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I've had a few beers and time to reflect on the events of the morning, so I guess it's time for a race report.<br>
First a quick recap, this is my second race ever, the first was a Half, with a time of 2 hours and twenty minutes. I'm a big dude, weighing in as 278lbs. One of my goals is to run a Half in under two hours, the 10K is a stepping stone to that goal. The goal for today was to finish in under an hour, which meant running splits of about 9:40, just a little faster than I've been able to do on the track.<br><br>
Two things I didn't take into consideration, the masses of people in the first two miles and the 'hills,' which weren't bad at all, just enough though to let you know you were there. It has been said pain lets you know you're still alive, well, by the time I would get done today, I was full of life.<br><br>
I couldn't sleep last night, as it goes with most nights when I have to get up early the next day, so I got up at 5 a.m. The race started at 8 a.m., so I had plenty of time to get down there and get ready. I even got to watch the start of the kids 1k, I got a great laugh as the announcer whipped the kids into such a freny, that when the starting horn sounded, they were all screaming as they came barreling out of the gate.<br><br>
Finally, the 5k/10k, runners started to line up, I made my way towards the back and ran into arc918. He was running the 5k with his daughter (which was her first and did very well!!) and he brought me a watch with which I could track my split times, I got a crash course in splits and watch working and away we went. It took anywhere from 30 to 40 seconds to get from the back of the line, to the starting line, my run wasn't starting well as I was now already behind in precious seconds before I even offically got started.<br><br>
The first two miles, everyone was herded together, no passing, a slow pace, this being my second race, I was pretty frusterated by it; actually I was pissed. I cursed to myself, this is fvcking crazy, this sucks, this is stupid, this is madness...'This is Sparta!!!!!" (You have to see the 300 to get this.) I totally laughed at myself for being a dork and immediately I was in a better mood. I looked at the watch, 20:55, oh crap, now, I'm way behind. Instant panic and a frenzied pace insued. Time to kick ass, push yourself, screw it...go hard and go fast. I was passing all sorts of fools and feeling good, too bad my luck wouldn't hold out. Mile 3's time, 8:53, oops. I don't think I've ever broken a nine minute mile in my life, just to give you a taste of how fast I was going, relative to my normal speed.<br><br>
Mile 4, back to a more normal pace and a water station, YES!!!! I stopped, grabbed two waters, downed them both between heaving breaths, making sure not lose once drop of that sweet H-2-0 and just like that, I was on my way again. Onto the riverbed, which funneled a bunch of people onto a narrow sidewalk, no passing again this time, or so I thought. I finally found an advantage to being a big runner, people are generally afraid of you, especially when you're right behind them, feet stopping into the ground and gail force wind being inhaled right behind their ears. I actually got quite a few people to move. Ha! Mile 4 was 9:40, right where it should be.<br><br>
Hit mile 5 and came out of the riverbed, I was toast, the pace was too much and I was just spent. For the next couple of minutes I would have a mental battle with myself, I slogged to a slow jog, as I conceded defeat, that I wouldn't make my hour but I would make like an hour and three minutes and I could live with that. It was a great effort and no one would fault me for just cruising the rest of the way in...I did all but pat myslef on my back, idiot. As my hips felt like they would burst from my sides at any minute, my legs burned, my eyes stung with sweat, only one thought crossed my mind. I've been here before. This is exactly how I felt at the end of the Half I ran when I wanted to give up. I didn't give up then and I sure as hell wasn't going to give up now. I steeled my mind and willed my way faster. After this, everything was a blur, I came upon the finish line, I saw arc918 cheering me on and I saw the finish clock, which read 1:00.34 as I crossed. Then I saw the pavement as I made my way to the sidewalk as I was sure I was going to puke. Thankfully, it didn't happen but I didn't get back up for quite awhile.<br><br>
As for making my goal of finishing in an hour, I don't know if I did it or not. I forgot to stop my watch and I'm not really sure exactly how long it took to get from the back of the line to the offical starting line. So either way, it was a few seconds, so maybe I did it and maybe not.<br><br>
What I do know, is that those few minutes, which seemed like a lifetime, of negative thoughts, beat me today. If I would have stayed the course, believed in myself and not succumbed to doubt, I would have made my hour goal, no questions asked. Negative thinking cost me a lot today, I've trained hard for that goal and it really sucks that I defeated myself.<br><br>
You know what though, as disappointed as I am in myself, it's alright, I learned a big lesson today.<br><br>
And I will not make the same mistake twice!!!<br><br>
And I'm definetely alive, my legs are still throbbing.
 

