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<p>I wasn't going to do a separate race report, but the thought of starting a new thread that didn't have anything to do with the weather was sort of intriguing. So here goes...</p>
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<div>My race went pretty well today, considering. We meet at the finish area (Silver Gulch Brewery) then take old school buses up to the start. Oh boy do they chug along and creep up that big hill! The weather was good though, cloudy and cool, but patches of blue sky here and there. It was pretty cold at the summit though... BUT, on the bus ride up, I pull up my sleeve to check my Garmin... and there's nothing there. What?? Oh crap! How could I have forgotten my Garmin?? And at the last minute, I'd decided not to take my phone either (no reception up there or most of the course). So, I had absolutely no idea what time it was. I had time to think about this, and decided to just enjoy the day and run by feel, liberated from knowing what time it was, how I was doing (time-wise), my pace, my plan or any of that stuff. I was running nekkid, baby!</div>
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<div>We took off right at 9 a.m., I was up at the front but mainly because everyone was hanging back so much. My nemesis Jane was behind me till into mile 2 where she passed me easily up a hill. I didn't walk on this part, but kept running on the initial hilly dirt trails, dodging the gullies, washouts and puddles. On the main trail though, the washouts were pretty bad. Did a lot of hopping back and forth looking for good footing. The good news? It wasn't slick at all, and obviously not dusty. :)  But I'd worn my old Landreths, thinking whatever I wore would get a mudbath, and that means my "lucky" Speedstars, shoes of all my PR's this year to date and still sporting my Boston chip, were safely at home. Was the forgotten Garmin a harbinger of more bad luck to come??</div>
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<div>I kept Jane in sight, gaining on her a bit on the uphills and losing her a bit on the downhills (note, this is opposite of what usually happens with her), but I did start doing a little walking on the uphills, trying not to let her get too far ahead. Overall, I think I did walk less this year than any prior year, but there were some times I felt like my running was so slow and labored, like running in place. Lots of puddles with "detours" in the woods around them, and sometimes just mud to suck on your shoes and weigh them down. Met DH at the pre-arranged spot (mile 8.25, the half point, where the paved road meets the dirt track road) and he had my drink which was yummy (Luna Chix Grapefruit Electrolyte mix), then I continued on the paved hilly road to the big downhills.</div>
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<div>The downhills were sweet, passed a bunch of people, but later on I couldn't help but feel I was moving slower than I wanted. Nothing hurt, but my legs were tired and I was worried about the last two miles, which are mostly flat, and the longest two miles on earth. Miles 12-14 are just about solid steep downhill... weee! Met Peter at mile 14, he was on his bike! It was so nice to have him there, he talked a bit, and offered me more of my drink. At one point, the last mile, he was quiet. I said "Ok, if you're here, you've gotta talk to me! Tell me a story!" so he proceeded to just tell goofy stuff, and it did help pass the time and take my mind off my tired legs. I did have to walk at one point and drink more, the sun was out and I was all hot and salty! I tried to pick it up a bit the last 200 meters or so (Peter even commented with "nice kick, mom!"), and turned into the finish chute to see 2:12:59... Oh no!!! Could that walk break have cost me a PR? I kicked it so hard, but still felt like I was running in place. But... official time was 2:13:08.5 which was good enough for a 4 second (did you see that? a 4 SECOND) PR, 1st in AG, and 6th female overall. I still was second in the series AG placings to Jane, who finished in 2:09 something, but still... I'm happy with this run. Free beer and burgers afterward, too. I love races sponsored by breweries!! :)</div>
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<div>Oh yeah... here's the course profile:</div>
<div>(First 8.25 miles are trails, some pretty technical, the last half is roads with lots of hills, and some very steep downhill)</div>
<div><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.kickrunners.com/content/type/61/id/41796/width/1000/height/800/flags/" target="_blank"><img alt="Gold Discovery Run Profile" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="12732" data-type="61" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/content/type/61/id/12732/width/494/height/184" style="; width: 494px; height: 184px"></a></div>
 

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<p>Yet another PR, nekkid evanf?   <img alt="" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/icon_cheers.gif" title=""></p>
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<p>Tough course, tough girl.  You rocked it!  Great family support too.</p>
 

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<p>Great race and report Erika.  Sounds like a tough course!!</p>
 

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<p>Great race Erika, and nice goin' on the new PR!  What <em>is</em> it with you that you forget simple things like watches and timing chips before races...<img alt="" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/rolleyes.gif" style="width:16px;height:16px;" title=""></p>
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<p>That course sounds like a complete nightmare to me with the washouts and two miles straight downhill.  My knee would lose about a year of its usefulness after running it.  But you just take it all in stride like it's no big deal.  You so rock! <img alt="" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/notworthy.gif" style="width:29px;height:15px;" title=""></p>
 

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<p>Congrats on the Hardware and PR, Erika.</p>
<p>Running nekkid is so liberating sometimes. <img alt="" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/headbang.gif" title=""></p>
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<p>Looks like a quad-broiling profile.</p>
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<p>I wonder if Erika regrets telling us about her nekkie houseworking habits?</p>
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<p>Congrats Erika! You don't need no stinkin' garmin!!</p>
 

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<p>Congratulations and well done Erika!! Naked housework and naked racing----why not? It works! You are running so well and strong and it's great fun to read about each new PR.</p>
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<p>Jane is running scared---in fact...I found a passage from her runing log: <em>"Just got back from the Gold Discovery Run and I am &&^%$#@@! pissed....thought it would be an easy trot and I could grab my trophy after a relaxed paced effort. Doesn't that spoiler running goddess Erika show up. I could feel that target on my back and while I never told her...I was TOAST! She is getting too close..."</em></p>
 
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