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<span style="font-family:Arial;">ok I have been given orders from Tim and Tiff that I must write a rr so here goes. <img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif"><br><br>
Episode 1: the phantom runner (heh)<br><br>
For me I think I need to give non-30s forum folks a little background on me. I started the c25k program last March. I literally started from the couch. It took me longer to complete the c25k program due to multiple knee issues. After my knee started acting up a second time I took the entire month of June off! If it still hurt after that I was going to give up for a much longer time. Thankfully my injuries went away never to return (knock on wood).<br><br>
Due to my left knee barking at me early in c25k I really had a slow pace on my c25k workouts. So when I completed c25k I took the second option of the c25k program- 5k or <b>30 minutes.</b> So last fall after c25k I started the One Hour Runner program. I was quite proud of myself as I did not miss one workout once I started the OHR program.<br><br>
Then PhillyTom was awesome enough to write me a 10k training program. I started on it and was about to week 4 when the Christmas holidays hit. Sundays were my "long day" of each week. For three straight weeks of 12/2 through 12/16 I shaved multiple minutes off my 5 mile run. On 12/2 I ran 5 miles in 1 hour and 6 minutes. By 12/16 my time was down to 57 minutes. Then...... do I keep improving? Erm..... no. Christmas week hits and I get lazy and take it off. Then the next week bad weather hits and I can't run. So suddenly I am into January and have not run in nearly 3 weeks. I go about one day a week to run and have totally lost my momentum and endurance.<br><br>
Fast forward to Mercedes 5k. I had run 5 miles on 12/16 and had not run a 3 mile distance since that time........ But I was committed and was not going to back out of the 5k. To be honest I only went on this trip to meet Bob, Tim, Jarod and Beth (I already had met Tiff) and to have fun hanging out in my first 30s kickrunners meeting. Since I was such a friggin' slacker since Christmas I was dreading the 5k. Before Christmas I was hoping for a sub 30 minute debut. Now I was hoping to not hit 40.....<br><br>
Ok I am a long winded person so here begins the actual report <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif"><br><br>
I have never been to a race before Saturday. I don't watch it on tv and all I know about racing is what I read here from my online friends. First of all I need to thank Tim. In our group e-mails the week of the 5k I voiced concern that I knew I would be the slowest and was self conscious about that but I obviously realized everyone in the group were more experienced than me. But via e-mail and in person Tim took me under his wing and did nothing other than encourage me and remind me how much fun I would have this weekend. He answered tons of questions (as did Bob who was my roommate) with the patience of a saint. I find it a superb character trait in a person who shows patience and kindness to someone who is a newbie. Thank you sir <img alt="notworthy.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/notworthy.gif"><br><br>
Now we arrive at the race. I felt a part of the group since everyone save Beth was racing. I knew I would be the cheerleader on Sunday during the big races. As Tiff said in her report, Tim wanted us near the front! We were like uh dude NO! hehe So we move back a good bit. I spot a guy in a full Flash (DC comics hero) costume and tell Bob and he snaps a picture with the famous "Bobcam".<br><br>
When we start everything is pretty normal, what I expected. As I see the leaders round the first building to our left I joke that I feel like an extra in a Godzilla movie and we are running for our lives, that or there is some awesome food right around the corner. <img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif"><br><br>
As Tiff said she was checking on me about every 2/10 of a mile. I joked to everyone afterwards this was the progression:<br><br><b>mile 0-1:</b> Tiff asks me about 5 times "how are you feeling, you ok, keep going, you're doing fine, etc"<br><br>
my responses to her are complete sentences that are audible and make sense<br><br><b>mile 1-2:</b> Tiff asks same questions<br><br>
my responses are a short yes or no <img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif"><br><br><b>mile 2-3:</b> Tiff asks same questions<br><br>
my responses are caveman type grunts <img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif"><br><br>
Around the one mile mark I hear some guys talking to my left. One of them is running right with me and is looking at his garmin and says to his friend, "yeah we're ok, a 9 minute a mile pace". To which I freak and think "man I am going to burn out by going too fast too soon". I get a little worried about being gassed before it's over. At one point Tiff says "surely we passed the 1 mile mark, they must not mark the 5k distances". Then of course 30 yards further up we see the 1 mile marker....... lol<br><br>
I progress fine and have no pain. I kept looking for the "u turn" in the course because I know once you turn around you are on the home stretch. I see Bob meet us after he turns the corner. I tell Tiff to look over at Bob. Then I do the peace sign for whatever reason. I was too tired to think of anything cool or fun to do for the picture LOL.<br><br>
FINALLY I see the frigging u-turn. Mentally I am trying to tell myself it's over soon, it's over soon. Then at about the 2.75 mile mark here runs Tim towards us! I was taken back a bit not expecting to see him. He instantly cheers us on and compliments us on how great we are doing, the great pace for my first ever race and how good we look. Then he says "OK you two, right around the corner is the last 0.1 stretch, finish this thing strong! You did it! Congrats! Knock it out!" This fires up Tiff a bit and she beams that smile and tells me to pick up the pace. So I speed up a tiny bit and pull back even with her. She then turns back again and says "come on Maples, let's go, go go!" and she takes off......I honestly try to speed up again to catch up with her and..... nothing. I am going as fast as I possibly can. We were side by side with less than 0.1 a mile to go and she ended up beating me by 6 seconds. That tells you how much she sped up! I joked with Tiff afterwards that her engine must be a 5 speed and mine a 4 speed because when I tried to shift gears there was nothing. <img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif"><br><br>
I must mention how much Tiff meant to me in that race. She could have easily broken 30 minutes if she wanted. But she had just decided to run her first every half marathon the very next morning. So she actually "paced" me if you will and did nothing short of giving me constant encouragement the entire time. Despite what she wrote in her report she did not bother me. <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif"> I told her if it were not for her pushing me I might not make it under 40 minutes. That's the truth.<br><br>
So my final time was 33.37. I was actually very satisfied with that when you take into consideration my current physical condition (as I typed at the beginning). I had been a slacker since Christmas and had lost every ounce of my conditioning and had not run 3 miles in distance in 6 weeks or so.<br><br>
After the race we went to the Expo and while the girls shopped we chugged down some water and energy drinks. It was at that point that I decided a few things in my mind. You will see them in my sig below.<br><br><b>1)</b> I wanted to get into shape and lose weight (I am 6 ft and 212 pounds now). Also I didn't tell the others but I was immediately bummed to now be a cheerleader for the next days races. I was happy to support my friends! That's not the point. The truth is that I was not in condition to run a half or full.<br><b><br>
2)</b> So the second point is that I will train so that I never go to another 30s meeting and be reduced to standing around watching everyone else due to the fact I have not properly trained myself to participate.<br><br><b>3)</b> Which logically leads to the statement that running is not a spectator sport- you don't improve in running by being a spectator. You have to be active and stay active to improve. Quit skipping runs dude.<br><br>
Sorry so wordy but that's the kind of person I am.......full of hot air? jk <img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif"><br><br>
thanks for letting me share, hope this was ok<br></span>
 

