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Good luck to all racers today! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/hello2.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hello1"><br><br>
Bus leaves in 35 minutes and then I'm off to western WI. I'll post a RR somewhere this afternoon/evening...I'm not too nervous and I've done everything I could up to this point. No turning back now!
 

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Will I ever have a long run that is not a comedy of errors?<br><br>
My normal long run path is partially closed due to construction, so I cobbled together a route in town. It is not easy to create a 20 mile route in a small town! It was surpremely muggy, but cloudy and not too warm at 7 when I started. I was scheduled to do 3 miles at MP in the second half and w/o mile markers or a Garmin planned to swing by a gym downtown to do those on a treadmill. <TMI alert> It was a good thing I did as at that point I realized, er, my uterus had indeed fallen out. </TMI> Due to potential necessities I stayed on the treadmill for the duration of the run. MP felt so good that I decided to do 5-6 at that pace, but at mile 4 was having spasming cramps, and after that was happy to slog in the 2 remaining miles.<br><br>
Bonus about this gym: delicious smoothies for recovery fuel. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile"><br><br>
Then AFTER the run my car was stuck where I parked it -- along the state university's homecoming parade route. I waited 2 hours to be able to drive 2 miles home. But, it's been a while since I've seen a parade and this one was pretty good, so I didn't mind that much except for being stinky.<br><br>
Actually running wise today was great. 20 miles in 3:05, right in the middle of easy pace range, and my legs were only the slightest fatigued at the end. Miles 14-18 were marathon pace and felt easy.<br><br>
I have rambled more than enough but want to send out <b>State Qualifying Race Vibes to Alex!</b>
 

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I completed a nice, relaxing 16-miler in absolutely perfect weather conditions (50°F). A fellow running buddy and I turned it on the last few miles and finished very strong. Now it's time to cheer on the Missouri Tiger football team as they take on Texas Tech here in Columbia.
 

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Sorry SGH, but it seems like rest of us are enjoying cooler fall temps. Finally!<br><br>
64F with strong breeze (20mph+) at 11am.<br><br>
Part one of my run: My normal route from the house and out along Lake Erie on Edgewater to the park. The leave colors are finally starting to contrast. The breeze so strong that there was a small colony of surfers, yes surfers, in Lake Erie. Never seen so many here. Amazing. 6 miles easy and returned home.<br><br>
Part two: I hopped on the bike and rode to the HS track. About two years ago, I picked up a pair of racing flats that I've worn but 6-7 times. The last time I worn them was my last 5k in Nov '06. I put them on for 1 mile on the track followed by strides on the football field. I'm not sure how much time the flats actually save over 5k, but I'm going to wear them tomorrow.<br><br>
7 miles total in 58 min; cooled down with 6x strides.<br><br>
Nice running, all, and SGH no mention of the achy foot? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/icon_cheers.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="cheers"><br><br>
Alex is likely done by now. Hope he rocked it and placed top 5!
 

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Bleh...today was not my day. I could tell during warmup it just wasnt gonna be a great showing. First mile 5:45, right where I want to be in like 18th or so...still passing people yet at 2 miles i was 11:40. Already the death march had begun. The second loop was pure torture...my whole lower half just ached and felt like it had finished the race already. I got passed by 4 people in the last straight...I'm surprised I made it in without falling. I was just stuck in the lowest flippin gear...ran a 18:43 or something. I can't even believe how bad I did, but I guess it's just some motivation for track, but right now I don't even wanna think of running. My body still aches and I'm exhausted.<br><br>
I feel like I let so many people down too...my cousins were gonna come up from Chicago and watch me run at state next weekend, so who knows if they'll coem or not now, plsu my coach. He knows I did my best but I wish I could've given him the honor of coaching the first boy who made it to state. It feels sort of like a mild depression and lots of denial. I can't even believe my CC career is over in HS. I'm afraid of the future now...what if I don't improve like I think it will? College will just be a nightmare then...this has really made me doubt myself as a runner even though I know I did everything I can. I just need to mope around for a while and hopefully something will bring back some motivation and confidence to train my butt off this winter.<br><br>
Thanks you guys...
 

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Alex -<br><br>
It was a tough day. It doesn't change the fact that you are one damn good runner. And you are going to do great in track, and then on to college where you're gonna show them all how it's done. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile"><br><br>
Don't let one bad day get you down buddy. It's over. There's nothing you can do to change it. Focus on the things you can control, like getting ready for track.<br><br>
And, if it means anything to you...I'd love to be able to run a 5:45 mile...EVER.
 

