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<span style="font-family:'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-size:medium;">SIL and I decided to run this race. Little over an hour drive to get to this event and it started at 7:30 so I had to get out early left my house at 5:25. It was already humid as hell and not a cloud in the sky when we got there, about 40 minutes before race time. For the first time ever I did a full mile warm up prior to the race at about 1 minute per mile slower than my goal race pace, including some 1 block strides. Got a very good sweat going with 15 minutes til race time. My goal was to run 7:40 pace with very even splits and be much more aggressive at the start than my 5 mile race 3 weeks ago. There were 205 finishers in the race and it was crowded at the start line. I got boxed in pretty good for about the first .quarter mile and then ran pretty hard to get free of it. Actually to say I ran pretty hard to break free was a mega-understatement.. My first mile clocked in on my Garmin at 7:13. Holy crap, that is way too fast. As you finished mile 1, you could see solid climb up a hill coming. I normally love hills, but after my opening mile registering 30 seconds a mile too fast, the hill put a hurt on me and as I finished up mile 2 I looked down to see my mile 2 split at 7:55.. they had a water break at 2.5 and boy did I need it. There was very little shade and the sun was killing me. I took about 30 seconds to drink a full cup, walking along to do it. A few people passed me, but I caught all of them right away. we then climbed our second hill of the course and I am struggling, but mile 3 comes in at 7:56 so I am holding my pace and I did lose some time at the water break (intentionally) so I am okay with that. Mile 4 was a bitch, but I knew they had a second water break at about 3.5 miles so I hung in there telling myself I could grab a cup of water and then go for a killer finish. I shuffled through the second water break as a bunch of people skipped the water here and passed me (I actually caught every one of them!!) I drank a little and poured a bunch over my head and then told myself I would cruise to mile 4 and then go like mad in the final mile to the finish. I assumed with two big uphill climbs in the first half I had a big downhill coming in the final mile where I could make up time. Mile 4 rings in at 8:01…ugh..wish I would have skipped the second water stop. I am holding steady and at about 4.2 on the garmin I ask a girl next to me if we do indeed finish downhill and she says “yes, two big down hill stretches to the finish are coming” knowing this energizes me. Sure enough at 4.4 on my garmin I head down a very good downhill stretch and I open it up, get to the bottom if that hill, turn a corner and there is the second downhill…I pick it up even more…I feel like I am flying…I reach the bottom of the hill turn the corner with one block to go and I keep my momentum. My Garmin actually measurse the course at 5.03 (so slightly longer than an 8K) so I get to see my mile 5 split just as I am a few steps from crossing the finish line…my split is 6:55…I know I was running downhill, but that is unbelievable for me. Although I can say it was hard, even with theonwhill and it hurt...a lot</span></span><br><br><span style="font-family:'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-size:medium;">So my Splits are</span></span><br><span style="font-family:'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-size:medium;">7:13</span></span><br><span style="font-family:'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-size:medium;">7:55</span></span><br><span style="font-family:'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-size:medium;">7:56</span></span><br><span style="font-family:'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-size:medium;">8:01</span></span><br><span style="font-family:'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-size:medium;">6:55</span></span><br><br><span style="font-family:'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-size:medium;">Official Chip time is 38:02 with a 7:40ish pace</span></span><br><br><span style="font-family:'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-size:medium;">61/205 overall</span></span><br><span style="font-family:'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-size:medium;">8/20 in my age group</span></span><br><span style="font-family:'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-size:medium;">45/103 among all men</span></span><br><br><span style="font-family:'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-size:medium;">SIL in came in at like 41:30...real slow for her..she said the 3rd and 4th beer from last night hit her about mile 3.</span></span><br><br><span style="font-family:'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-size:medium;">I am thrilled with my run, I hit my 7:40 pace dead on and if I skip the second water break I am under 38 for sure.</span></span><br><br><span style="font-family:'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-size:medium;">Great course, with two very solid hills to keep you honest. Chip timed which was way cool for a race with only 205 people. Super organized and some real fast people. Winner was 25:15. in fact top 5 men all under 26. I would totally suggest the MN peeps do this on in 08!!</span></span><br><br><span style="font-family:'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-size:medium;">Only negative is I remain a pacing <b>horror show</b>. The day I figure out how to run 5 miles in a row all at 7:35-7:45 my running life will be much easier.</span></span>
 

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excellent job, man! Even if the pacing isn't what you want, that will come w/ practice, right? You listened to your body and floored it! AWESOME!
 

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Again <b>Korbel</b> great job!<br><br>
I have found that now that I have to keep a certain pace (for when I lead the marathon training group on Saturdays), I have a better indication of pace by feel and I think that's already coming in handy for me on other runs/races.
 

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Great job and a nice report <b>Korbel</b>! Im with ya on the self pacing, I havent got the hang of it yet. Again great job!
 

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For shorter races, I always start out too fast as well to clear out of the crowd. If you can keep it under control just a little, you'll feel much better. Try this, since you're a Garmin Guy - during your warm up, run the first half mile of the course if you can and note a landmark at the .25 and .5 mile markers - tell yourself you won't be anywhere near xx time when you see those landmarks. IN a short race, having something BEFORE the mile mark to tell you if you're running like a knucklehead is helpful.<br><br>
Good job - excellent strong finish (downhill finishes are like porn to me - I love it!)
 

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Nice job. Anytime you have a hilly course it makes it hard to set a steady pace. Of course here in Florida where there are no hills, I can't keep a steady pace anyway.
 

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Wow <b>Korbel</b> - I did an unofficial 5K and I just about died after posting a first mile split like yours, while you held tough for the next three miles. Congrats on a really nice race
 

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Great race, <b>Dom</b>! It's great to see you let it fly a little and reap some of the secondary benefits of all that marathon training you've been doing. BTW, your pacing looks a lot like mine from my race today...one mile way too fast that probably took a lot out of us.
 

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Thanks for the kind words gang!<br><br><b>Pacer-</b>downhill finish is like porn I like the way you think....
 
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