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<b><span style="font-size:medium;"><span style="font-family:'Times New Roman';">Greatest 5K Ever…</span></span></b><br><span style="font-size:medium;"><span style="font-family:'Times New Roman';">So first off this is not my first rodeo. I have run several 5Ks over the last few years, but this is the first one that I made a goal for and strived to actually achieve it. I wanted to PR. Period. I did not have a particular time, but lower than my previous best. Major complicating factor – 80 degree heat and brutal humidity. <i>This is October?!?!?</i></span></span><br><br><span style="font-family:'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-size:medium;">The race was in a local park and laid out as a double loop. The first mile was fast for me. I don’t normally run <i>anywhere</i> near a 10:30 min/mile. I was feeling pretty good and even started composing this race report in my mind. That stopped pretty quickly.</span></span><br><br><span style="font-family:'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-size:medium;">The second mile included the loop to begin the path back towards the start/finish line. I have never had a racing experience that included actually passing the finish in reverse. Strange feeling. I saw DH (<b>KP</b>) crossing and getting his own PR! Only 1 more mile to go…</span></span><br><br><span style="font-family:'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-size:medium;">The third mile was all about the mental challenge. “I will NOT F*%#ing stop!” The helpful man at the second turn around made it easier by telling me that I had only ½ mile left. “I can keep pace for a stinking ½ mile!” And I basically did. It wasn’t pretty, but I did it.</span></span><br><br><span style="font-size:medium;"><span style="font-family:'Times New Roman';">Chip time 34:00. PR by ~30seconds.</span></span>
 
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