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Nice job! I like point #3 the best...it HURTS to stand on the sidelines and watch a race, doesn't it? It makes the training runs easier to do when you remind yourself of how you would be itching to be out there! Last year, my wife and I went to Columbus to cheer on my teammates on the pace team and it SUCKED - the day was perfect, I knew several people in the race that I would have been running with. Brutal - every single pacer that came by, I was secretly hoping they would have injured themselves and I could jump in to cover them!
 

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You did an excellent job <b>Maples</b>! Sure, you may have taken a break from your running but after a great weekend hanging out with some of the gang and running in your first race, I'm certain you'll get back out there. You'd better, there are many more meetups in the future and I'm hoping to meet you at one of them someday. <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif"> Congratulations!
 

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Wow! Congrats Chris, you did great! Can't wait to read more of your Race Reports.<br><br>
What's next? Check this out:<br><br><b>Tupelo Marathon Half Marathon</b><br><i>The Sunday prior to Labor Day each year, runners come from all over the nation come to run the Tupelo Marathon. At the halfway point, you make a choice - turn around and do it all again for a full 26.2 OR run just a little more and call it a day for the 14.2 miler.</i>
 

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Tupelo has the coolest short - a skull and cross bones! The Surgeon General has determined doing a marathon in August in Tupelo could be hazardous to your health!
 

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<b>Great report, Maples!</b> You have come such a long way from when you first joined us, and I'm really really proud of your effort on Saturday and your achievement.
 

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Hmm, Hm in the Tupelo eh? That does sound intriguing.<br><br>
Awesome job Chris. Next time I'll join in the fun w/ you.
 

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Flem keep me posted about Tupelo..... I think Tim planted a seed in my mind. <img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif">
 

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Great Job <b>Maples</b>. Thanks for the background too.<br>
I started about like you 5-11 and 200# 2 years ago.<br>
You'll make great progress from here: stay with a schedule, learn to listen to your body, don't over do it.<br>
You're in for a world of fun.<br>
jjj
 

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I am so proud of you for running as hard as you could and expect lots of great race reports from you in the future because I know you have it in you to stick with it and run your first 10K, HM... the sky is the limit... Completely up to you!! You did an excellent job and finished with an excellent time for your first 5K!<br><br>
You're just lucky I don't live closer cause I'd have to crack the whip and make sure you don't skip anymore runs!!! Get started on that 10K program <b>Pacer</b> wrote for you. I know you have the ability with the right training to knock a future 10K out and I can't wait to read that report!
 

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You had me interested until it said run just a little more... ha ha in August!!! Seriously, who knows, maybe the 2nd Southern 30's meet-up! Man we need to recruit more Southern 30's!
 

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<b>Maples</b> - you've come quite a long way since you've met up with our little group. I can tell you the racing thing is addictive - I sure the heck wasn't even thinking of a second race when I did my first ever. I pretty much signed up for another one just a few days afterward.<br><br>
Congrats! Nice race, and may this be the first of a long string of them for you
 

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Thanks for the great report. You should be proud of your achievement and progress. It is amazing how supportive the 30's can be. I hope <span style="font-family:Arial;">Tom, Bob, Tim, Jarod and Beth et.al. all take some pride in your race, too. But, the big cudos go to you. I can't wait to hear about your next race.</span>
 
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