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Short: 1:48:24 (8:16)<br>
195/551 Overall<br>
9/26 M55-59 AG<br>
13 minute PR !!<br><br>
The Humboldt Redwoods 1/2 marathon is an out and back along the Avenue of the Giants near the small town of Weott, CA, about 40 miles south of Eureka. I try to run this race in the fall or The Avenue of the Giants in the spring or sometimes both every year.<br><br>
There had been a lot of rain in the area the week or so prior to the race, but Sunday dawned clear and cool, IRC, around 45° at race time (9AM local) and no wind. Not that you'd feel it on the floor of a Redwood forest.<br><br>
I met up with Tammy and her family a little before the race, and then left to do a 2 mile fast walk, slow jog warm up. My goal for the race was to finally go under 2 hours, having missed it by a minute at my last half earlier this year, and also to help Tammy go under 2 hours as well. I thought maybe 1:56 may be doable if everything went right.<br><br>
The race isn't chip timed, so Tammy and I lined up near the front. I expected it to take a while to get around some of the slower runners, but there wasn't much congestion at the start. I'm not much good at pacing and I though I was going a little faster than I wanted to during the first mile maybe around 9:20 or so, but was really shocked when we hit the first mile split at 8:43. I tried to slow down a little, but hit the next mile in 8:07. This was a little faster than Tammy and I had talked about, so I hoped she wasn't going too fast trying to keep up. I'd turn around and run backwards every so often, looking for her and hoping she wasn't too far back. At the turnaround I was relieved to see Tammy looking strong and only 2 minutes behind, and since I was several minutes ahead of our predicted pace, I just decided to go for it. The last 6 miles were at 7:55 to 8:16 pace.<br><br>
This was one of those races where it seemed I was running downhill both directions. I passed several people in the last few miles, some walking after having gone out too fast (been there, done that) and found a young 20 something lady running her first half marathon to........er, pace me <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/biggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Very Happy"> the last 3 or 4 miles. (Thanks, Moira.... and I hope I didn't come across as too skeevy with that impromptu sweaty finish line hug, but hey, I'm old, I can get away with it.)<br><br>
One thing I noticed about running with this 8:15 mm group, it's a lot more serious than when you're running with the 10mm group. Minimum chitchat between runners as opposed to the non stop talking you hear farther back in the pack. I definately like that.<br><br>
FR: Lime green singlet, grey shorts, Brooks Adreneline GT7S, white "Rogue Valley Runners" cap.<br><br>
No camera, no pix<br><br>
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Johnny, wow, you went under two hours in a big way! Very impressive. Few things are better than a race where everything clicks and you surprise yourself. Way to go.<br><br>
Extrapolating from the paucity of data <i>(I <b>like</b> to see all the mile splits! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/biggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Very Happy">)</i>, it looks like you ran negative splits? At the very least your pacing was quite consistent. With that, plus the magnitude of your PR, you have to wonder what you are really capable of. I think you have not approached your limits yet.<br><br>
BTW, this time predicts a 3:4x marathon, just like your 5K last month. Just sayin'. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile">
 

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Eureka!!!! This seems to be <i>the</i> race to blitz a new PR. 17 minutes for Tamrocket and now 13 for you, John! Yippie!!! (Or maybe it's your sneaky new training plan?)<br><br>
You dawg you. 20-something? C'mon, it's COWs (Cranky Old Women) like me looking for those sweaty hugs!!!!
 

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Johnny rulz!!! You did so well John - so so well. You apologized when we passed each other near the turn-around and I couldn't blurt out fast enough "no need to apologize! go for it!" but you did it anyway - you went for it and exceeded your goals as well.<br><br>
I think the spring of 2009 will be a golden race for you . . . <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/headbang.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="headbang">
 

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Whoa, that's amazing! You must feel absolutely triumphant! Way to go.<br>
Er, not to appear stupid, but what's a negative split? Thanks...<br><br>
Susan
 

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Susan, to run "negative splits" is to cover the second half of the race faster than the first half. It's usually a sign that you are pacing yourself well. Going too hard early in the race is one cause of fading in the second half and therefore running "positive splits".
 

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I'm so jealous of Tammy getting to have John as a running friend. Congrats on a great race and a super PR! Your improvement as been most impressive and I look forward to your next adventure.<br><br>
I do have one question. So you prefer the more serious and silent 8 mpm people than the chit chatters in the 10 mpm group? If so, tsk tsk!!
 

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I'm just glad that when Johnny and I do our training runs together, we get to talk. Come race day, Johnny gets in his zone and becomes more serious. He was definitely a man on a mission on Sunday!<br><br>
Mission Accomplished!
 

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WTG John! You're starting to get faster and faster. Awesome run!<br><br>
In the HM's I've ran, there wasn't usually much talking going on, but there was a lot of humorous one-liners being thrown out. That I liked! And like you, I find the best looking women runner I can find and follow her! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/wink.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"><br><br>
The October HM is so much faster than the May one. On average, the top 25 places are 10 minutes faster for this race when compared to the other. I think I need to run this one next time! Better asphalt...
 

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but - but - but . . . he did find the best looking woman runner . . . . and he left her in the dust . . . <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/sad2.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="sad2">
 

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Uh, Tamster, perchance did he leave you about the time that first photo was taken? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/biggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Very Happy"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/biggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Very Happy"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/biggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Very Happy">
 

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LOL! actually THAT photo was taken right after he found me and joined me during the last 1/4 mile of the race. Maybe that's a look of "who is skeevy stalker dude and why is he yelling at me???!!"
 

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Hey you guys aren't trying to pad my # of replies are ya?? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/biggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Very Happy"><br>
Thanks for all the positive comments.<br><br>
Millbot- yes negative splits by a little under a minute 54:34 vs 53:50. I plugged that time into a calculator also and came up with the same 3:47 something marathon projection. Something to shoot for.<br><br>
Tamster- you are the hottest, but at that stage of the race the pickins was slim <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/biggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Very Happy"> , especially for someone going the same speed I was.<br><br>
I learned a lot about focusing on the now during a race rather than letting the brain float around, after riding around in a van with the likes of Sans Souci, mcsolar, soundie, & others during H2C a couple of months back, and observing how the good runners prepare to run.
 

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Johnny, you and Tammy rocked that race! Congratulations on a huge PR. I think Millbot is right...you're gonna keep getting better.
 

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Congratulations Johnny!! 13 minute PR - wowsa.. I think there must be something in the water over there in GP <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/wink.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"> or some awesome training plan. You must be flying high!
 

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Man, you keep on rolling those PRs out like cookie dough.<br>
Way to rawck!<br><br>
That's a clever ploy, <i>-collapse into the arms of a select 20something F at finishline.</i><br>
You're so wise. Do you have a book of those?<br><br>
But the secret is out!<br>
Hang with the high preists and preistesses of running.<br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/icon_salut.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="salute"><br>
Keep on truckin,<br>
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13 minute PR? You rock! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile"><br><br>
Congrats!
 

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Big time performance, John!! What a fantastic run.<br>
Might you have gone a click faster if you'd worn the hippie hat? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/wink.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"><br><br>
Congrats!<br>
hup<br><br>
did you cool off post race in the river?
 

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Wow Johnny - huge PR. I'd like to find a race downhill both directions! 13 minutes is a lot to take of your time. You did awesome with a nice strong finish!
 
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