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<div><span id="user_role_document" style="color:#000000;font-family:Arial;font-size:small;">I've been doing 2-3 races almost every month this year and haven't done any race reports for awhile. So I'm giving a brief report on the last three races, plus a bonus vacation report.</span></div>
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<div><span style="color:#000000;font-family:Arial;font-size:small;"><strong>Zooma Half Marathon - July 17</strong></span></div>
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<div><span style="color:#000000;font-family:Arial;font-size:small;">This was a new race in Colorado Springs. It was promoted as a women's race, but men could race as well. Instead of the usual race medal, they were giving out a silver necklace to finishers. When we first heard about this race a few months ago Vicki thought it would be fun, so we signed up. This was held on a big racing weekend in Colorado Springs, with three other races being held, including another women's only race.</span></div>
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<div><span style="color:#000000;font-family:Arial;font-size:small;">The course was very challenging. Starting/finishing at the 5 star Broadmoor Hotel, it went two 3 mile loops around the hotel, north golf course and neighborhood, then an out and back to Gold Camp Road. The whole course was in the foothills and was one hill after another - almost no flat areas. I estimate over the route there was 1500-2000 feet of climbing, and the same amount of descending.</span></div>
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<div><span style="color:#000000;font-family:Arial;font-size:small;">Vicki and I got good spots near the front and went out strongly. The first mile was slightly down and then it went sharply up. By 1.5 miles into the race, the front runners had separated from the pack. I was in the top ten at that point. By the second loop around mile 4.5 I was already passing the stragglers still on their first loop. I worked at maintaining a solid effort on the ups and hammering the downs. And so it went. I passed a couple people in the 7-10 mile area and was in 8th. As I was running the out and back section I could see the police motorcycles escorting the lead man and woman not too far ahead. After the turnaround I could see several people not too far behind and knew I had to maintain s strong effort in the final 3 miles to hold them off. I did. Finished in 1:44:55 - 1st AG, 8th overall out of 448.</span></div>
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<div><span style="color:#000000;font-family:Arial;font-size:small;">Coming into the finish area.</span></div>
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<div><span style="color:#000000;font-family:Arial;font-size:small;">Vicki help up OK, but had troubles with the heat, as it was in the low 80s. She took 3rd in AG.</span></div>
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<div><span style="color:#000000;font-family:Arial;font-size:small;">Looking good in the early miles.</span></div>
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<div><span style="color:#000000;font-family:Arial;font-size:small;">There was a nice after race party with food and wine.</span></div>
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<div><span style="color:#000000;font-family:Arial;font-size:small;"><strong>Grand Prix Classic 10K - July 24</strong></span></div>
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<div><span style="color:#000000;font-family:Arial;font-size:small;">This is a race we've done many times. It's also the 4th race in a 6 race series. This is a very fast course and draws the top runners from around the entire state. The course record is 29:30.</span></div>
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<div><span style="color:#000000;font-family:Arial;font-size:small;">It's a point to point course, and generally trends downhill, with a few minor ups. It starts on a road - Corporate Center Drive for the first mile, then uses the Pikes Peak Greenway trail for the remainder and finishes in Monument Valley Park.</span></div>
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<div><span style="color:#000000;font-family:Arial;font-size:small;">We again started near the front and got off to a good start. I had been talking with my friend Carl before the race and he was nursing a sore leg. Carl is 62, runs well, and likes to pace off of me. He told me he thought he would only be able to run for about a half mile. I hit the first mile in 6:40 and he was right behind me. Second mile was 6:50 and he was still there, I was starting to fade and mile 3 was 7:05 - he was still there! I was thinking how could this old injured guy be pushing me, but then he was done and slowed. I kept pushing hard, going for a PR and maybe a 10K with a pace of less than 7:00. There is a short steep hill at the 5.5 mark that always slows me and it did this time too. After that hill I couldn't seem to get back to top speed for the finish, and came across in 43:33. It was a new PR by 41 seconds, but only a 7:01 pace. Maybe next year!</span></div>
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<div><span style="color:#000000;font-family:Arial;font-size:small;">Vicki was have a solid race too. All the training for the half marathon had her running very strong. She had been in second place in AG going into the race and just ahead of the woman who has beat her the past few years. The first place woman didn't race and is out, and Vicki had a new PR of 51:26, and beat the woman behind her by about 5 minutes to take a solid hold on first place.</span></div>
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<div><span style="color:#000000;font-family:Arial;font-size:small;">Vicki (in orange) running hard in the middle section of the course.</span></div>
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<div><span style="color:#000000;font-family:Arial;font-size:small;">However, even with the solid PRs by both of us, with all the state's fast runners in this race neither of us placed in AG.</span></div>
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<div><span style="color:#000000;font-family:Arial;font-size:small;"><strong>Off to OBX!</strong></span></div>
