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The B2B is the only race I've ever run multiple times, so it's a pretty good indicator of general fitness for me.<br><br>
I'm not very fit. <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif"><br><br>
Conditions: Bright sun, warm but not scorching. 4300+ participants vs. 3200 last year. I believe this also takes into account the 4.5 mile fitness walk that runs concurrently.<br><br>
Last year I set a pretty good PR here, but coming into today I had pretty low expectations due to a mixture of physical ailments and a bloodletting that was a bit too close to the race.<br><br>
When my shuttle bus arrived at the start I had about 35 minutes until the gun. I did some warm up jogging and a few short hill strides, drank some water and headed for the start. It turned out that we started about 15 minutes late, so the crowd was getting restless by the time the national anthem was sung and we were sent on our way.<br><br>
When I got to the top of the 1 mile climb that begins the race I was about 15 seconds behind from last year and considerably more winded. Turning downhill I determined that it wasn't a PR type day, so I'd try to run a smart race instead.<br><br>
Mile one (up) was 8:08, two was 6:20 and number three was 6:57.<br><br>
I got to the 3 mile mark at just over 21.5 minutes and I settled into a 7:20ish pace for the flats. It was hot and sunny as we ran along Amazon Parkway, and I took advantage of the water stops by wetting my mouth and pouring the rest of the water over my neck and back.<br><br>
Mile four was 7:14, five was 7:23 and mile six was 7:18 as we headed for the home stretch. I passed a couple of different friends along this stretch who had also decided that today just wasn't going to be great for them. In a way, that really helped my spirits.<br><br>
There was enough kick left in me to pass a few runners towards the finish, but I was pretty spent by the time I reached the chute. Clock time was 45:0x and watch time was 44:5x, or about 2:20 slower than last summer. But I'm happy with that and it was definitely an honest effort.<br><br>
All in all, it was a great event, well administered (other than the late start, probably due to a lot of walk-up registrations) with lots of food/drink at the end and an attractive cotton t-shirt.<br><br>
Congrats to the new organizers (eclecticedgeracing.com) on taking over such a high-profile event and breaking participation marks!
 

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Ya know, I'd kill to be not very fit and be able to pull out 1 mile at 6:20! <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif"> Good job on a tough day!
 

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<b>Nettie</b>, here's why I could manage that 6:20:<br><br><img alt="" src="http://www.buttetobutte.org/images/elevation2.jpg" style="border:0px solid;"><br><br>
I don't think this is particularly accurate, but it gives the general idea. <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif">
 

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Great Race Duck!!! I think I forgot to give you a race shout out over in the 30s daily thread.
 

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Well, I'm definitely a mid-packer. Any subjective terms only apply to a sample where n=1! <img alt="wink.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/wink.gif">
 

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Fitness is relative for each of us, that's for sure. Even though you're not at your peak right now, it's great you had fun.<br><br>
What two buttes are involved in this race?
 

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I'm glad you posted that elevation profile - for a second there, I thought you had multiple personality disorder and Slow Duck ran the first mile and Speedy Duck ran the second!
 

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Spencer's Butte on the South edge of town and Skinner's Butte (yes, like Principal Skinner) at the river's edge in downtown.
 

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That was my thought exactly too, <b>Nettie</b>. I'd kill for a 6-something mile (well, actually, it would probably kill me <img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif">)<br><br>
Really good job <b>duck</b> on what looks like a fairly challenging course; it's nice to hear the race was well-put on to boot.
 

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They just said on the evening news that the reason for the delay was the long lines at the portapotties. <img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif">
 

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Go figure! <img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif"><b>Duck</b>, great race and a great report. Like someone told me recently, they cant all be Prs but you always have it in the back of your head that youd like to PR everytime. Next time
 

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Yep...you really sand bagged it Duck! I expect more out of you next time, buddy. <img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif">
 

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I'd probably puke out all my internal organs if I "tried" to run a 6-something mile. What happened to that guy? Did he get hit by a car and explode? Nah, he tried to run a 6-something mile.<br><br>
But now that you know your fitness is lagging, <b>Duck</b>, get to work.
 
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