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You did great antagonist! And you do have a nice stride. <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif"> I looked for you after you finished but I couldn't find you in that crowd. I had no idea there would be thousands of people there.<br>
I think you could have come in under an hour easy, but you are right, the mental part of running is huge!<br><br>
Congratulations on your 10K PR!
 

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I love what you wrote about the screaming kids and how your size worked to your advantage.<br><br>
I could see it all in my head, man!
 

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Not quitting is more important than a time goal. Good job! <img alt="icon_cheers.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/icon_cheers.gif">
 

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Hey, you did an awesome job today antag!<br><br>
As I've told you before, you are my hero! <img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif">
 

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Nice job, Anty!! <img alt="icon_cheers.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/icon_cheers.gif"> You are awesome.
 

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you did great, Antag. as you can see, the first few races are as much about learning as they are about running. you learn a lot about your stride, your strength, and yourself<br><br>
it's so easy to get caught up in other peoples' paces in a big race like that. it sounds like it took you a little while, but you found your pace. that watch you used can be a great tool to stay on track for the next race and not go out too fast.
 

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Great job anty! <img alt="icon_cheers.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/icon_cheers.gif"><br><br>
You have a lot of heart and a lot of determination. Keep up the great work!!
 

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Good job, regardless of whether you achieved your goal or not. The only thing important about the last race is that you apply the lessons you learned, in the next race.
 

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First of all, that was really a great race report!<br><br>
I felt like I was there with you.<br><br>
And I think that you did a great job.<br><br>
Don't let the 34 seconds keep you from realizing just how many obstacles you overcame in that race.<br><br><br>
Again, great job!
 

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1:00:34 is pretty good, you have to admit <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif">... You've come a long way. Rock on, Antag.
 

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Advice he doesn't listen to, eh? Goes out too fast even with the crowd, does he?<br><br>
Young padowan pays with dry heaves he does. Impressive it is, still. Much strength is in this young one. Discipline. Discipline he must have.<br><br>
Watch a good thing is. Get one he must. Found his limit he has. Now he will train smarter.<br><br>
One race a career makes not. One race is to learn from. First race a PR is.<br><br>
Good job it is.
 

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Anty, don't be disappointed in yourself, you done good. At least you haven't had the moment I had in one race where I felt like I was dying, well not dying but sweating alot, and reminded myself that I paid money to be in that situation, went to a city an hour from home just to do it, and that it was suppose to be fun. I was having fun but yes think about it, we pay money to do this, where for many people you couldn't pay them to run. <img alt="icon_smurfin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/icon_smurfin.gif">
 

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Great job 'tag and a nice report.<br><br>
Grizz - <img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif"> Rash is he. Much to learn he has.
 

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I finally found your race report!<br>
First off, way to go on your race.<br><br>
Experience is what you are gaining. Some races are just terrible with the crowds and it can take forever to shuffle to the start line, and sometimes thru the first mile or so. Negative inner dialogue is nasty. It happens. And, as you continue on your journey of running, you will learn how to better handle it. It is probably the most difficult aspect to running and races. Sometimes if you get in a funk, it is impossible to get out and everything goes down the toilet from there. It happens.<br><br>
But remember, you did it, you ran a super fast sub-9 min mile; you have a lot to be proud of <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif">
 

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Tag - you totally rocked it out there - we started a good thirty seconds off the gun, so I would say you were right there<br><br>
also it was slow going through all the crowds at the start - costing you both time and energy<br><br>
next race, shoot for 9:30 splits
 
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