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Feb 3rd - Mid Winter 10-Mile RR - Cape Elizabeth<br><br>
My quads and hamstrings were still feeling a bit tight from the Boston Prep 16 miler in Derry NH last week but there was no way I was going to use that as an excuse, and the weather...well couldn't use that either since it was about 35 degrees, cloudy and very little wind at race time (no wind is very unusual on this course). <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif"><br><br>
Remembering Jim's (from coolrunning) constructive criticism after last year's race I made it my goal to run as close to 7:00 miles for the first 8 miles then bring it home strong to complete a sub 1:10.<br><br>
Race Report:<br>
This was probably the smartest race I have run in a very long time as I ran my race and let the rabbits go concentrating on my race and only my race. After the first mile which was just a bit fast I brought it down to my 7 minute pace and finished the last two miles strong to post an exact 6 minute pr on this course from last year - 1:09:46 - (6:59) HR - Avg 153 / Max 169. Last year's time - 1:14:46 and I absolutely believe that on fresh legs I would have been much faster, but I could really feel this one in my legs and didn't want to push it any harder and risk injury. Right on target I was able to pick it up at mile seven and passed a number of people in the last two miles which really felt good. The best feeling was having a plan, sticking to it and seeing it all come to fruition.<br><br>
Splits according to Garmin: 6:49 - 7:06 - 7:03 - 6:55 - 7:01 - 7:08 - 7:04 - 7:04 - 6:55 - 6:37 - 1:09:41 - <img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif">(The 5 second difference is due to the start difference and the chip time. There was only a mat at the finish not the start and I figure it took me just about five seconds to cross the starting line).<br><br>
OA - 103/691 - AG - 14/59
 

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Hi Mainerunnah,<br><br>
You had a plan, you stuck to it, and it payed off big time! I don't know that anybody could run-to-plan much better than you did, especially on tire legs. And that 6-minute PR is a really nice payoff!<br><br>
Congratulations!<br><br>
Jay
 

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Excellent race, Bob! Way to execute the plan. You should give lessons...<br>
Looking forward to seeing you in Boston!
 

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WTG and congratulations on a fine race, Bob. You are a great role model for the rest of us. I hope to see you in Boston, but I may just see an orange blur in the distance. <img alt="wink.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/wink.gif">
 

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Excellent result on its own. Following the Derry 16-miler, even bettah! Nice racing, Bob. I look forward to seeing how this year comes together for you.
 

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Bob, you are amazing! To run such a great race so close on the heels of Derry...my legs were still jelly!<br><br>
--Robin
 
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