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This was the first race I’ve ran in my hometown, so although it was nice to run a familiar course, I felt a lot of pressure because I’m one of the crazies everyone sees running in all sorts of weather and all times of day or night.<br><br>
The race was supposed to start at 8:00 am but due to thunderstorms it was postponed at the last minute with plans to try again at 11:00 am. I went back home, made a Hardees run and before I thought much about it, I wolfed down a Hardees Chicken & Biscuit at about 10:00 am.<br><br>
I got back to the Rec Center and sure enough, people were there ready to race (I was hoping a lot of them would just go home so I’d have a better chance.) We lined up to start the race and I guess there was 40-50 people. The starter started the race and we were off. The first mile goes up a long, fairly steep hill, so I thought starting too fast wouldn’t be a problem. Also I’ve been doing some heart rate training and I think I’ve figured out my lactate threshold so my plan was to not get above about 171 bpm. I wanted to break 50 minutes but knew because the course was pretty hilly that it may be tough. I felt pretty good the first mile and was running fairly controlled, keeping my hr right around 171. My first mile split was 8:10, and I felt pretty good.<br><br>
The second mile has – of course – another pretty steep hill, and at this point I’m wondering if I should just run up it faster or try to keep my hr down, so I compromise and think that if it gets above 171 for a little while I’ll be able to recover at the top of the hill and everything will be ok. As I start up the second hill, my stomach gives me a few "not so subtle" reminders that Hardees Chicken & Biscuit isn’t really a good pre-race meal. I make it up the hill ok and press on.<br><br>
At the top of the hill I start gaining on a guy who has started walking at the top of the second hill (which impressively demonstrates that my running pace was faster than his walking pace), but just as I get to him he starts running again so I let him go. My second mile split was 8:22, but I wasn’t really worried because I didn’t expect even splits. I knew the toughest part of the course was the first 4 miles or so and I planned to have something left to finish strong.<br><br>
Mile 3 was pretty flat and I didn’t realize it but I guess I used it to recover a little more than I expected. A guy passed me between miles 2 and 3 and he seemed to be running really strong but I was still hoping to catch him before the end of the race. Mile 3 was 8:33 and most of mile 4 was up another long hill so I didn’t really like my time at this point. At the halfway point I noted that my time was 25:45 and knew I’d have to run quite a negative split to break 50 so I was a little discouraged but still tried to stay controlled.<br><br>
There was a girl who had been about 50 yards in front of me for the entire time and during mile 4 I started gaining on her. I also passed the guy who walked at the top of the hills and a few more people as well. My mile 4 split was 8:48. Behind me now I hear footsteps and I look back to see another girl coming up behind me, so I increase my pace a little but hold back and let her pass because I don’t want to kick too soon. She passes me but I keep her pretty close because I plan on running the last mile hard. She passes the girl who had been 50 yards ahead of me and I pull to within 10 – 20 yards.<br><br>
My 5 mile split is 8:25 and as we’re coming up to the 5 mile marker I decide it’s time to quit looking at the heartrate monitor and run hard so I make my move and step it up pretty fast. The good part about this race is…the last mile is downhill, so no excuses not to finish strong!<br><br>
I passed both girls pretty quickly but they both look like they’re running strong so I feel like they’re right behind me (although I didn’t look back to check). There’s another girl about 100 yards ahead but I don’t want to discourage myself so I stop looking ahead and just look at the ground in front of me and run as hard as I think I can sustain for another mile. Now I get that familiar burning in my stomach and the sick feeling I usually get when I run hard, but I’m able to keep the pace. As I look up, the girl is a lot closer now and I pass her.<br><br>
Next is the guy who passed me in mile 3 and he still looks strong but I think maybe I can catch him. He’s probably 80 yards ahead and I’m slowly gaining but as we get to the final stretch I see that there’s just not enough distance for me to close the gap, and I can’t run any harder or my stomach will put an abrupt stop to this nonsense, so I run hard enough to finish strong, but not so hard that I throw up…and I finish behind him, stop my watch, and it says 50:54.<br><br>
Here are my splits and avg HR:<br><br>
Mile 1: 8:10, avg HR 167<br>
Mile 2: 8:22, avg HR 175<br>
Mile 3: 8:33, avg HR 170<br>
Mile 4: 8:48, avg HR 171<br>
Mile 5: 8:25, avg HR 173<br>
Mile 6: 7:24, avg HR 177<br>
Last 0.2: 1:12, avg HR 179<br><br>
To my surprise, I ended up getting second place in my age group and got a nice green horseshoe trophy. This was a milestone because I’ve never won ANYTHING for running (well unless you count the short distance field day things "back in my prime" when I was a 5th & 6th grader). Woohooo I brought home some hardware!<br><br><img alt="" src="http://i165.photobucket.com/albums/u46/thpennington/DSCN5494-1.jpg" style="border:0px solid;">
 

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Wow first to respond. Nice job buddy!!! Man, I'd love to get me some hardware some day. I've got my first race on April 6th. A crazy hilly 15K. I'm toast! We miss you over at RM&D. You gotta stop by more often. Loved the chicken/biscuit race meal! Good job not hurling!
 

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Nice job in what sounds like pretty tough conditions, especially with the delay. Pretty hard to get warmed up properly like that.
 

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Great job Tony! Congrats on finishing strong and bringing home some hardware. Come in and visit us sometime, ok?
 

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WTG Tony!!!!!!!!!!!! awesome job 2nd place in your age div. and some<br>
hardware that's a good day <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif">
 

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<b>Tonnnnnnnny!!!</b> I'm so proud of you! No puking makes it even better <img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif"> You deserve that horseshoe!!
 

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Hey Tony!!! Congrats on 2nd place and winning a trophy! Yay! And you got an awesome time!!! You were fast the whole way, but you really smoked it on the last mile. Way to go for passing all the guys and gals. <img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif"> I really liked your report...you made it seem so real, like watching a sport!
 

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John - thanks! As fast as you are, I know you'll get hardware soon (...it has a LOT to do with selecting the races that the fast folks don't know about <img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif">)<br><br>
Mailbox Head - thanks! Yeah I had to make myself stop whining to myself before the race...but it turned out ok.<br><br>
Andi - thanks - I still haven't quit biking <img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif"><br><br>
Lee - thanks! Yes it was a good day!<br><br>
Batmomm - thanks! My "puke-meter" had just redlined right before I crossed the finish...so THIS time I didn't make a spectacle of myself LOL!<br><br>
Chosha - thanks!<br><br>
Alemma - thanks! I've decided I much prefer a downhill finish to an uphill finish (like MCM).<br><br>
Missy - thanks!<br><br>
Suds - thanks! Yes races are a lot more fun when I don't puke!
 
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