out a 5:50 and the guy next to me is screaming "I'm scewed" - I let him know that all though the course is certified, it is a Gloria West race and the mile markers are almost always off - thet "We are fine", "Just relax" I am going by feel anyway.<br><br>
Mile 2-5 go by fast - I feel so good, I am just relaxing and holding myself back. We hit 5 miles in 30:57 - If it is accurate?<br><br>
10K - 38:33 - again if accurate. But this is where it starts not to be effortless and starts to be work. Mile 7-9 are I am just trying to be as effecient as possible - these are the slowest miles - someone(Tony) passes me strongly @ 7.5 - This is great, by mile 8 he has a 15 second lead, but I just focus on him and try to let him pull me along.<br><br>
Mile 10 @ 62:33 - I feel pretty good again. I just continue to focus on Tony. This is a real asset as a few slower people are falling back to me and it allows me to keep up with Tony not the people that have died.<br><br>
Mile 12 - I still feel good - I start to think about weather I should make a heroic push to catch up to Tony. I know doing this will leave me hurting for days and decide to just finish strong.<br><br>
The last .1 is a slight uphill finish and I am floating to the finish - I've run hard, but feel good. 1:21:45.5 - 17th place overall - 1st in "Clydesdales" Tony finishes 15 seconds ahead.<br><br>
Generally a flat course a few very small ups and downs. A lot of twists and turns and a lot of running on moderate road slant. But with perfect weather - I give it a 7 out of 10(They had Free Point Bock beer afterward <img alt="drunken_smilie.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/drunken_smilie.gif"> .
 

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you rocked!!!<br><br>
next time drag me along for the ride!!
 

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I gotta hand it to ya Mikey...I'm impressed beyond belief but not backing down. I think I may be able to handle you, or at least not get obliterated. Good thing I got a lot of time, so hopefully my pace goes down because I don't think I'm gonna be doing too much speedwork in my basebuilding for XC. I think that and the insane amount of mileage you have over me are your biggest advantages, but I look forward to the great competition. I ran out this summer when I started being faster than my older brother. <img alt="wink.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/wink.gif"><br><br>
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Mikey, two things:<br><br>
First, I'm glad that you decided to not keep the plug pulled and returned to running. You've got talent.<br><br>
Second, have I told you that I'm glad you returned to running? You are an inspiration.<br><br>
Great race, great story. I know you run to eat, but there's more to it than that, isn't there?<br><br>
Thanks for the report!
 

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Grizzly - I can not imagine inspiring anyone as much as you have for me. You have struggled and preservered through a lot -<br><br>
Thanks for props.<br><br>
There are a lot of Deamons that are irradicated through my running. Food is only one of them.<br><br>
Jennifer - I hope the Grandmas training is going well - I will be there and the weather will not beat me this year.
 
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