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<span style="font-family:'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-size:medium;">Today was a great day. All around. Being surrounded by friends and <b>Tonya</b> only made it better.</span></span><br><br><span style="font-family:'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-size:medium;">Last year I ran this race as my first ever HM and did ok all things considered. In May I ran the HM at the Flying Pig and did pretty decent considering the course, etc. After the Pig I realized that if I was going to do any better I would have to really dedicate myself and put in the miles/work necessary.</span></span><br><br><span style="font-family:'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-size:medium;">So I did. After the race in Cincy I increased the amount of miles I was running – I’ve been over 100 miles each month since May – and I made the effort to be consistent with doing the quality speed work that the training plan called for. This was my goal race all summer. Today it all paid off.</span></span><br><br><span style="font-family:'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-size:medium;">The weather couldn’t have been better – very cool at the start (34F) with little to no wind to speak of and after sunrise there wasn’t a cloud to be seen for most of the race. I was fortunate to have friendly faces around me at the start to ease the nervousness – one of Tonya’s colleagues and one of the 30s from Kickrunner.com who traveled from out of state to run the race. I had kept my goal for today pretty close – I’d talked about it with 3 or 4 people – because I didn’t want to put it out there and be disappointed if it didn’t happen. My goal was to break 2 hours, my PR being 2:14:52 in Cincy.</span></span><br><br><span style="font-family:'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-size:medium;">We started off pretty easy – first race ever that I didn’t pass someone walking the race in the first 2 miles, which was very nice – and the pace felt good. It was still dark enough that I was having trouble reading my garmin with my sunglasses on. First mile: <i>9:01</i></span></span><br><br><span style="font-family:'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-size:medium;">Just past the first mile marker we were merged on to the bike path – pretty crowded and I almost made the jump back into the street just because I felt really boxed in and could feel myself slowing down, but we made a turn, past a water station and things thinned out nicely. Mile 2: <i>9:09</i></span></span><br><br><span style="font-family:'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-size:medium;">Fell into a pretty easy pace – having a friend alongside made a HUGE difference. It’s one thing to have snippets of conversations with other runners, but to actually carry on a conversation with a friend – priceless. The miles started clicking by fast enough that I actually looked over and said “these miles are going by pretty quick!” Mile 3: <i>9:02</i>, Mile 4: <i>8:54</i>, Mile 5: <i>8:52</i></span></span><br><br><span style="font-family:'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-size:medium;">We entered Millennium Park and I felt pretty good. Saw two people I knew – T’s colleague who was running the relay with her, and one of the physician’s covering the event that I work with. Nice to hear my name from familiar voices at this point. Mile 6: <i>8:45</i></span></span><br><br><span style="font-family:'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-size:medium;">Out of the park and downhill back to the bike trail. Looked at my friend and said “we might see T, so keep an eye out for her” – sure enough just before mile 8 we saw her! She was looking great. Mile 7: <i>8:53</i>, Mile 8: <i>8:48</i>, Mile 9: <i>9:02</i></span></span><br><br><span style="font-family:'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-size:medium;">Started to feel the effort in my legs a bit at this point…started thinking about other people I’ve interacted with on the Kickrunner and some of the experiences they’ve had here lately. Some of their words/mantras started bouncing around my head as I passed mile 10 right at <i>1:29<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/mad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Mad">x</i> – so I knew that unless something really bad happened I would be able to make my goal. Mile 10: <i>9:04</i></span></span><br><br><span style="font-family:'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-size:medium;">Turned a corner, passed a water station and got separated from my friend (after she crossed the finish line I found her and she said she walked that water stop) and kept going. 3.1 miles to go. I tried to keep up with the people in front of me, letting them pull me along for a bit. Mile 11: <i>8:57</i></span></span><br><br><span style="font-family:'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-size:medium;">Back towards town. Keep my feet moving. Don’t lose sight of the people in front of me. Mile 12: <i>8:45</i></span></span><br><br><span style="font-family:'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-size:medium;">One mile and change to go. Don’t stop now. Gave it everything I have. Passed the Mile 13 marker, <i>8:25</i>, and powered on to the finish line.</span></span><br><br><span style="font-family:'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-size:medium;">The most beautiful sight was the clock at the finish – it read 1:59:30 – so I new no matter what I’d exceeded my goal of finishing in 2 hours because it took me at least 2 minutes, or so, to cross the finish line.</span></span><br><br><span style="font-family:'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-size:medium;">Total time: <i>1:57:08</i>. I took <b>17:49</b> off of my previous PR.</span></span><br><br><span style="font-family:'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-size:medium;">So:</span></span><br><span style="font-family:'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-size:medium;">Thank you <b>Maria</b> – I got comfortable being uncomfortable.</span></span><br><span style="font-family:'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-size:medium;">Thank you <b>Dom</b> – TCM didn’t provide it for you, so share in my PR today.</span></span><br><span style="font-family:'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-size:medium;">Thank you <b>Maureen, Lori</b>, and a few others – for keeping my goal a secret.</span></span><br><br><span style="font-family:'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-size:medium;">Today was a great day.</span></span>
 