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<div><span style="color:#000000;font-family:Arial;font-size:small;">Immediately after the race we were speeding off to Denver International Airport to start our vacation to the Outer Banks of North Carolina - OBX. I had changed my clothes while waiting for Vicki to finish and she changed as I drove. Got to Denver, parked, bags checked and through security to the gate with about 20 minutes to spare.</span></div>
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<div><span style="color:#000000;font-family:Arial;font-size:small;">After a short layover in Cleveland, we were off to Norfolk, then had a rented car for the 70 mile drive to OBX. Norfolk was having record temps and was 105 when we arrived. Good thing the air worked well in the car!</span></div>
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<div><span style="color:#000000;font-family:Arial;font-size:small;">Got there in the dark, but found our condo easily. Not knowing where restaurants were located, we headed to a nearby grocery for a few supplies and some food. Our plan was to eat seafood every day. We got some sushi and crabcakes from the store to start with.</span></div>
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<div><span style="color:#000000;font-family:Arial;font-size:small;">Our condo was located in the Kitty Hawk area. The first day we drove up to the Corolla area to see the lighthouse there - and anything else along the way. Holy smokes was it hot too - plus the humidity! That first day the heat index hit 112. We found a couple short trails to hike around in the Corolla area, then made our way back to Kitty Hawk and went to the Wright Brothers Memorial. Those guys were amazing!</span></div>
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<div><span style="color:#000000;font-family:Arial;font-size:small;">The second day we did a short run from our condo, over to the beach area and back. Not quite 4 miles. Even in the early morning the heat/humidity were brutal and we were both dripping wet by the time we got back. Drove around more, explored the Jockey's Ridge State Park sand dunes, then went as far as the Bodie Island lighthouse. It is currently being renovated so we didn't get to see the top.</span></div>
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<div><span style="color:#000000;font-family:Arial;font-size:small;">Day three we were off to visit Ocracoke Island. To get there from Kitty Hawk was about a 70 mile drive to Hatteras, then a ferry ride over to Ocracoke. Vicki had never been on a ferry, so it was a nice experience. We had planned our trip well enough that we didn't have to wait long for the ferry - as it can sometimes be a 2+ hour wait. The drive to Hatteras goes through several small towns along the way and in every town there were lots of people running on a trail along the highway. There were also numerous people on road bikes all along this area. It was amaing to see so many people out being active! In Ocracoke we saw the lighthouse, picked up a box lunch and went to what has been rated the #1 beach in America. On our return, we stopped to see the Hatteras Lighthouse, which has been called America's Lighthouse.</span></div>
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<div><span style="color:#000000;font-family:Arial;font-size:small;">The next day we started with a 6 mile run on a shaded path we found in Kitty Hawk then went to Roanoke Island and explored the Elizabethan Gardens, plus the village of Manteo. Later we saw an outdoor stage production called The Lost Colony and that was really nice.</span></div>
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<div><span style="color:#000000;font-family:Arial;font-size:small;">Next day we mostly just hung out at the beach, but in the evening we went to a free outdoor concert in the town of Duck. Some older guys playing mostly 70-80s rock, and they were really good!</span></div>
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<div><span style="color:#000000;font-family:Arial;font-size:small;">On Friday, I ran from Kitty Hawk to Duck and back on a nicely paved trail - just over 12 miles total. The miles near Duck were filled with other runners and at least 90% were women. The others were old guys like me, and I only saw one younger guy. There were also lots of people riding beach cruiser bikes. I don't normally carry water when I run and it was a nice surprise to find a water fountain next to the trail in Duck. Fortunately I went early enough that the temp was only in the 70s, but the humidity was brutal. After I got back, we went on a 4 mile hike on some very secluded trails in Nags Head Woods. Later we went back to Duck and did some shopping and had dinner.</span></div>
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<div><span style="color:#000000;font-family:Arial;font-size:small;">Saturday was going home day. We had some time to kill so on our way back to the Norfolk airport, we drove through the Virginia Beach area. What a difference from OBX! Huge hotels lined the beach and traffic and crowds everywhere. Not our kind of fun.</span></div>
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<div><span style="color:#000000;font-family:Arial;font-size:small;">It was a nice vacation to a place we had never been. We did have seafood for supper every day too!</span></div>
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<div><span style="color:#000000;font-family:Arial;font-size:small;"><strong>The Top Ten 10 Mile Race - August 7</strong></span></div>
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<div><span style="color:#000000;font-family:Arial;font-size:small;">This was a new race and the 5th race of the series. Point to point course starting in one football stadium and finishing in another stadium. Most of the race was on the Templeton Gap trail and the Pikes Peak Greenway trail, with several miles in the same area as the previous 10K. Two other local races kept the field a bit smaller.</span></div>
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<div><span style="color:#000000;font-family:Arial;font-size:small;">Vicki and I once again started near the front. After the first couple miles the pack had separated to the point where I only passed a couple people and a couple passed me in the next 8 miles. I had a guy running just behind me for about 6 miles until he went by at about 8.5 miles.</span></div>
