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Goal: Run my 12 mile long run<br>
Venue: Mad Dash 8 mile race in Waitsfield, VT.<br><br>
Wake up: 6:30am<br><br>
Running Duds: Enell boob cincher, bodyglideunder the Pink RunningSkirts Athletic running skort (This style has longer shorts underneath), light blue v-neck tech shirt, tape on right smallest toe (because it always blisters) Injinji Toe Socks - mini-crew, Wright double-layer socks.<br><br>
Breakfast: Toast with butter and honey, mug-o-coffee<br><br>
I log onto KR to say good morning and see what’s happening, and to check directions to race location.<br><br>
Leave house ~7:50am<br><br>
Drive about 30 miles to Waitsfield. Arrive about 8:30 or so. I use the portolet and see Dr. Wu driving up at that point. I boogie to registration to get my race goodies: Long sleeved T-Shirt, Goat’s Milk soap, Goat’s milk lip balm, keychain flashlight, little doggie figurines from Small Dog Electronics (useless, but someone might want them), bumper stickers, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters bag-o-coffee (for a coffee maker). There might have been something else. I head back to my car to stash my loot, meeting Dr. Wu on my way to find he has parked right next to me.<br><br>
We return to the start/finish/registration area and chat about things for a little while, then I go off for my 4 miles prior to the start of the 8 mile race. I don’t know the distances so I set my watch for 22 min and head out. Turn around after 22 minutes passes to go back. I ran on part of the race route. There are 2 hills, but they’re not too bad. Especially at 8:45 am or whatever time it is.<br><br>
Get back from my 4 miles and I’m feeling good. I am carrying a UD bottle filled with tap water from home and a 1/2 a Nuun tablet that I sipped at during the 4. I chat some more with Dr. Wu, then he heads out for his 1.5 mile warm-up. I patiently wait at the back of the pack of slowly gathering racers. Waiting, waiting. Check the watch, it’s after 10am. This is the part where my body says, we’re done running now, right? So why haven’t you fed me? Ah, well. Dr. Wu waves at me from almost at the front of the gathering. He’s much faster than I <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile"><br><br>
There’s the gun! We’re off. I start out at the pace I intend to run for the race. I’m not out to set records, I’m here to run 12 miles and maybe have some fun. I’m passed by a few people. It’s a race of mixed distances, 8 miles, 4 miles and walking 4 miles. The course splits and the 4 milers go left while the 8 milers continue straight along the edge of a field of what I think is alfalfa. I’m passed by the last 8 mile runner so I take up the mantle of being last. I plaintively asked if he was going to make me be last, but it didn’t sway him from his pace <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/wink.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"> Dang-it!<br><br>
At every turn and turnaround where a race volunteer stood, I let them know I was the last person. I figure it’s only fair to let them know so they don’t wait forever. The volunteer near the 2 mile mark ran back to the start with me (the course looped through the start area twice) giving me good advice the whole time. At that point I realized I hadn’t put on any sunscreen. Oops. During mile 4 or 5 I go through the parking area where there were people cheering earlier, but they’ve left <span style="font-family:Verdana;"><span style="font-family:Wingdings;"><span style="font-family:Wingdings;"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Sad"></span></span> I’m too slow to get the crowd (2 people) support!</span><br><br>
Right at the 6th mile, there were some spectators at a house (the route is on a road at this point) and they gave me all kinds of encouragement <span style="font-family:Verdana;"><span style="font-family:Wingdings;"><span style="font-family:Wingdings;"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile"></span></span> Also in the 6th mile, in some woods, one little group of spectators was playing all kinds of percussion instruments! They were great. One of the 4 mile racers was out cooling off (warming down?) and ran with me for a ways. We chatted a bit, he had come in 12 in his AG.</span><br><br><span style="font-family:Verdana;">During the 7th mile, the trail splits. There was no-one there and no mark to show the direction to go. I chose the counter-intuitive direction (away from the finish line) and it proved to be correct. Not long after that Dr. Wu showed up to run with me to the finish. I got some clapping at the end, but most people were paying attention to the food! <span style="font-family:Wingdings;"><span style="font-family:Wingdings;"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile"></span></span> The food looked good. I finished DFL <shrug> I already knew I was last before mile 1, no big deal.</span><br><br>
Splits:<br><br>
1st mile 9:31, so I know the markers are not correct, just as Dr. Wu said they weren’t.<br><br>
2nd mile 10:34, yep, completely off.<br><br>
3rd mile 9:33, it’s all flat so far, pretty much, by the way.<br><br>
4th mile 13:47. Granted I did walk during that one, but not that much.<br><br>
5, 6 and 7th miles were 37:45 and those included the 2 hills I ran during my 4 mile warm-up. I did some walking and I think my watch button didn’t push all the way down so I didn’t get the splits.<br><br>
8th mile 11:36.<br><br>
Overall time, including my 44 minutes for the 4 miles, was 2:16 for 12 miles. The 8 miles (or however far it was) came in at 1:32.<br><br>
I grabbed a piece of bread with some ginger-garlic spread and a bit of Mad River soda. I was hungry way back at mile 2 (or 6 depending on how you look at it) but that was not a factor after the race.<br><br>
I’d do it again, even if I knew I was coming in last, it was good fun.<br><br>
Dr. Wu and I hung around waiting for the prizes to be awarded and the raffle. Between the prizes and the raffle we watched and cheered all the kiddies in their little races. They’re freakin’ cute to watch run and some are pretty fast!<br><br>
Dr. Wu lucked out at the raffle. I didn’t get nuttin’ <span style="font-family:Verdana;"><span style="font-family:Wingdings;"><span style="font-family:Wingdings;"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Sad"></span></span> <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/wink.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"></span><br><br>
It took quite a while for all the handing out of prizes and raffle goodies. Dr. Wu and I left the race somewhere around 1pm or so.<br><br>
I achieved my goal, more or less since the actual race distance may not be exactly 8 miles. I reinforced my knowledge that I don’t do well if I take a break in the middle of running and try to start again. I did not get cramps, which are usually my biggest problem. I owned my DFL spot! <span style="font-family:Wingdings;"><span style="font-family:Wingdings;"><span style="font-family:Verdana;"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile"></span></span></span><br><br>
Back at home, showered and got some food, fruit juice an a yogurt with nuts and wheat germ. SO’s parents just arrived in town, and called about 2pm. They came over about 4pm, so I didn’t get the nap I wanted. I was quite tired, but not exhausted. This is the longest run I’ve done to date. Next long run will be 14 miles. I think I’ll do that alone.<br><br>
It was a good day!<br><br>
Sorry about the formatting, I'm not sure how to make it not so wide...
 

