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First thing I'd like to say is unfortunately I didn't get to meet ronbo and alaska mike. I hung around over an hour trying to find someone with a red beard, and ran back through the course. Alaska Mike was probably already home when I got finished <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif">... But we should meet up soon and do a bike or something, we have some of the same races coming up.<br><br>
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1:28:57 actual time, 1:29:05 gun time. Busted my PR on this course from two years ago.... 1:43! Simply it was best overall race ever.<br><br>
Long version:<br>
So let me set the stage here. March Madness HM in Cary, IL is dubbed the toughest race in Northern, IL. The reason is simply because its hilly... very hilly. I've done this race twice before, the last time was two years ago where I went 1:43 something. I thought that was a great race actually as I started out at 8min/miles and stayed consistent throughout.<br><br>
Today is a different story. Two years later, I've become a triathlete, and have been training pretty hard for Ironman. Last year I thought I was slowing down a bit on the run. Despite being fit last year, my best HM time was 1:33 at Madison. Madison is not a flat course, but its nothing like the one in Cary, IL. I thought with my current fitness level however and some recent track results, I may... may possibly go under 1:33, probably between 1:31 - 1:33. I thought my best chances of breaking 1:30 this year would be again at Madison in late May.<br><br>
Splits:<br>
1 - 7:09<br>
2 - 6:56<br>
3 - 6:45<br>
4 - 6:53<br>
5 - 6:30<br>
6 - 7:02<br>
7 - 6:54<br>
8 - 6:49<br>
9 - 6:17<br>
10 - 6:52<br>
11 - 6:55<br>
12 - 6:49<br>
13 - 6:22<br>
13.1 - 1:28:57 - 6:47min/mile!<br><br>
Miles 1-3. The goal was to take it easy of course. And generally the first 3 miles where rolling and not that bad. After mile 1, I felt pretty good and just went from there. When I saw that mile 2 was under 7, I thought maybe I have a chance to get around 1:30. My original plan was to keep the pace around 7min miles. After mile 3, I really started thinking about 1:30. However I kept telling myself to relax, relax, forget about the time, just run solid.<br><br>
Miles 4-6. Mile 4 was tough. One of the first biggest climbs. What comes up must come down, so I can only guess that the 6:30 in mile 5 was mostly a descent, but mile 6 was another climb. It was definitely getting tougher and I kept thinking to myself all the hard training I've done on the computrainer on the treadmill. I thought about this forum actually and all the motivation I get from it! This was nothing I was ready to take some more pain!<br><br>
Miles 7-9. Miles 7 and 8 were again tough, but I was holding pace. I knew I needed to keep it around 6:52 or so to break 1:30. At mile 9 I went 6:17!!! I was like WTF is going on. 9 miles down... I was going to do it.. I knew it. I saw a few people stop with cramps or they just seemed to be walking. I just kept thinking to myself, anything can happen, just stay relaxed, under control.<br><br>
Miles 10-12. The next 3 miles, man, I forget which mile, but there was a real long climb on one of these, and I kept looking up the road and after the climb it seemed like there was another climb ahead, but we turned left instead of straight... whewww... After mile 12 a spectator said something to me like "you are going to break 1:30". At that point I threw caution to the wind and just hammered it.<br><br>
Miles 13 - 13.1. I went 6:22 in the last mile, and it was not a descent. More ascent than anything but not like some of the climbs I just had. When it was over I was happy... of course!.. but exhausted. I gave it all I had and ran a smart race... I didn't burn up and started off a little slower and tried to build throughout.<br><br>
This was a great race result going into IMAZ, my confidence is now sky high and I feel confident I'll have a strong race. Just need to keep all the parts working. I'm pretty convinced that my long hard hours on the computrainer has made me a much better runner. Actually over the last several years I thought I was just getting slower because I was getting older. That's a joke now.. I realize that! In fact I should be able to get faster and faster over the next several years!<br><br>
I can't wait to do this race next year, I plan on getting better and better, and maybe get up there in my age group. This race attracts the best runners in the Chicagoland area, those that need a tune-up race just before Boston. It sells out within a few days of opening. Very difficult to place high in the AG, but next year I'm going to wreck some havoc!!!!!!!!
 

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Congrats on a great race. You are going to tear up the IM course in AZ. Then later in Madison.<br><br>
I have run very few non-trail races with any kind of hills. That has got to change up race strategy.<br><br>
Yep, that biking will help the running.
 

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What a solid improvement over the last HM. And a great prelude to IM AZ! Congratulations on your great race prior to your BIG ONE!
 

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Great job MAN you are sir-speedy! You gotta go slower if yer gonna me me! <img alt="wink.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/wink.gif"><br><br>
But I finished ~65min after you did and didn't make it to the gym until maybe 85min (see RR later) so we crossed paths.<br><br>
Next year though!
 

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Nice race and PR! You certainly improved and have some serious speed. All that hard work is paying off. That has to make you feel great!
 

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Incredibly strong race! Nice how all this ADD tri training pays off in the running arena. Congrats on your PR!
 

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Nice RR!<br><br>
Are you doing the Madison Half? A group of us from the 30s will be there if you're interested in a KR meetup.
 

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Great splits, especially at the end, and way to notch a PR. Take the well-earned confidence of this race -- one that sounds to be on the challenging side -- and ride that sucker straight to IMAZ. I'm really looking forward the track you, because you have some very good things in store. Awesome training in the tank, even better attitude, building confidence... you will stomp!
 

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Fantastic freakin job Scott! A 14 minute PR is huge! Your 7 min miles were in the first half and you seemed to get stronger as the race went on - exactly what you want to do. And with IM training, you probably haven't had the chance to put in much run-specific speed training. I'm very interested to see what you could do if you were concentrating on the just the run.<br><br>
Sorry I missed you. I was looking out for both you and Ron. Ron's a pretty easy guy to spot in a crowd of runners, your description of a short guy in a white hat was a bit more challenging. Regardless, I didn't see either of you. I'm definitely interested in hooking up with you and/or Ron for training rides this summer. Probably best after Boston and IMAZ.<br><br>
Again, just a great job today!<br><br>
Mike
 

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Thanks for the comments everyone!<br><br>
Nettie: Yes I'm doing the Madison Half again this year. Let me know about the hookup.<br><br>
Mike/Ron, we'll hook up soon!
 

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Wow, you are seriously fast. Those are amazing splits on any course, hills or no hills. Congrats on the PR. I am looking forward to that IMAZ RR.
 

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wow! well done.<br><br>
[I love when the RRs start going on the board every weekend! Official conf that it's no longer winter]
 

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very speedy! congrats on the PR.
 
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