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I had not planned on writing up a RR for my 8 K at Philly this weekend, but work is slow, and I see everyone else's reports, so what the heck. And since it was only an 8 K, I will fill it up with some fluff to make it longer.<br><br>
The Saturday dinner was tons of fun (and tons of food!!) and meeting so many people from the boards was great. (Super job by <b>Theia</b> for setting the whole thing up.) Everyone was fairly well behaved as many had races in the AM. Some were also getting a little worried about the forecast, which was getting worse and worse. By the time I rolled into bed, the forecast was calling for rain – not showers or intermittent rain, but steady rain, and temps in the upper 30's to start.<br><br>
Waking up at 4:30 AM, the weather wasn't too bad – no rain yet, and not too cold. I got dressed, packed, and hopped into the car with CoachT for the trip into the city.<br><br>
We parked about 0.5 mile from the start\finish area, and hoofed it on over. <b>CoachT</b> went to find <b>Solar</b> so they could get ready for some final pacing duties, and I met some of the other 30's as they prepped for their respective races. I checked my bag, and headed on over to the start area.<br><br>
There were 6 of us from the 30's in the 8 K – <b>me, runninginNYC, Jill, preacupia, sauconRunner,</b> and <b>Noni</b>. <b>Beeker's</b> friend Jen also joined us. Yes I am a lucky man – me and six lovely ladies! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/biggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Very Happy"> If you see the Philly Photo thread, notice the dufus grin I have going on.<br><br>
We all discussed what our plans\goals were for the race. One thing I was a little panicked about was that many of us had posted predicted times for the Philly Phantasy pool created by <b>GatorBob</b>. My predicted time was 43:00, and several people had picked me in their pool. As a point of reference, using a 5 K time from Oct 28th, McMillan predicts a 44:30 for me.<br><br>
When they announced one minute to the start, <b>runningINnyc</b> moved up in the crowd. I stayed with the rest of the crew. As the race started, I started dodging into openings to get through the crowd, and started pulling away from the others. In my head it was a real catch 22 – I wanted to run with the others, but I knew that if I wanted to hit my predicted time, I needed to hustle. As I was dodging in and out, I heard some of them cheering me on, which was a great feeling.<br><br>
The first mile was tough, because of the volume of people there – this was by far the largest event I have participated in in years. I hit the 1 M mark at 8:37 – dead on pace, and feeling pretty good. As I kept on moving, I passed up the water stop, and my 2 M split was 8:07. That is fast for me, but it was nice to know I was ahead of pace. I probably ran this mile too fast, and I would be feeling that later on.<br><br>
The course is an out-and-back layout, so I was looking for <b>runningINnyc</b>, but never did see her. (After the event, she said she was looking for me, and missed me too.) I hit the mile three marker at 8:49, and was feeling the 'fast' mile 2. At this point, I was starting to see some of the lovely ladies on the course again. A pleasant distraction indeed. (Side note – <b>praecupia</b> is a newbie runner – this was her first race. She was very nervous going in, as far as I could tell. When I passed her, she had the BIGGEST FREAKIN SMILE on her face – smiles from friends do make a race easier).<br><br>
If you know the course, it is a blind finish – you do not see it until you are on top of it. As I approached it, I heard the tailgating crew and finished as strong as I could. As I crossed the timing mat, the time on my watch was 42:57. The chip\toe tag time would match my watch exactly. I was 3 seconds off of my goal time. I also ran the last three miles at the same exact pace (8:49, 8:50, 8:35 (which is an 8:50 pace)), something I have never done. All in all, I am happy with the results.<br><br>
Of course, my day was just beginning. I grabbed something to eat and drink, and heaed to the grandstand to cheer in the rest of the 8 K'ers. Once the rest of that crew was sone, I was cold, so I stretched out and then changed into dry clothes, and re-joined in with the cheering section. Spending the next several hours cheering in our crew in their various events was a blast. I was fantastic to watch everyone else finish. <b>Keriksen</b> and <b>Theia</b> looked incredibly strong and athletic finishing, <b>BigGahoona</b> and runningINnyc's sister had the super arm pump going as they finished, and all the others were so much fun to experience.<br><br>
A wonderful day to remember. Thanks for the good times, friends.
 

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Like I said, I gave you some extra cowbell cause you were running so dang strong at the finish! Knowing your back issues as of late, it was fantastic to see you run such a great race! And thanks for the points for my Phantasy team! It was great seeing you again, and looking forward to following your progression as you ramp up into your next training plan!
 

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Okay.. so I'm reading about your great race, and not seeing it, but you get the idea!<br><br>
/inserts a virtual cowbell here.<br><br>
Way to go!
 

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Yea Tim!! I know, I was wondering where the heck the finish line was, too. I never even saw our cheerleaders in the stands<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Sad"> That was a fun course. Congrats again on your finish.
 

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Great job - glad to hear you ran strong, but I gots to say I'm a little jealous of your prowess with the ladies!! I'd have a similar dufus grin on as well! Good to meet you - I wish I'd been able to spend more time with you guys, but I have a sneaky suspicion we'll all be in Philly again next year!
 

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It sounds like you've been doing well since coming back from being sidelined. Try to stay healthy, if you stay healthy, you can probably have a great year ahead of you.
 

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I did not see them, but I sure as heck heard them (which I did not in NJ because I was in a fog).<br><br>
Just trying to be patient (something you know a little about). I would have loved to run the HM yesterday, but I do not have any aerobic ebase at this point, so the only way I might have been ready would have been to rush it. Not worth the risk. I am base building slowly for Spring now.
 

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Base Building is THE way to go, amigo. Believe me - all the interval training, speedwork and long runs and all that crap are no match for consistent training and steady miles. You'll continue to improve just by continuing to run - eventually you will plateau and need to make a change to spark it up a bit, but if you can be consistent and add to your training gradually over time, the benefits will keep on coming.
 

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I'm so glad you had a great race, Tim! And you pulled out exactly what you need to meet and exceed your goal. Way to go!<br><br>
P.S. I also 1. did not see the finish until it was right in front of me and 2. heard our cheering section (although I was pushing my hardest at that moment and so pissed off with my run I couldn't will myself to look anywhere but straight ahead at the mat).
 

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See, I knew there was a reason I picked you for the Phantasy team! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/wink.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"><br><br>
Great meeting you this weekend! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile">
 
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