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How far?
 

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I'm nearing the end of my taper so 13 miles total with a 5K race in there. Plan is to run to the start of the race as it's in Brooklyn and then run the race. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/wink.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 

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Excellent plan! Have fun with that.
 

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Always fun to mix in a race with your training plans. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile"> I did that last Saturday and it helped break up the monotony.<br><br>
What are you training for again Ginger?
 

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Hartford HM on Oct. 13th (a Saturday)
 

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Ooh good luck! I almost signed up for the full at Hartford, but ended up going with Baystate instead. That'll be a busy weekend for some runners here!
 

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Heather, please email me your address so I can send you a check for all the compliments.<br><br>
I'm sorry for not telling you beforehand that it's a pretty fast crowd at this event. It's one of my favorites on my race schedule. Since I didn't run XC in high school it's the closest thing to a second chance that I'll ever get.<br><br>
I agree that it's very hard to run, stop, and start again. Good luck on that 14. You are going to do great at the half.
 

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I have't read many race reports that report on the goodie bag contents. Thanks for the smile.
 

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My thought was it would be more interesting than running alone for the whole 12 <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile"> Thank you!<br><br>
I was going to say the same to you after reading about your trail run, which you rocked, by the way <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/headbang.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="headbang"><br><br>
Thanks! Good luck at Baystate!<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile"> I really didn't mind the pace, I was quite impressed by the quality of racer at the event.<br><br>
Hee! I thought it was worth mentioning. The soap smells very nice, and the lip balm is good stuff. It has spearmint in it, which I prefer over peppermint.
 

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i love good goodie bags <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile"><br><br>
great race report Ginger!!!! Seems like a good time. The soap sounds great. And bread with garlic spread after? wow. They do things right up there <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile">
 

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That is some awesome schwag they hand out in VT!<br><br>
You were last with class! Great job on getting the 12 miles in in a unique and fun way.
 

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What a fun way to do a long run. Congrats!<br><br>
I'm <i>swooning</i> over the duds. Funny how counter-intuitive works. Great job, GB.
 

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Meri, it was a good spread after the race, too bad I wasn't as interested in the food after as I was during.<br><br>
SGH, <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/biggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Very Happy"> You have to come up here to race sometime. You're fast, you should come up for the Mad Dash next year <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile"><br><br>
Thanks, roots! A "swoon" <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/biggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Very Happy"> Oh, boy!
 

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Congratulations on a great race. BTW-I've read your posts where you say how slow you run (I'm pretty sure that's you)-from where I'm sitting-that's not slow! Good luck on your HM<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile">
 

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Thanks! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile"> You should-a seen the fast people! They smoked it! Winner of the 8 mile race had a pace of 5:11, over 8 miles! Fast.
 
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