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Short story:<br>
Derry, NH, 16M Boston Prep <a href="http://gdtc.org/bostonprep.php" target="_blank">http://gdtc.org/bostonprep.php</a><br>
2:15 8:26 pace (my watch).<br>
Snowy day, traction was tough, winning time was 1:33 or so (5:49 pace).<br><br>
Long story:<br><br>
Background. I have been suffering with strained abs since 1/1. One week was4M total. This week is my comeback 40M with Derry today. The plan was just an easy long run. 9's or better that's all.<br><br>
Race day. Carpooled with elDano and Lynn, a couple of Minuteman Road Club members. Never met Lynn before, very cool woman. elDano is a cool guy too, we get along. One thing about Lynn, she is not a great navigator; she even confused her Garmin. At one point the polite female voice sounded a little frantic, and said please, just turn me off.<br><br>
We still arrived 30 min prerace. Of course the school lot was closed and they were directing people to the remote lots where shuttle buses bridged the gap. I suggested to Lynn that we pull up and check with the guy directing cars to the remote lot. Window down, and I say, we're just dropped off. Oh ok, go ahead. We found a great spot. I am such a jerk. Once inside it's the std. routine. It is snowing and 25 deg, so I wear tights and my lightweight (bright blue) running pants over. A hi tech T, a LS hi tech shirt, and a hi tech fleece shirt with high neck. Cool La Tortuga hat and gloves and I am all set.<br><br>
DocRobin was there! I hope she posts a RR with the cool pic that makes it look like I'm her best buddie. BobScammon was there too. A few more MRC folks, and some old disk drive buddies from where I used to work. I looked for Thor but came up short. Thor! How'd you do? Lynn chatted with someone who fit your description along the course. Could it be?<br><br>
Oh the race (or just run). First mile was slooow, now I know why I crowd the front. 10. Then it settled back to an 8:15 or so 2nd mile. A few miles in I heard a runner's shoes and asked what she had on. Screws in her shoes! Perfect! The snow was just a 1/4" but it made for tough traction, and the hills turned into cow paths with all the runners single file staying a strip of tractionable asphalt. I tried to move out and pass a few, but on a hill the slipping prevented it. The screwshoe woman and I chatted for a while, she had the coolest British accent. I move ahead a bit and next noticed the "downhill runner". A young woman who passed me with reckless abandon on the downhills. I got her back on the ups, and commented when I passed, see you on the next downhill. Sure enough, by she goes with a yoo-hoo! So I added some DH speed and kept pace. We passed a lot of people.<br><br>
Next was a 8+ m/M runner who had great pace and great form. I tagged along with her for a bit and the pace was great. At a water stop she stopped to walk through it and drink the warm Gatorade (oh wait, no Gatorade for her, water only). Anyway, I urged her to get back on pace as it was perfect for me. (Selfish me.) She obliged, so we chit chatted for a few miles. Although she claimed to despise hills, it was all I could do to maintain pace w/ her. I learned she has BQ'd and still has questions about fuel and hydration. Perfect! I told her about KickRunners and suggested she drop in. Kathy (or Cathy), if you are reading, think up a username and say hi! You would fit perfectly here. (But disregard what all the others say about me :^)<br><br>
With 3 to go, I cranked it up a bit and ran in with a 7:15 / 7:36 / 6:52. As I was passing folks, one of them says, oh hi Craig. !! John Lewicke! One of favoritist political disscussionists. Post race food was good. I hear the chile was great but did not stand in line. Had pizza and some great hummus and touboullie wraps. Lots of powerade. And a (too) short massage. Uneventful ride home.<br><br>
So, I guess I resume Boston training as that was the main goal of today. Should I get back in the game?<br><br>
Craig<br><br>
Splits / HR<br>
9:51 161<br>
8:13 162<br>
8:09 158<br>
17:38 164 (8:49)<br>
again<br>
8:31 163<br>
16:46 165 (8:23)<br>
again<br>
17:09 169 (8:34)<br>
again<br>
8:47 170<br>
9:12 172<br>
9:09 165<br>
7:15 176<br>
7:36 177<br>
6:52 177
 

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Oh, let me answer that one, LRR: No. He's a chick magnet.<br><br>
Caigr, get <i>going</i> on that Boston training, ya bum! (How in the world did you strain your abs? <img alt="confused.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/confused.gif"> )<br><br><span style="font-size:xx-small;">I think the mods should move this to The Finish Line.</span>
 

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Wonder if the ab strain was sympathy pain? Nah, I think it had to do with snow shoveling? I know nothing.<br><br>
But, that was a nice race report and Boston fer sher, you are ready, dude.
 

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sounds like you made it a fun race even though the conditions weren't great. You did awesome and are going to nail Boston!
 

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Nice racing ... I mean running, Pro. Sounds like you're back! Cool!<br><br>
I thought you had a snow <i>thrower</i>. How <i>did</i> you strain your abs?<br><br>
Maybe I don't want to know.
 

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Yeah!!!<br>
Yeah!!!<br>
Yeah!!!<br>
Yeah!!!<br>
Yeah!!!<br><br>
A chick magnet is right!<br><br>
Nice run in snowy and slippery conditions. You really picked up some speed at the end.
 

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Might be the worst job of sticking with the race plan that I've ever seen. You started out lazily, your splits were yup and down like a sore footed kangaroo, and you just threw caution to the wind over the last few miles. In short.........great job. If your Boston training plan goes like this race plan, I look forward to some very unorthodox training runs.
 

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Sandbagger! I knows one when I sees one!<br><br>
My race report is here: <a href="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/showthread.php?p=551191#post551191" target="_blank">http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/sho...191#post551191</a><br><br>
But the most important part of it I'll just post right here:<br><br><img alt="" src="http://im1.shutterfly.com/procserv/47b8df06b3127cceb40b77472be200000025109AcuWjho0ak" style="border:0px solid;"><br><br>
I got to hug the Pro! And I almost gave him a smooch, but that'll wait until Boston...<br><br>
--Robin
 

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I enjoyed your report Pro. From Robin's pics it looks tough out there. And why run with men when you can run with wimmins?<br><br>
congrats
 

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Hee, that picture makes me smile and smile.<br>
Well Cigar I guess I won't wait until Monday to ask you.<br>
You've already answered it. Get on it.<br><br>
Nicely done!!<br>
Aija
 

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I am grinning that you and Robin got to hug. I'll decide on the rr's later.<br><br><img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif">
 

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Pro! You crack me up. <img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif"> Honestly, I think I know your whole motivation for running now, heehee...
 

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Great run, CRiAG,<br><br>
but you've revealed the boomer men's reason for running. Nobody knew before now <img alt="wink.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/wink.gif"><br><br>
Hope to see you somewhere in the vicinity of Boston.<br><br>
Kevin
 

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Hi, Criga! I'm happy for you this didn't go as planned. <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif">Sounds like you are already back in the game! I, too, hope to see you in the Boston vicinity.
 

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Cragi,<br>
Sounds like a nice social event you took part in, chit chatting with wimmin all the way. Oh, and some nice runnin' too.<img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif"><br>
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Hi Craig,<br><br>
The Boston Prep is often a challenging race, isn't it? That's NH in January for you. Still, you ran well, chatted up a storm, and had a nice, fast finish. It sure looks to me like you're back in the game!<br><br>
Jay
 
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