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<b>Daily Run Report</b><br><br><b>Date:</b> 10/20/2007 <b>Time:</b> 18:27<br><b>Run Type:</b> Just A Run<br><b>Distance:</b> 6.8 miles<br><b>Total time:</b> 01:03:18.6 <b>Average Per Mile:</b> 00:08:34.5<br><b>Course:</b> OTHER COURSE<br><b>Max HR (for entire workout):</b> 165<br><b>Average HR:</b> 152<br><b>Shoes:</b> Mizuno Wave Rider 10 - 08/2007 <b>Date Entered Service:</b> 08/20/2007 <b>Ending Mileage:</b> 191.9<br><b>Weather:</b><br><b>Temperature:</b> 70 <b>Temperature Type:</b> Ambient Air <b>Time:</b> Start<br><b>Temperature:</b> 67 <b>Temperature Type:</b> Ambient Air <b>Time:</b> End<br><b>Dew Point:</b> 56 <b>Time:</b> Start<br><b>Dew Point:</b> 53 <b>Time:</b> End<br><b>Wind speed:</b> 1 <b>Max Gust:</b> 13 <b>Direction:</b> SW<br><br><a href="http://www.gmap-pedometer.com/?r=412260" target="_blank">HOME 7 MILE LOOP</a> WITH THE LAST HALF OF WILTON CUT OFF.<br><br>
I was going to do 7 miles tonight, and just realized I forgot to finish the Wilton Drive loop to get 7 miles! Oh well, it ends up being 6.8 miles.<br><br>
My HR was elevated the whole time.<br><br>
Feel pretty good.<br><b>Run Segments<br>
Name Time Distance AvgMile HR AvgHR Total Time</b><br>
Mile 1 00:08:24.1 1.0 00:08:24.1 160 158 00:08:24.1<br>
Mile 2 00:08:28.0 1.0 00:08:28.0 156 159 00:16:52.1<br>
Mile 3 00:08:30.5 1.0 00:08:30.5 164 160 00:25:22.6<br>
Mile 6.8 00:32:55.9 3.8 00:08:40.0 148 153 00:58:18.5<br>
Recov-1 00:05:00.1 0.0 00:00:00.0 99 111 01:03:18.6
 

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Lol thanks Kevin...I'm doing all right now. I just needed to pout for a while before I realized how much I have going for me. But let me proclaim this much...I'm gonna prepare myself to the best of my ability so that if this happens in track, my bad day will still be good.
 

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<b>Alex</b>, I'm sorry it wasn't your day today. It's OK to pout now because you are disappointed and understandably so, but please remember it was one race, one performance. Yes it was an important one, but try not to project into your years and decades of running potential. You are talented but beyond that so many factors go into having it be "your" day! So let yourself be bummed right now, and then put any frustration and desire for more into having the most successful track season you can!<br><br><b>roots</b> -- no foot issues whatsoever, but then again I was having contractions at one point <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/surprised.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Surprised">, so I probably wouldn't have noticed! <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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SGH - wow, what a run! But it's done, congrats! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile"> (Glad you still seem to have a bit of your uterus left!)<br><br>
Alex - you had a bad race (for you) today, but keep in mind that there are a lot of extremely talented runners who do not make it to States. College will be a whole new adventure. And when college is over, you can continue to run, improve, and race. You might be disappointed, but I really doubt that anyone is disappointed <i>in you</i>. You went out there and gave it your best shot for the day ... it's a heck of a lot more than a lot of other people do. Also keep in mind how many people never make it to the starting line. Chin up - you are a rock star! (And by the way, I didn't start running until I was 32 ... and I do ok!)<br><br>
Rest day today for me. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile">
 

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SGH, great long run. Hopefully waiting around for 2 hours didn't make your legs cramp up too much.<br><br>
Alex, keep it in perspective. We all can relate to races where we underperform or just have bad days. Maybe you're just tired from all of the hard training...<br><br>
Well, 9.5 miles for me today. Nothing exciting to report, except that I bought myself two new running tank tops and got to model one of them Ha Ha.
 

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no worries Alex. My last race in CC was a meltdown too. In hindsight, I didn't care a week later. I had such a good season and such fun with my team that it was okay. You've got a long life of running ahead so enjoy your two weeks off and do some fun stuff.
 

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{{alex}} You're still a hero to the PRT, and to those who've coached you-trained with you-cheered for you.<br>
Build on this fall's experience in order to have a great senior spring track season, and to work towards a BITCHIN' fall CC season as a college frosh.<br><br>
Just think of how much you'll learn, training with the big dogs?!?! ♥
 
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