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Just the facts, ma'am:<br>
Time: 27:42 (30:24 in 2007, 29:08 previous 8K PR)<br>
OA: 58/~30,000<br>
AG: 4/1751<br><br>
Long Version:<br><br>
The Shamrock Shuffle 8k is the official kick-off of the running season in Chicago. It attracts some of the top regional runners and a crowd of about 30k people. Today was kinda dreary, high 30's or low 40's with the wind coming off the lake.<br><br>
I was in corral A, right behind the invited runners and the top 100 runners. I positioned myself so at the gun I was about 15 to 20 feet behind the starting line. Noticed most of the folks around me were in shorts and singlets, I was decked out in my running tights and a long sleeve technical shirt, with a hat and light gloves. I figured no use risking a pulled muscle 3 weeks before my A race.<br><br>
I decided this race to try and go out strong and hold. First mile was a 5:34 and felt pretty in control, but still pushing it. During the 2nd mile, I passed a female, who I believe was in 1st place at the time, who was dressed in a top that wasn't anything more than a sports bra, a pair of shorts, and a headband that was around her neck. Sometime during the 2nd mile I felt comfortable, too comfortable. I looked at my Garmin and saw it had me at a 5:50 pace. So I picked it up again to the point where my breathing became ragged again.<br><br>
I missed the 2 mile mark, my watch had the 2 and 3 miles at 11:00 combined, so I averaged 5:30 miles on that segment. I continued to pass folks along the way, and the crowd started to thin at around mile 3. About 3.5 miles into the race, a big gap opened up to the next runner and I decided to go for it and try and bridge that gap. Somewhere around mile 4, one guy passed me and another one quickly followed, hanging on the shoulder of the first. I could hear the first guy breathing and working off me for the past quarter mile, but couldn't shake him and couldn't stay with him when he went by. Mile 4 was at 5:33.<br><br>
We turned onto Michigan Ave. and the guys who had passed me were caught the group ahead. I was slowly gaining. We turned the corner again and went over the railroad overpass, I made some good time on the group ahead climbing up. Around the corner and 400 feet to the finish. The group ahead was still 20 feet in front of me and with the finish line in sight, I couldn't close that gap. At the finish, some guy came out of no where and passed me in the last 20 feet. I could have maybe pushed into the puke zone to hold him off, but didn't feel like it for a C race. That's a bad habit to get into, something I'll need to remember for next time. Turns out that the 3rd place guy in my AG finished 3 sec in front of me, it wasn't the guy who nipped me at the end (he was 22), but the guy I had been reeling in for the last mile.<br><br>
58th out of 30,000 isn't too bad. I thought I might qualify for the top 100 starting corral next year, but it turns out you need to run 5:15 pace at 5K or up to qualify, so unless I run a 5k this year I'll be back in corral A next year. I was happy with the 1 min 26 sec improvement off my 8k PR and the 2 min 42 sec improvement on this race last year. I think it bodes well for Boston in 3 weeks.<br><br>
Started my cool-down and went to search for my DW in the pack of runners. Located her and jogged the final 1.2 miles with her. She PR'd by 6 min also, so a good day in the Platzke household.<br><br>
Mike
 

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u r a freakin nut! OMG almost precisely half of my prior time <img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif"><br><br>
Nice day out for a little run!<br><br>
3s from hardware? ouchie! Good thing it was a C race!
 

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Wow.....<br>
Great race.!
 

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Nice C race. <img alt="wink.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/wink.gif"> 3 sec from the HW, wow.<br><br>
You are so going to rock Boston. Taper well...and don't go too crazy. <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif"> I'll be commiserating with your DW for the next three weeks.
 

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Wow, amazing. I'd be over the moon with that time for a 5K <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif">. Congrats on being 29,942 off DFL. <img alt="wink.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/wink.gif">.
 

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Awesome tune-up race, Mike! 1:26 improvement for the short distance at your level is just unbelievable. I wish I could learn how to ran fast (relatively speaking of course) and stay in CONTROL. Very excited about your A race in 3 weeks.
 

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<img alt="notworthy.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/notworthy.gif"> We are not worthy<img alt="notworthy.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/notworthy.gif"> That's supa fast!!!! Yup, I'd say 58th out of 30,000 is not too shabby <img alt="wink.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/wink.gif">
 

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that's some serious fast to be busting out for a C race. congrats on the PR.
 

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I think someone's being a bit modest here. <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif"> Judging from recent race performance, you are going to KILL Boston.
 

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Great race Mike-congrats! I was back in the section with the mortal runners <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif"> It took me 30 minutes to get up to the starting line! I'm embarassed to even say what my finishing time was-although I didn't go into with high hopes since I haven't been focusing on my run (need help with swimming!!). Too bad the weather wasn't a little warmer-it made for a cold el ride home!
 

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My wife started in the back of the 2nd wave and we figured out that I was finished before she got to the starting line! <img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif"><br><br>
Absolutely no reason to be embarrassed if you gave it a good effort. I think my wife finished in the last 1000 runners - but she PR'd by over 7 min from her last 8k so we were thrilled about that.<br><br>
Mike
 
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