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<div><span style="color:#000000;font-family:Arial;font-size:small;">I had been preparing to hit the track at the finish hard for the finish, but as we reached the track I found out it was two loops instead of one and I had to back off slightly. Still I had to keep pushing to keep from being overtaken and I could feel a guy coming up as I rounded the final turn. I gave it all I had and held him off. It turned out to be a guy in my AG who I had never beaten. That felt good!</span></div>
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<div><span style="color:#000000;font-family:Arial;font-size:small;">I finished in 1:12:15 - only 7 seconds slower than my PR.</span></div>
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<div><span style="color:#000000;font-family:Arial;font-size:small;">Unfortunately as I was walking on the field after finishing I saw Vicki walking toward me. I knew that couldn't be good. Turns out she pulled a muscle in her calf around mile 4, couldn't continue, and had gotten a ride to the finish. She had been running well and was solidly ahead of the second place woman in the series she was trying to beat. Unfortunately the DNF takes her out of the series. It doesn't seem to be a serious injury though and she is feeling much better already. A couple weeks off and hopefully she'll be fine.</span></div>
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<div><span style="color:#000000;font-family:Arial;font-size:small;">The next race for me is the Pikes Peak Ascent on August 21. 13.32 miles of constant uphill, gaining over 7800 feet in elevation. The average grade is about 12%, with many areas exceeding 15%. The final mile at the top is so rocky and vertical that running at all is just about impossible. I have absolutely no idea what kind of time it will take to finish, although I'm hoping for somewhere between 3:15-3:45. I'm just hoping for good weather as a couple years ago it snowed on the top and the last miles were a sufferfest, according to the reports I've seen.</span></div>
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<div><span style="color:#000000;font-family:Arial;font-size:small;">I'll try and write a report after that race.</span></div>
 

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<p>Thanks for the update, Don -</p>
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<p>Congrats on your 10K PR (course PR or distance PR? - either way, solid run). I have to say, all that running makes the two of you look mighty lean!</p>
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<p>The Pikes Peak run sounds brutal ... but probably not as bad for you as you do most of your training in the hills.</p>
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<p>Nice vacation report as well. Never been either - but the thought of hanging out on beaches with wild ponies is pretty tempting.</p>
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<p>Super job Don!  You're a racing machine! </p>
<p>Very cool vacation.  I've got to get out to NC.  My sister lives in Charlotte. </p>
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<p>Make sure you write a RR for Pike's Peak!!!  <img alt="" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/wink.gif" style="width:16px;height:16px;" title=""></p>
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>regiolanthe</strong> <a href="/forum/thread/69396/races-report-vacation-report#post_1931958"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border-right:0px solid;border-top:0px solid;border-left:0px solid;border-bottom:0px solid;"></a><br><p> </p>
<p>Congrats on your 10K PR (course PR or distance PR? - either way, solid run). I have to say, all that running makes the two of you look mighty lean!</p>
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<p>The Pikes Peak run sounds brutal ... but probably not as bad for you as you do most of your training in the hills.</p>
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<p>Thanks. It was both a distance PR and course PR. It was almost 2 minutes faster than I've ever done on this course, but it's one of the few times I've actually been fully trained when I've done it.</p>
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<p>Pikes Peak is not at all like running hills. It's relentlessly uphill the entire way and in many places it's almost impossible to run. Even power hiking can be difficult. The first 4-5 miles on the Peak are seriously uphill and mostly singletrack. I imagine I'll be stuck in a long line and just moving at the pace of the group around me.<br><br><br><br>
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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>mrscoby78</strong> <a href="/forum/thread/69396/races-report-vacation-report#post_1931960"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border-right:0px solid;border-top:0px solid;border-left:0px solid;border-bottom:0px solid;"></a><br><br><p>I'm amazed that you can run that well, racing that often.</p>
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<p>Nice pics too!</p>
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Thanks. I run lots of miles so racing all the time isn't that difficult. I just topped 1700 miles for the year and may get close to 3000 by the end of the year.<br><br><br>
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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>MBannon</strong> <a href="/forum/thread/69396/races-report-vacation-report#post_1931978"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border-right:0px solid;border-top:0px solid;border-left:0px solid;border-bottom:0px solid;"></a><br><br><p>Great racing, Don!  Thanks for the updates and the photos!</p>
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Thanks.<br><br><br>
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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Tri-Tammy</strong> <a href="/forum/thread/69396/races-report-vacation-report#post_1931983"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border-right:0px solid;border-top:0px solid;border-left:0px solid;border-bottom:0px solid;"></a><br><br><p>Super job Don!  You're a racing machine! </p>
<p>Very cool vacation.  I've got to get out to NC.  My sister lives in Charlotte. </p>
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<p>Make sure you write a RR for Pike's Peak!!!  <img alt="" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/wink.gif" style="width:16px;height:16px;" title=""></p>
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Thanks.</p>
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<p>OBX was fun. You would enjoy it.<br>
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