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I don't run many 5k's. In fact I can count the number on one hand, unlike marathons. So I relished the opportunity to try a new tempo pace during a race. My goal was 5:10/k splits and to enjoy the Christmas lights in a park here in the metro area. It was sort of a fun run, but I found out it's a lot more fun if you run fast.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/biggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Very Happy"><br><br>
I did a 2-mile warmup on the course, and I needed to warm up because it was cold, foggy and misty. Fashion report-Bellingham Bay Marathon long-sleeve technical tee, covered by a windbreaker, stocking cap, gloves, tights and black/white/yellow Brooks Adrenaline GTS-7's. I stretched a little, then worked my way up the front, chatting with a guy in his 60's up there. "I think you'll win an AG award," I said.<br><br>
The gun went off, and my first split was 5: xx (can't remember any of my splits they called out) after a couple of little hills so I knew I had it in the bag. All I had to do was hold that pace. That was actually pretty easy because I knew this was just a training run, and I felt like I had more left I could have poured on. My VDOT of 40 suggests that is true. I kept passing young people, and then I even passed the older guy. AHR was 174, max 185. I could see the lead runner the whole time!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/cool.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Cool"><br><br>
I finished strong in 26:41, clock time, which is about a 4-minute PR from a year ago. I was pretty sure I had just won hardware, and sure enough, I was right, 3rd in M45-49. It was my first time to do that (individually-I had a relay team that won hardware in Feb.), after running for years, so if you've ever had that experience, you know how I feel right now. And Fred, the older guy's name, did win an AG award (the only one in his AG). We finished together (he poured it on at the finish and almost puked) and chatted before the awards ceremony.
 

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Wow Opie! A 4 min PR in a 5K is great!!!! Your speed has improved so much over the past 6-9 mos or so! Sounds like you had a great race and even getting hardware! sweet!!!<br><br>
Congratulations!
 

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Must be the rowing. <i>Shhhhh, our sekrit</i>.<br><br>
No, no. I know. It's that swimsuit I charged on your credit card. Just <i>imagine</i> what your Carlsbad PR will be when I put that SmartCar on it next. (HUGH grin)<br><br>
Great race, Opie. Congratulations on the hardware. (Hey, I like passing Old Guys on the race course too!)
 

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WoooHooo!!!!!<br>
4 min PR ---that's a chunk<br>
Congrats on the Hardware.<br>
Sorry, I'm gonna miss Knoxville 08, only 2 hrs away<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Sad"><br>
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SS, if you're going to max out the card, you might as well get a Honda Insight. It's a hybrid so I think it gets better mileage than the SmartCar. Then you can take me on an environmentally responsible spin around BC after bringing it over on the ferry and picking me up at YVR in say, about May. And bring Sal with some of that fancy coffee she makes.
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/occasion14.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="occasion5"> Way to go Opie. 3rd in AG. I am so proud of you brother. You are going to rock in your next mary. Just listen to SS and you will be just fine.
 

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Good job! Way to Go! A four minute improvement from a year ago means you are making great strides speed wise. Congratulations!
 

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Congrats Opie on the 4 minute PR and AG award, next time why dont' ya try racing of these 5k's? They're actually quite fun and you're capable of knocking another minute off no sweat.<br><br><img alt="" src="http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee117/johnvoorheis/opie2.jpg" style="border:0px solid;">
 

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way to go!!! nice work <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/wink.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 

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Way to go, Opie! I knew you had more speed in those ol' legs. I bet you left your boombox at home! I agree... next 5k treat it like a RACE and not a training run and see what you get! Congrats. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/banana.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="banana">
 

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That's our boy! Awesome holiday gift with which to end a really great year of running. Let's celebrate with a trip to the Pita Pit! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/headbang.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="headbang">
 

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Sorry, not a great pic but the flash wouldn't work for some reason. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Sad"> Yes, Erika, I left the boombox in the car. Econo, so if I treat it like a race and shave a couple of minutes off, could I catch you? I don't think so but it would be fun to try. My local CR friend Paul already has a 5k cherry-picked for me next year, so maybe I can race that one, if the heat isn't a factor in September.
 

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4 minutes!!!!!!!!! I don't even get 4 minute PRs in a marathon.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Sad">bump your vdot up baby!!!
 

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Awesome!!! You are very fast!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile">
 

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Nice job on the PR! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/banana.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="banana">
 
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