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This was the second year in a row for me running this race. This is one of the first races of the spring-like season here in Grand Rapids - approx 32F at the start and snow still on the ground in places isn't spring. Last year I had some issues with the race:<br><br>
1) I was still recovering from a leg injury and hadn't been running very well or consistently.<br><br>
2) There were so many people in this race and due to the course bottlenecking thanks to a couple of sharp turns in the first half mile it took almost the first mile to get in a rhythm. Plus this was the race I passed walkers, not being taking a walk break, after the first mile.<br><br>
This year they split the race into two separate races, a men's and a women's race. This completely eradicated concern #2 from above.<br><br>
My goal for the day was to use the race as a workout in my training for my first marathon. This week's quality workout was supposed to be 4x1200m at I pace (about 8:20/mile) so that was the pace I was hoping to maintain.<br><br><b>Mile 1:</b> 8:09 felt pretty good, small slight hill in this mile plus the course turned sharply twice. Managed to make it without hitting any ice.<br><br><b>Mile 2:</b> 8:22 this mile is pretty much a steady climb. Not a huge hill, but just steady. Felt pretty good at this point. I could tell I was working, but I was doing okay.<br><br><b>Mile 3:</b> 8:01 downhill for the most part so I tried to let the hill carry me a bit. I got a shout of encouragement from the cross country coach at the college with about a half mile to go.<br><br><b>Finish:</b> 25:23 which is a 25 second PR.<br><br>
All in all I felt good at the end. Yeah, I could have pushed it a bit more, but for that day and what I was trying to accomplish (the workout) I feel it was a pretty damn good day. The PR is just a bonus.<br><br>
Forgot to mention - Tonya and I met another person from KR at the race. Jeans541. Nice, as expected.
 

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Kevin -<br><br>
thank you. Nice work! Even if I'm a little jealous of your warmer weather. <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif"><br><br>
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Congrats on the PR and the great workout <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif">
 

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Hollleeee cats, man!!<br><br>
When did you get so fast? Have you been running or something? <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif"> Methinks I'm in trouble in Madison.<br><br>
Congrats!!!
 

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Woot!! <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif"> You are really making some nice gains lately. Keep up the good work buddy.
 

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Great job KP! Dr Daniels seems to be working out for ya nicely. Congrats on the PR!
 

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yeah, still doing well on the plan, however with all the house stuff going on and now that baseball season is upon me I'm starting to slip a bit off the plan. Need to refocus.
 

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That's a pretty neat idea to split the race in two - that way a husband and wife could cheer each other on. Good job on the race - it's nice when you're training through a race that you run a good time and feel like you could go even faster.
 
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