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Thanks for the report and more importantly <b>congrates on the new PR</b><b>!!!!</b> Your dedication paid off <b><span style="text-decoration:underline;">HUGE!!</span></b>
 

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<b>WOOOHOOOOO!!!!</b><br><br>
Kevin - you earned this one. Totally earned it!! Way to go, my friend! I am so flippin' proud of you!!!
 

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Nice, <b>KP</b>! The Daniels plan is great, but only if you put in the hard work and miles, and you did, big time. Congratulations on all the hard work, and getting the result you wanted. You earned this huge PR. Great job!
 

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all I can say is nothing really: <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/notworthy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="notworthy">
 

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I remember seeing your recent 5K report and all the miles you've been putting in are paying off now. I'll keep that in mind when I make the effort next year to get the half-marathon in under 2 hours.<br><br>
Good work.
 

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Kev! I said this to you already, but I am so proud of you!!! What a great showing!
 

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<b>Kevin,</b> congrats man! I am proud, happy and even a bit envious. You definatley put in the hard work since the Pig and it showed big time on the clock today. Great report and a great race! Only thing better wouldve been to be there to have a beer with you after the race.
 

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I knew you could do this - you put the time and work in and it paid off! Congratulations on a friggin' monster PR and a sweet race!
 

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Wow, <b>Kp</b>, Nice RR!! You smoked that PR! What a great report. Thanks for sharing with us. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile">
 

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Congratulations!! Awesome PR--you must be flying high! Great day for running in GR! Hope you all had a blast at dinner last night--I wish I could have made it out to meet some fellow kickrunners. I'll have to catch you at the next race!
 

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Wow <b>Kevin</b>. I did not know what a significant breakthough today was.<br><br>
Dinner last night was a treat to meet you all. I concur, the weather today could not have been better. The only thing missing from my weekend was hoisting a victory pint in your honor.<br><br>
Congrats! Enjoy the triumph -- you deserve it!
 

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Impressive - are you sure you didn't run this on a treadmill? Those are some seriously consistent miles, cranking it up ever so slightly and then releasing the hounds on the last mile. Congrats on your huge PR!
 

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<b>Kevin</b> way to go man!!!! Awesome run! It's really impressive to take almost 18 minutes off of a 1/2 marathon! That's amazing.<br><br>
Great race report!
 

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Way to go, <b>Kevin</b>! Awesome job! What a PR!!!
 

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Forgot to mention the following:<br><br>
it was great to meet the following KRs - <b>Moment's Notice</b> (and his BIL - by the way did he make his time?), <b>roots</b> - excellent job today yourself, well done, <b>Dylan McKay</b> - nice to see you at dinner and on the course today, <b>Amichel</b> - relay team organizer extriodinare, <b>Katholeenie</b> - always a pleasure, and last but not least <b>Nettie</b>.<br><br>
Had a wonderful time at dinner on Saturday - I'd run a race with any of you.
 
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