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I got an e-mail from Run Big, a Clydesdale runner's club in Chicago, about a race that was happening today. They had just put in a Clydesdale division for this year's race and Run Big wanted to make sure some Clydes actually came out, so it wouldn't get pulled. I wanted to race this weekend; originally, I planned on doing the last race in the a local race circuit tomorrow, but I have that Clyde division on lock, so it didn't matter if I did it or not. I decided to help out especially since the Clydesdale head really wanted to make sure her name and 10K time of 1hr+ didn't wind up as women's Clyde record as it would be printed all over next year's brochure, plus with the local circuit race tomorrow most runners (Clydes included) would likely not come.<br><br>
So, my mission was to break 1 hour which I have never done and make sure we didn't look too bad. Another glitch was that I'm 135 which is the bottom weight for women and I was hoping I didn't wind up weighing in as like 134 or something and then my 1 hour 10 minute journey to the boonies would be in vain.<br><br>
It was around 33 degrees when I got to the race site for registration. I had on my <span style="color:#008000;"><b>Maria</b></span> shorts and a long-sleeved wicking shirt (which I had magically and fortunately found in the back seat of my car) over a short-sleeved one. I went to the registration table and the head of Run Big was there, but she doesn't really know me by sight, so she was telling a woman at the table about Clydesdale divisions and the other woman was remarking how she was 130 and couldn't imagine 135 being a larger runner weight. Heh.<br><br>
Then I go over to weigh-in and there are two scales. I get on the first scale and it says 131.5 and I'm like "That's not even possible, I just weighed myself the other day." So, she offers me the other scale which reads 135.0. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile"><br><br>
Then I waited shivering in my car and watched people with way more clothing on than me mill about or warm up. I had a conversation in my head about how I really had no idea how I was going to run a 9:39 for 6 miles. 9:39 pace would give me a 59:59. I was really nervous and hungry and just wanted to get this thing over with.<br><br>
Fast forward and it's time to line up. I am freezing, but the sun is starting to shine and it's helping a little bit. This was a gun time race and I feel like I've been racing long enough to not line up at the very back and I needed all the help I could get to break the hour mark, so I positioned myself kinda midway. I was still nervous because the people around me looked kinda sorta fast and I hoped I wouldn't annoy them too much if they did turn out to be really fast.<br><br>
We got a pre-race talk about watching for cars (not a closed course) and then, we were off.<br><br>
I'm passing people. People are passing me. After a while, I feel the amount of effort I'm putting in and I tell myself that I gotta slow down, this is not a 5K and right now, I'm running like it is, so I pull back a little.<br><br>
We start coming around to the 1 mile marker and I can hear the marshal up ahead saying x:53, x:54...I can't tell what the x part is and assume it's like 9 which is bad, real bad. I finally get nearly to him and he says 8:54! Holy schnickes! I can't believe I ran that fast after I made a conscious effort to slow down. I so rock! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/headbang.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="headbang"><br><br>
So, I'm feeling pretty good about myself, not worrying to much about the rest of the race. I figure even if I crash and burn, if I bank enough time in the early miles, I could still probably eek out something under an hour.<br><br>
Mile 2 - Around 9:0x pace. Slowed down a bit. Not too concerned.<br>
Mile 3 - Around 9:1x pace. Oh boy, the trend continues.<br>
Mile 4 - I feel not so good. Things are tightening up. My breathing is getting a little ragged. I was still doing a good enough pace though.<br>
Mile 5 - Urgh, keeping my speed up is getting to be real hard. I'm getting passed...a lot.<br>
Mile 5.2ish - I have 10 whole minutes to get to the finish and still break an hour. I'm feeling like crap, but I just keep putting one foot in front of the other.<br>
For the last 0.2, I kick it up a notch and almost sprint past a girl before being scolded about going single file into the chute, but the girl was practically jogging towards it. I was a little miffed.<br><br>
Final time - 57:33.1!!!!!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/icon_cheers.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="cheers"> A 9:17 pace!!!!!!!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/surprised.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Surprised"><br><br>
I had no idea I could do that. And to top it off, I came in first in the combined women's AB Clyde category and I was the second female Clyde overall. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile"> I think that's a good way to end my last year as a Clyde. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/biggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Very Happy"><br><br>
My trophy...<br><img alt="" src="http://lh3.google.com/nettiedgreat/RzY_nbdnpsI/AAAAAAAAA2E/f-KOMh7MX74/s400/DSC00362.JPG" style="border:0px solid;">
 

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very good Ms. Nettie! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/wave.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wave">
 

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Alrighty - your first sub-60 10K, a PR, and hardware to boot! You had a real nice day for yourself, <b>Nettie</b>; way to go!!
 

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Way to Go <b>Nettie</b>!! A real trophy?? Got a showcase for them? Sounds like you're gonna be getting more, speedy chica!
 

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1st OA got turkeys. It was two 15 yr olds! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/biggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Very Happy"><br><br>
If someone can devise a plan that takes me from a 57:33 min 10K to a 33 min 10K in one years time, I'm pretty sure I'll be able to take the actual turkey home next time!
 

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Yeah, I've got two now, I might want to get a trophy case now before it gets too crazy! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/biggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Very Happy">
 

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True grit, Nettie. Congrats on the hardware.<br><br>
(If you care to stop by the Masters thread sometime, we'll give you some tips on dealing with Jogging Girl: We kinda sorta knock 'em down and run over them. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/biggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Very Happy"> )
 

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Congrats from a fellow Clyde. I've never weighed in at a race or raced officially as a clydesdale but I meet the requirements. Nice work sticking to it when the going on tough. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile">
 

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Good job, even if you maybe started out too fast and then had to hang on. If the McMillan calculator is generally useful, your 57:33 is faster than your 5K time would have predicted, so it looks like you've made progress since the 5K.<br><br>
It also means I'm going to have to run like holy hell if I want to try to match you in 3 weeks time at a 10K I plan on doing.
 

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Way to go, <b>Nettie!</b> You really kept up through the race and what a great result!
 

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awesome <b>Nettie</b>!
 

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Way to go, Nettie. Kicking it up a notch, in the final mile, is da bomb!<br><br>
You're right, I think this is your last race as a Clydesdale. <wink>your sig line needs updating!</wink>
 

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<b>awesome!!!</b> I loved your report. Way to bring home the gold!<br><br>
seems like you won't get to be a "clyde" soon so live it up. Here the girl clydes are Athenas but they have to be 160 I think.
 

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You totally rocked it, girl!!! Look at that hardware!!!!<br>
I am a Clydes (or Athena, like Batmomm said) too, but never did it officially... maybe I should <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile">
 

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Way To GO!!!! Nice job. Just got back from my races this morning so my quads are yelling at me right now <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile"><br><br>
Conga-RATS! on the trophy! And if you find a plan to get you to 33 by next year , I'd love to hear about it. If I had done 39, they had a special award for people who can "beat their age". Missed that one by about 10 minutes (or years, depending on how you look at it <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile"> )
 
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