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This morning was the 36th annual Pioneer Run, in Phoenix, OR. They had 5K and 9 mile races as part of this event. As with most Southern Oregon Sizzlers events (our running club in So. Oregon), the majority of the racing field are young highschool and 20 something runners – which makes for a very fast field. John and I headed down to the race (about 45 miles from home) early with plans of ample time to get bib numbers, run 2-ish miles to warm up and time it so we would return to the start about 5 minutes before the 5K started. The 9 milers started 30 minutes prior to the 5K. (our own local celebrity of sorts, Hal Koerner, winner of this past WS100, took 3rd in the 9 mile race).<br>
I did a little over a 2 mile warm-up with John and it was nice to be able to use his Garmin to see what different paces felt like. His plan was to warm up with me, but then run with Linda while she did the 5K, so I wasn’t going to have the benefit of his Garmin to keep me on track. My previous PR in the 5K distance is 26.28, which I set this past summer, and my goal here today was to go under 25 minutes. To do that I knew I needed to run right about the 8 min/mile pace throughout the entire race. This is faster than my normal pace, so wasn’t sure how well I could hold on to that pace for the entire race.<br>
The running conditions were great – overcast, 50 and the rain held off til after the race was over.<br>
The race started and I messed up getting my Timex in chrono mode, so the first few seconds were spent running and getting in the right mode. I felt like I might be going out too fast, because by about ¼ mile, I was already breathing WAY heavier than I should. Everyone starts out so fast though and it’s hard to remember the pace you want to keep and then actually keep it. I hit mile 1 at 7.46, so that explained the sucking wind feeling at the beginning. I hit the half way turn around at 12.27 and knew that I was on pace at this point to get my sub 25. I didn’t see mile 3 marker til after I passed it and didn’t even want to look at my watch at this point, but mile 2 overall felt slower than an 8 min/mile pace, so I knew I needed to pick it up a notch during mile 3 if I wanted to hit my goal. There are a few slight declines on mile 3 so this would work in my favor. Coming in on the final stretch gets a bit zig-zaggy with a couple 90 degree turns through the residential neighborhoods, but as soon as I came within view of the finish line at the highschool, I saw a *24* something on the clock and gave it everything I had at that point, which brought me the closest to puke threshold that I have yet experienced.<br>
Final time was 24.48 and I was real pleased with that. I felt like I gave this race my maximum effort and on the limited and sporadic amount of speedwork that I do, I don’t think I could have done any better. Unfortunately, my 24.48 still was not enough to give me an AG award, but I did place 4th (out of 9 I think?) in the 40-49 AG.<br>
Fashion report: blue running skirt, light gray short sleeve shirt, long sleeve blue running shirt, Boulder marathon running hat (compliments of John), Asics Evolutions.<br>
This was my last race of the year and I was pleased to finish it off strong. 2007 has been a good running year for me.
 

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I'll say 2007 has been a good year for you. Congrats on your new 5K PR, over 1-1/2 minutes faster than your old PR. Very impressive, almost as impressive as you were in your stunning blue skirt. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile"> I agree, this race, being the oldest in our area, really attracks the fast runners. What did the RD say, there were people that came all the way from Klamath & Mt. Shasta for this.<br><br>
So, what are you going to do for an encore now?? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/biggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Very Happy">
 

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Nice racing Tamster! Very fast! Puking is a good indicator of effort <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/biggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Very Happy"><br><br>
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Very nice race, Tammy! I'm so glad that you're final race of the year was a great one. That's quite an improvement in your 5K time...congratulations.
 

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Like I said earlier, nice race Tammy!! You are really getting fast<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile"> It was great to see you & John, and to be a participant this time.
 

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Excellant Run Tam! That's a heckof a lot to shave off a 5k PR.<br>
You have a great competetive spirit shown by your willingness to face the PT (puke threshold -you should trademark it<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile">)<br>
Thanks for the report<br>
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Nice race Tammy! Congrats on the huge PR. IMO, you ran that 5K just about perfectly. Very nice.
 

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Another great race for you! You're just getting better and better! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile">
 

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Puke threshold, eh? You racy girl you!<br><br>
I'm so impressed, Tammy, with how much you've improved. Placing is nice, but as you said, you gave it your all and you're pleased with the result. You should be!<br><br>
Only one quibble: Masters with dodgy eyesight really, really appreciate the odd paragraph. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/biggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Very Happy">
 

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You really have had a great year, Tammy! Congratulations.<br><br>
I look forward to running into you sooner or later, what are your plans for 2008?
 

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Tammy, way to smash that old PR! That's a huge improvement since the summer. A fine end to a great year of racing for you. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/cool.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Cool">
 

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Terrific race Tamster. Congrats on the big PR. You are really running well. A tip of the hat to your "coach" also. Keep up the good work.
 

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Great job, Tamster! So glad you met your goal of sub-25--what a great way to end your racing season! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/hello2.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hello1"><br><br>
sorry I missed this race report over the weekend--glad I saw it over at CR in the boomers group, which I sometimes visit even though I'm not of age yet <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/wink.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 

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*gasp* intruder alert! intruder alert!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/biggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Very Happy"><br><br>
Thanks John!
 

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Great race! Well done, teammate!
 
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