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Race location: Raleigh, NC. Put on by NCRC (North Carolina Roadrunners Club). Sunny, windy, 40F.<br><br>
Up at 6 am to run Tory (my dog) for a couple miles before heading to Raleigh to run the "Resolution Run (5K)". I looked at last year race times for 50-59 AG and thought I should be able to win or for sure place this race!<br>
When I got there and was warming up I askes a guy which way the course went. He says "....it goes down there then up to a culdesac then comes back here and goes up that hill. If you can make it up that long hill it's downhill home. I hope you like hills.." Now I'm thinking, "so that's why the AG times were so slow!". Indeed, downhill start and only about 1/3 of the first mile was uphill so I nailed a 6:33 first mile. Then the hill from mile 1.5 to 2.5 caused mile 3 to be 7:40 and mile 3 to be 7:30. Mile 3 was 1/2 up and 1/2 down but a stiff headwind for the down! Came in at 22:40 (7:19 pace) but <b>it was a 5K PR by 8 seconds on a much tougher course</b> <b>AND I placed 3rd in 50-59 AG (out of 28 )</b> and received a discount for a NewBalance store.<br>
So the New Year is starting off with a PR and hardware!<br><br>
I still hate 5K's they are SO painful.<br><br>
Here's the elevation profile..<br><img alt="" src="http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y246/lateboomer/resolution1-1-08elev.jpg" style="border:0px solid;"><br><br>
Steve
 

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congrats Perch. Age group placing is cool. And that would be the perfect prize for me. I run exclusively now in NB. Thanks for sharing your race with us.
 

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Great start to your year, perchcreek. That course sounds tough and you PR'd and got hardware!<br><br>
If you get tired of hills come on over east a couple hours -- the only hills are highway overpasses around here!
 

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Great job Perch!! I completely agree about 5k's. They hurt!! But you did awesome. Great way to start the new year. Congrats!!
 

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Great job, Perch! I think 5K's are like throwing up; you feel really bad until you finally finish, then you feel so much better afterwards.<img alt="razz.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/razz.gif">uke:Congrats on the hardware and prize.
 

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Well done, Perch. You're going to rock the desert, man.
 

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<span style="font-size:xx-small;">Oh, Finn. SNORK! <span style="font-size:small;"><br><br>
You are <i>great</i> in <i>2008</i>, perch! Heckuva race and congrats on 3rd, the hardware, and the <b>PR</b> on such a tough course. (But can you do more of the same in the dark? <img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif"> )<br></span></span>
 

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Great run Perch<br>
Hilly, flat, fast or long you excel at them all.<br><br>
But I'm with Finn on this one,<br>
she's sooo transcendental.<br>
jjj
 

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Yeah, perch, that looks like a challenging course. Congratulations are definitely called for: PR, AG finish, and New Balance bucks! (Hey, can I piggyback on your order? <img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif">)
 

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After all of your PF rehab, I'm tickled pink to see you running so well. A hearty congratulations, Steve!
 

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Good racing and I'm sure the rewards of PR and age group placing are worth the pain. Sets you up nicely for the new year. Well done
 
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