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Well, <b>KP</b> already posted his experiences, but I ran the race too, and these are mine...<br><br>
I haven't been running all that long. I <i>tried</i> running for a couple of years before I really started running. I have been consistant in my training only for the last year to year and a half. Finally taking it seriously has made a big difference in my times over the last year and this race was no different.<br><br>
I had a sort-of secret goal, beat my last 5K race time of 34:00. (Yup, I'm slow). Mostly I wanted to feel good with this race, enjoy it, and come away happy. Well I got <b>both goals</b> - and a new <b>PR - 32:11!!!</b><br><br>
The start was slightly delayed and I started to get a bit cold. 32 degrees at the start. I wasn't feeling particularly happy and optimistic about my time goal because I accidently left my forerunner at home. I have never paced myself without some sort of timing device... I didn't even have my watch on!<br><br>
The air horn sounded and we were off. The first mile felt pretty good, pushing hard, but the asthma is under control, and I can do this pace.<br><br>
The second I started looking around for a distraction from myself... ok, time to start reeling in other women. Perky girl... You Are Mine (and on a up hill too!) Foot Slap woman... I am getting away from you.<br><br>
The third mile was slightly down hill for some of it and my goal became to stay with a woman who had been consistantly ahead of my for the last mile or so... I'll call her Streaky (white streak in dark hair). Streaky was steady until the last .25 mile. Then she faded. I was really excited to feel that I wasn't fading. Good, I have some for a kick at the end! When I kicked I saw the clock... 32:something!!! No Way!<br><br>
So no puking, and new PR. Sounds like a great race to me. <img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif">
 

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Woot! Congrats on the PR! Picking people off is a great motivator and distraction all in one. <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif">
 

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Kick ass, <b>Tonya!</b> Great job...plus you enjoyed it! Congratulations!
 

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Very nicely done!!!!!! I'm so impressed with you!!!!
 

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Excellent job Tonya!! Congratulations on your new PR. I had to laugh at the foot slapping woman. I had the same experience in a race in February where this guy was slapping his foot and sort of dragging his leg and it was so extremely distracting.
 

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Congrats on the PR Tonya! I love that you ran down Perky Girl -- no one has a right to be perky in a 5K. <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif"><br><br>
Great job!
 

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Way to go! Nice job on the watch-free race! Not sure I could do that. My GPS wonked out on me for the first mile or so of a 5k I did and it really threw me for a loop.
 

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That's a heckuva PR. Great job.
 

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Just because she wouldn't dream of posting something like this:<br><br>
I looked at Tonya's times in the last four 5ks that she has run starting in May of 2007, so roughly a year.<br><br>
In that time she's lopped 5:01 off her time. From 37:12 in 5/2007 to 32:11 this past Saturday. <img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif">
 

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Tonya!!! That. is. AWESOME!!!!!
 

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That is freaking <i>awesome!!!</i> 5 min is a lot of time to knock off that distance!<br><br>
This IS a great report. And your names are hilarious. I can totally picture what's happening.<br><br>
WOOHOO!!! for you! <img alt="banana.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/banana.gif">
 

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<b>Tonya</b> Congrats to you on your PR!!! Sounds like you had a lot of fun and I can feel your excitement from your words, very neat!! <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif">
 

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That's the spirit <b>Phdatc</b>,<br>
Get that racing blood flowing and there's no telling where those feet will take you.<br>
Thaks for the report.<br>
Keep up the good work.<br>
jjj
 
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