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I don't usually post a new thread for a race report, but what the heck.<br><br>
I wasn't sure what my performance would be like for this one. It's my first race of the year, and I was just coming off my first 80+ mile week ever, so I thought that might affect me a little bit.<br><br>
Got out there for the race, and did a mile warmup which probably wasn't enough. That really turned out to be too short, since the race started 15 minutes late so my pidly warm-up didn't really do anything for me.<br><br>
The conditions were the best I can remember for this race- about 40 and only kind of windy (and wind is a huge problem in this race because it's completely out in the country, and it's a small race so there's nothing/no one to block the wind for you.)<br><br>
The gun went off, and right away I could tell how the race was going to go. The only people who were in front of me was a group of young kids going a lot faster than they could handle. I held my intended 6 mpm pace until I picked them off. I knew the best kid in that group, and that he's pretty good for his age, but that he wasn't going to keep that pace, and I passed him a little before .4 miles into the race told him good job, and moved on.<br>
I had mixed feelings at this point- I knew that barring something stupid, I was going to easily get my first ever victory in a road race, but it felt almost cheap and anticlimactic that it wouldn't require a big effort.<br>
On the other hand, it did feel pretty cool being that far in front of everyone.<br>
First mile went through in 6:03. I knew that the second mile was by far the hardest, with a few big hills to climb. Couple that with the fact that I had nothing to push me really, and that mile went through in 6:27. I was pretty pissed, but like I said, it was like I was running a solo time trial, so it was tough to get motivated. I grabbed a quick peak during the final turn (about 1 mile to go) and I couldn't even see the next runner.<br>
I broke the toilet paper finish line in 18:49, so I picked it back ip a bit the last mile, but not nearly as much as I should have. The second place runner came in 2 minutes later, followed closely by my dad (4 minutes faster than he ran here last year). My little brother came in 6th (a whopping 8 minutes faster than last year).<br><br>
All in all, I was dissapointed with my time, but I guess I can't complain about getting my first win. I was 3 minutes faster than last year so I'll take it.
 

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Great job on the win Mailbox! I wouldn't be disappointed in the time since you had to run the whole thing solo - and 3 minutes faster than last year certainly can't be bad <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif"><br><br>
Also very cool that it was a family affair with your brother and father doing so well too!
 

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I didnt know that you knew how to run 3 miles... <img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif"><br><br>
Great Job
 

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Enjoy the win as you pulled off a great time for not being pushed by competition! From the sounds of it, you could gone out for corned beef and cabbage and still been back to greet the 2nd place finisher.<br><br>
The toilet paper finish line tape was a nice touch... I like their style <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif">
 

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mailbox - I know how you feel. I was kind of disappointed with my time when I ran my first OA win. But as everyone told me. Enjoy it! They don't come around that often.<br><br>
Excellent job!
 

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Mailbox - you made me smile when you wrote about commenting to the kid "Good Job" and then proceeded to pass him... I am sure you were being nice, but it still sounds pretty cool to let someone know "they aint all that"<br><br>
Enjoy the win!!
 

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Nice Win -<br><br>
Run as good or bad as you want - A win is a win - just smile and drink you green beer from your victory cup. Congrats!
 

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Congratulations on your first win and motivating yourself with no one around! Looks like all those miles are already paying you fitness dividends.<br><br>
Because I live in an Endangered Species area for runners, not because of my "speed," I have had the opportunity to claim a couple victories. The one where no one was within a minute of me was much harder in terms of pushing myself. I think that's normal.<br><br>
Something tells me you'll blow past that time in another race.
 

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Mailbox, repeat after me:<br><br>
There's no such thing as a bad win!<br><br>
Seriously, congratulations. That is awesome. <img alt="banana.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/banana.gif">
 
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