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The short of it - I planned on taking it to the old lady Saturday - Showing no mercy. Although I won the war - Grandma showed little mercy herself.<br><br>
I felt I was in 2:47 shape on an ideal day - At least 2:50 shape. I ran a 2:50:00 which I was happy with considering the weather.<br><br>
Got to town @ 1:00pm Friday - Kindof dinked around the whole day. I saw Hal Higdon spew strings of somewhat unrelated and marginally interesting stuff for 25 minutes. Listened to Doug Curtis and Jenny Spangler - THey were decent - and I was about to leave when Tuffonfeet (CR) gave me a call out and we chatted about 10 minutes. Then I went to Pirates of the Carribean. Next ... to the old mattress in the back of the Truck (Explorer) in the DECCA parking garage.<br><br>
Sleep was not good - but that is normal. 4:30 up - eat 3 packs of oatmeal. I turned on the truck and the temp gage read 72F - Dang its gonna be a warm one! - changed into the racing flats and running clothes - I caught the 1st group of buses @ 5:30.<br><br>
At the start I ran into mike55760 (CR) a couple of times - I have MTP on the back of my race shirt - help people recognize "Mikey The Pig"<br>
I got into the chute @ 20 mintes before the start and chatted briefly with Obsessor (CR) - he was loose and confident (Ran a 2:30) I did not see PacerChris this year. I warmed up on course - peed one last time and got to my spot - I was @ 2:30 sign - althought there were 300+ people ahead of me and I was really shooting for a 2:47-2:50.<br><br>
I planned on relaxed pace 1st 5 miles and then see how I felt - With the heat and me being a heavy sweater it was not the best of conditions - Maybe the little breeze there was would switch from the southwest and go east off the lake. Never happened.<br>
The gun goes off and I am always amazed at how many people are lined up in front of me (2:30 sign) that are running @ 8:00 pace?? But it settles out in the 1st 1/2 mile. I see a pack of young women with nice legs and butts <img alt="" src="http://www.coolrunning.com/forums/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;"> for for their run at a 2:46:59 (OTQ) - I settle in behind them<br><br>
for the 1st 10K - 39:29 - 6:22 pace<br>
1st 10 - 1:03:30 - 6:21 pace<br><br><br>
Although I tried to focus on good line to run, I was very unfocused the 1st 10 miles - I looked around alot - I noticed most of the spectators - talked to a few runners.<br><br>
At mile 10 I realized that I was already leaving sweat footprints and I was over heating - Also Grandmas does not have any nasty hills, but rolls a lot and the uphill rollers didn't feel as easy as they should. Here I decided that I needed to back off slightly and not look at my watch anymore - just go with the pace that felt as fast as I could run and still finish.<br><br>
The next 5K to the 1/2 marathon point was 20.4 or 6:34 pace. Total 1/2 time 1:23:53<br><br>
As I approach Mile 16 - I remember last year when I drove myself into the ground in the heat the 1st 10 miles and decided to quit instead of shuffling in. Here I throw my MTP race shirt away and keep running the fastest pace I feel I comfortably can.<br><br>
Mile 17 they give out gels - I grabbed an apple and put it in the pocket and grabbed a second - not sure what and ate it. Uuuuuuuugghhhhh - It was coffee - I hate coffee - I only got 1 cup of water to try and rinse that icky taste out. It would stick with me until next water stop #19. The good thing - I started to lazer focus on breathing / running form / running good lines and ignore the icky taste and anything else in the world.<br><br>
Mile 20 - I have not payed any attention to time since 1/2 way mark - I hit it in 2:09:29 (6:28.5 pace) I have run the last 6.9 mile in @ 6:36 pace. Hey wait a minute if I run a 40:30 - I will be sub 2:50 thats uhhh ... uhhhh .... lets see 6:27 is 40:00 ... uhhhh ... uhhhh I don't know - It must be 6:30 or 6:31 pace. Lets pick it up a little.<br><br>
Here on out I am definately "Faking it" - Meaning I am running tall - focussed on form and trying to look really strong for the spectators and the other runners. Hey - it works for me.<br><br>
I am amazed a how many runners I pass in the last 6.2. I finally hit mile 25 - I have not run myself into the ground, but run respectibly hard. It reads @ 2:42:30 ish and I think ... If I only run .... Uhhh .... uhhhh ... lets see 6 pace would be 7:20 - ohhh - what ever - I still have a chance at least with chip timing to break 2:50 - I pick it up a little - again Its not worth destroying myself - just give it a good effort.<br><br>
I focuss on passing runners - about 10 in the next mile. I hit mile 26 and it reads 2:48:52 - No way I am going to kill myself for this 2:49:59 - but wait I have 8 seconds between gun / chip - maybe??<br><br>
There are a lot of corners in the last .2 and I for some reason have a hard time on 2 of then figuring out which way I should turn and take them kindof wide. Now I hit home stretch and I can see the clock - I pick it up to as fast as I have without straining or tensing and - Dang - Did I get a chip of 2:49:58-9, 2:50:00 or :01 -<br><br>
They hand me a bag of ice - I eat as much food as I can stand - drink as much as I can stand and keep the bag of ice on my head. 45 minutes after finishing I am on the road back to Neenah WI - Saturday is family fun night.<br><br>
I show up for my Sunday morning group run and my friend Norb congrats me - 2:50 on the head - Now I know a 40:31 last 10K a hare over 6:31 pace. We go on to have a good easy 10 miler.<br><br>
I would guess this may be my last Grandmas - There are too many good marathons closer to home.<br><br>
So maybe the old lady won the war and I just won the battle of the day.<br>
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Great job Flounder!!! Nice writing as well. I didn't realize you were MTP until this report.<br><br>
PacerChris ran 3:09<img alt="mad.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/mad.gif">x and mentioned in the 30's thread over the weekend that he shepherded in a bunch of folks to their BQ times.
 

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good job!! <img alt="wav.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/wav.gif">
 

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Great job in the un-Minnesota-like heat. You rocked. Way to stick it to G'ma!!
 

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Thanks - Last year it was PR of bust - THis year maybe I have matured enough to learn some days are not PR days and to run for the joy of it.
 

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flounder- what can I say? <img alt="notworthy.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/notworthy.gif"> Awesome.<br><br>
are you going to take it easy for a few weeks????????????<br><br><br>
I dunno, I'm thinking a little speed this summer and your fall marathon will be simply out of this world.
 

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I love the idea of "faking it." Great job.
 

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Fox Runr - Thanks for the fall comment - We will see - If you were thinking of LFM - it will likely fill today - Friday at the latest.<br><br>
I will take it wasy until tomorrow - I am itching to do speed - I have run really slow this week so far, but I feel pretty good. Usually on a scale of 1-10 I am a 9 in soreness after a marathon - I was a 2-3 earlier and now a 0.
 

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I think I'll send in an app as a back-up plan. Two years ago I had a calf strain before FCM and pulled out and couldn't get into anything else. TC is pretty good about letting in late people with qualify times, the rest aren't. With weeks off, I have no idea how long it'll take me to get up to par, so I need alot of options. Maybe an easy FC and then something in Dec. I think the backwards FC course will be fast.
 

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I am thinking of doing Houston January 13th. But I agree that FC backwards will be faster - last 8 miles could be smok'n.
 

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Great report. I want to race like you have.<br><br>
Wish you were here logging miles with us. Hope you're well Mikey.
 
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