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The Birmingham edition of the Race for the Cure was held yesterday in downtown Birmingham. The event is located in Linn Park, next to Boutwell Auditorium, City Hall, and the Courthouse.<br><br>
More than 10,000 people turned out for the run walk and the weather was perfect.<br><br>
My training group is roughly two weeks away from our goal race, the Marine Corps Marathon, but some of us wanted to run the 5K on the Birmingham Track Club team. So, we set up a training run to leave from Linn Park @ 5:30am, so we'd have plenty of time to get back before the race.<br><br>
The alarm went off @ 4:25 and I had a tough time getting out of bed. Since DW and kids were not at home I was able to snooze a bit more, but was then rushed to get ready and get downtown for the training run/race.<br><br>
About 15 or so people from my training group met up on the southside of the park to leave on the training run. Our leader reviewed the course and told us about the water/gatorade stops out on our training course.<br><br>
At 5:35 we were off on a 12 mile jaunt. I wanted to take it easy, but one of my regular training partners and two women that I didn't know took off like they were shot out of a cannon. I tried to hold back run my own pace but keep them in sight.<br><br>
I eneded up catching them about 3 miles in and we would run as a group for the remainder of the route.<br><br>
All in all, we ended up with 12 miles in 1:37:53 - 8:09 pace.<br><br>
Back at the park, we had about an hour to kill until race time. We hung out at the track club tent, drank a half cup of coffee, and half a bagel. Got my chip on my shoe and possed for pictures.<br><br>
Those of us in the lead training group had decided to run the race together too. At first we said that we wanted to avg 7:45 m/m. Then we thought we could go faster. So, we said, lets do 7:30, and then see what we have left at the end.<br><br>
We lined up right near the front, behind the elites but hopefully in front of all of the casual racers and walkers. Last year, I set my 5K PR here but started way in the back, and the first 1.5 miles were horrible with traffic.<br><br>
The race starts and we're off. The 4 of us did stay together. We ended up mile 1 in 7:26...mile 2 7:11. Then I told them it was every person for themselves and took off. Natalie and her friend came with me, and then passed me. Amy caught up to me and we pushed each other. Then with less than .5 mile to go, I tried to catch Natalie. They ended up 20 yards ahead of me at the finish. Mile 3 was 6:55. My watch time: 22:33. That's a PR by about a minute over last year!<br><br>
My garmin showed the course a little long, but what the hey. They haven't posted the chip times anywere yet. All in all, it was fun. This was my first big race as an official member of the track club. It was fun to know so many people in the race from various training runs that I have participated in.<br><br>
If you're not a member of your local track club, I would recommend it.
 

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Really amazing effort.<br><br>
To PR in a 5K after a 12 mile run. Great stuff.<br><br>
You're going to blow the MCM away.
 

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Amazing job, <b>Tim</b>! A 5K PR after a 12M training run?!?! Inconceivable!<br><br>
I can't wait to see how you rock Marine Corps.
 

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count me impressed <b>Tim</b> - like <b>Larry</b> and <b>Kris</b> said, a 5k PR <i>after</i> a 12 mile run? holy sh!t I'm impressed.
 

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Nice job Tim. That's the way to run a 5k.
 

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Thanks all. Results are posted. Official chip time 22:32, so one second faster than my watch. 7:16 pace. 11th in AG. 84 Overall.
 

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I can run a 12 mile training run (much slower than you can).<br><br>
I can run a 5K PR race (much slower than you can).<br><br>
I cannot imagine trying to do both on the same weekend, much less within an hour of each other.<br><br>
Good job!!
 

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Wow, to PR in a 5K after that long run...and negative split to boot? That's one awesome running day, <b>Tim</b> - congrats!
 

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<b>Tim: Have you been popping Superman pills?!</b><br><br>
that's a great <b>PR!</b> even more amazing for the run you put in just before.
 

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A minute PR where quite frankly it appears you held back for half the race????? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/notworthy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="notworthy"> Don't be so nice, next race at the start say "see ya at the finish". <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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holy hell, a 8:09 paced 12 miler to warm up and still a 1 minute PR inthe 5K... the marathon is so gonna be your bitch....
 

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That's pretty amazing. I mean, when I did my long run on Saturday, I ran the last 3.7 miles at a faster pace than the first 7.8 miles and it was a bit tough, I couldn't even imagine having done that at up near 5K pace.<br><br>
But it's like lots of this running stuff. Build the legs up and eventually you're doing stuff like you did, running 5K PRs after having run 12 miles earlier.
 

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Great job-and congrats on the PR<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile">
 
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