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The short story (not my strong suit):<br>
It was f%$#ing hot. I was tired. I scored a PR.<br>
Total: 27:58<br>
Mile 1: 8:52<br>
Mile 2: 9:02<br>
Mile 3: 8:53<br>
.1: 1:10<br><br>
The full story:<br>
The Freedom 5K is a run/walk race held each year in Quiet Waters Park, not to far from us. We love this park because it has a Ski Rixen -- a cable park on a lake for wake boarding. I heard about the race a few weeks ago and not only convinced my husband to run it with me, but a couple of our friends who are new to running.<br><br>
Since all of our races are on Sunday, I didn't notice that the date on the entry form didn't match Sunday on the calendar. In the meantime, I ran very hard on Thursday, then did an hour on the elliptical yesterday, figuring I'd have 24 hours to recover. Nope. And while Philip only grumbled at having to adjust to a race a day earlier, it meant that my friends couldn't run it at all. At least they were nice about it.<br><br>
Last night we went to the movies, and our habit is to eat popcorn for dinner when we do this. So my pre-race fueling wasn't exactly optimum. Then I had trouble sleeping. And woke up with tired legs. So lets just say that my expectations for a PR were slipping.<br><br>
We arrived at the race and discovered that over 500 people registered, about 200 more than expected. At that point, I knew I had no shot at hardware, and figured I'd just run the race slow with my DH and enjoy it. I got a warm-up in and the legs slowly woke up. Then we made our way to the start line. I was secretly hoping for a sub 28 min race beforehand, or at least a PR, but I decided to just run for fun.<br><br>
Because of the number of people to process, they announced a 15 minute late start. This was smart, and very helpful for the fashionably late people who pulled into the parking lot at 7 am.<img alt="tool.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/tool.gif"> By 7:15 at the start, we were already roasting. Philip turned to me and asked if I wanted to run a 9 min mile. I knew this was fast for him, but it sounded perfect for me, so we made that our goal.<br><br>
The race was VERY well organized and shockingly, with so many people, there were no issues with people lined up wrong. Or at least, not ahead of us. We headed out and basically looped around the park. Quiet Waters used to have many, many beautiful trees before Hurricane Wilma, and I'll bet this race was wonderful in the shade. But QW was hardest hit of all our parks, and still recovering two years later. So we ran in the blazing sun. First mile: 8:52. And Philip was keeping up well. They had a water stop so I poured a cup on top of myself.<br><br>
The second mile took us onto a narrow path that wasn't paved well, very rocky, alongside the Ski Rixen lake. It was a little harder to hold pace here due to proximity, and a few people stopped to walk in our way. At about the 1.5 mile mark, Philip started having a tough time and by 1.75 he needed a walk break, so I kept going and picked it up again. Second Mile: 9:02. Another water stop, so another quick splash.<br><br>
The last mile finally had a tiny bit of shade. By 2.5 I was starting to feel nauseous from the heat and exertion, but I knew I didn't have far to go. I remembered JimR telling me in Toronto that I needed to learn to run in pain, and figured I'd take this time for a little lesson and hold it together. I focused on a woman running ahead of me and just slowly worked on picking her off. Then soon I was at mile 3: 8:53.<br><br>
For the last .1K I had little left in the tank, but kicked up a little. I crossed the mat at 28:02 race time, but by my watch (because of the number of people, and no mat at the start), my real time was 27:58. With my previous PR being 28:30, in cooler temps, I was very pleased to not only beat that time in the heat, but finish under 28. Philip finished 3 minutes behind me in 30:50.<br><br>
The post-race food was perfect. Well, the red, white and blue-dyed bagels weren't very appetizing looking. But they gave us popsickles at the finish line, then had many trays of watermelon to eat. I ate a lot of watermelon! I came in 18 in my age group and somewhere around 250 in the race, so about mid-pack. I'll take it.
 

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Just remembered: for some reason just after the start, I remembered the quote from Antag, "If I were a gay robot, I'd make sweet love to Optimus Prime," in somebody's sig line and started cracking up. Philip and several of the people around me gave me very odd looks. <img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif">
 

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Congratulations on your new PR Dev! <img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif"> Woo Hoo!!!! <img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif">
 

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Congrats! Good job! I am also learning about that whole running in pain (meaning great discomfort not the injury kind, of course) thing. I have yet to break 28 minutes in a 5K, so I'll use you as inspiration. <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif">
 

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Sometimes when you least expect it, you run your best....<br><br>
Congrats on the PR especially considering the weather conditions <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif">
 

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JimR is right. I have found that the final third of a race should hurt. If it doesn't then you went out too slow. If it hurts before that point then you went out too fast. Your splits suggest you went out just right!<br><br>
Congrats on the PR!
 

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Thanks guys!<br><br><img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif"> He does, too. Philip doesn't run that often, and hadn't run in 2 weeks, so it was stil pretty good for him.<br><br>
Thanks, Tigger! I think this is very intersting, and I'm continuing to learn wiht each race. Do you believe the above is true for a marathon or half mara as well? Do I need to learn to put in 8 painful miles? Run 8 hard on tired legs?
 

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Great job, Dev! The heat is so difficult to run in and you have a very nice PR to boot <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif">
 

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I find myself giggling whenever I think about antagonist also. <img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif"><br><br>
Congratulations, you worked hard for that PR and you deserved it. <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif">
 

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Congrats Dev on the PR!<br><br>
Also for introducing new runners. I can imagine the inspiration you must be to them.
 

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Great job and nice splits. Congrats on the PR! <img alt="hello2.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/hello2.gif">
 
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