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First of all, before I lose your attention, <img alt="wink.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/wink.gif"> I would like to say a few things about this race. In nine short years, it has grown to be the biggest marathon in Ohio and the 19th largest in the US. And it's done this by being first and foremost a marathon to cater to the "middle of the pack" people- my people. There are water stops at every mile, clocks and volunteers calling out your pace too. The expo is nice, there is always a free gift (usually a backpack of some sort) and you can't beat the Pig medal. There are a lot of spectators for a mid size marathon, and it's a scenic if somewhat challenging course. And for me, it happens to be held in my hometown. It is the reason that I decided to start running nine years ago.<br><br>
Now...about this years race. While it's great to sleep in your own bed the night before, the early start time (6:30) and the fact that I am always too nervous to sleep well usually negates that advantage. But after nine years, I have my pre race routine down to a science. Get in the car, drive about 10 minutes to the 5th street exit, make an illegal right turn and park at 3rd and Central, which is just a few blocks from the start alongside Paul Brown Stadium.<br><br>
Not long after I arrived at the starting line, Lloyd (you know him as Roots) came by to shake my hand and wish me a good race. A nice, nice guy and one fast runner too. He went on to run a fantastic 3:08 marathon. <img alt="notworthy.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/notworthy.gif"><br><br>
The race began, with what sounded like cannon fire and we were off. The temps were in the low 50's and there was a breeze averaging 13mph.<br><br>
Since I had lined up with the 3:50 pace people, I had thoughts of running a somewhere in the 3:50's race. But, although I'd like to run what I consider a fast time as much as anybody, at this stage in my marathon career, I am more in it just to keep my streak of running consecutive Pigs alive. (With that, Dan cleverly sets the reader up to lessen his/her expectations)<br><br>
Through the early miles, I must say that I felt fantastic. I enjoyed watching the sunrise (and all the runners) while I was running on the bridge to Kentucky. While running back to Ohio, I saw someone wearing a "Breast Cancer Sucks" pink shirt. I knew that had to be SR Lopez so I asked him insightfully "How are you?" He answered "I have to pee." I wasn't sure if he was quoting Forest Gump or had an actual need to as he put it "To do God's work." When the next set of Porta Potties came along we parted ways and he went on to run a very nice 3:52 marathon.<br><br>
I was feeling great throughout the first half. The hill up to Eden Park seemed to fly by as did all the early miles. In fact, at the half, I was on pace to run a 3:38 marathon. Either I was going to beat my PR of 3:46, or I had gone out too fast.<br><br>
After mile 19 I had my answer. I just seemed to lose it quite rapidly, and I began to walk a stretch. Sometimes, I have been able to suck it up and get back to near pace, but this wasn't one of those days. Perhaps I was thinking that I had to walk my mail route and help conduct track practice the next day. I'm not sure exactly, but I just didn't have my mental game working for me.<br><br>
I just decided to take it as easy on myself as possible, and used a run/ walk combination for the last six miles. During this time I saw Voodoo pass me running very strong. I was too tired and he was running too well for me to try and get his attention. As you might have read, he went on to run a fantastic 3:44 marathon.<br><br>
My DW was there as always between miles 21-22 . I stopped for a bit to tell her, as I do every year, that I'll never run another marathon. And like every year, she nodded her head and handed me some Gatorade.<br><br>
When I got to Mile 24, I rallied a bit and ran the last two miles at, what seemed to me at least , a faster pace. The crowd (and Elvis) really helped to bring me in. My time?... 4:03:13. I would have liked to break 4 hours, as most of my Pigs have been somewhere in the 3:50 range, but it was.... all right.<br><br>
The good? I experienced less soreness than I ever have after a marathon, and was able to work and run a couple of miles the next day. The whole Pig experience was a lot of fun as always, and I am already looking forward to the 10th anniversary Pig, May 4th 2008.<br><br>
Maybe I'll see you there.<br><br><img alt="" src="http://i11.tinypic.com/4tu95j6.jpg" style="border:0px solid;">
 

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Here's a few pictures of the day taken by Cincinnati Enquirer photographers.<br><br><img alt="" src="http://i14.tinypic.com/637aj37.jpg" style="border:0px solid;"><br><br><img alt="" src="http://i14.tinypic.com/67xrcz9.jpg" style="border:0px solid;"><br><br><img alt="" src="http://i15.tinypic.com/4yoqiw8.jpg" style="border:0px solid;">
 

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<img alt="" src="http://i14.tinypic.com/661m3br.jpg" style="border:0px solid;"><br><br><img alt="" src="http://i17.tinypic.com/6f5frc9.jpg" style="border:0px solid;"><br><br><img alt="" src="http://i13.tinypic.com/6cd1tnp.jpg" style="border:0px solid;">
 

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Ah yes, the runner's promise. Sorta like that of the drunk worshipping at the porcelain altar. <img alt="wink.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/wink.gif"><br><br>
Great story Dan. Almost makes me want to run the Pig some day. Almost...<br><br>
Rest up and recover well!
 

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Great report, Dan! My only regret from this year's Pig was that I didn't get a chance to meet you. I missed Roots as well, but he's only a trail-run away! <img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif"><br><br>
That Elvis impersonator fired me up as well!
 

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I did get to see your back <img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif">...There are enough Ohio races around that I feel pretty confident we'll get to meet someday. The Pig people are promising some special things for the 10th anniversary so maybe you'll be back here next year.<br><br>
Congratulations again on knocking 12 minutes off your PR!<br><br>
And thanks Grizzly and Lofcaudio for your nice comments <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif"><br><br>
And...here's a 1 minute plus video of the start and of the male and female winner at the Finish Swine<br><br><a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ObGCwFOC6ho" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ObGCwFOC6ho</a>
 

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Oink! Excellent report and nice streak, Dan! I am putting the Pig on my list of Races To Do Someday.
 

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Great report, Dan! Not a bad race, for an old guy like yourself. <img alt="wink.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/wink.gif"><br><br>
I think I might just find myself in Cincinnati next May - they have a half marathon too, don't they? Sounds like a great time!
 

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Oh, and Dan, I was thinking about you Saturday as I was having a 3-way at Skyline the day before the race. <img alt="wink.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/wink.gif">
 

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Dan is just as nice in person as he is here in cyberspace. I can say that your pleasant disposition sent me with a really great attitude. We shook hands, wished each other well, and I almost forgot to say (so I went back) to Dan that were about to earn 105 VRAA points! A motivating factor, for sure.<br><br>
Congrats Dan, on being one of only about 150 runners who have completed all 9 editions of the Pig.<br><br>
The city of Cincinnati has an awesome marathon and it really sells itself. But it does not hurt that the city, and the marathon, has a wonderful ambassador such as yourself. Thanks for being a part of my record day.<br><br>
~Lloyd
 

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<b>Roots</b>- Thanks for the very kind words Roots <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif"> You are one fast and much more importantly, nice dude. You've done plenty of Pig ambasssadorship work yourself.<br><br><b>Voodoo</b>- That 3 way you ate is no doubt the reason you were able to knock 12 minutes off of your PR<br><br><b>TG</b>- Yes, there is a half Pig. And that would be really great if you could make it next year for the 10th Anniversary Pig. <img alt="snorting.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/snorting.gif">
 
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