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As has been the case here in Missouri for the last month, we have had wonderful weather during the week only for things to get way too interesting on the weekend. After temperatures in the 50s and 60s this week, the temperature this morning when I left home to head to the race was 30?F.<br><br>
The St. Patrick's Day 5K is my town's largest running event, usually attracting anywhere from 500-600 participants. This year, rumors were floating around that close to 900 people had signed up to run, but I have no idea if that is true or not. I usually start at the front and have no idea what goes on behind me during the race.<br><br>
The course starts in downtown Columbia, Missouri and loops around the University of Missouri campus. The first two miles are fairly benign, but the third mile has a couple of ups and downs which make it somewhat cruel, with the last quarter of a mile all uphill.<br><br>
This is my third time running this event. Though it's not a fast course, I usually run this race pretty well, due to the number of runners involved. My personal best is 19:58 and I have been training to break that time by 20 seconds, though I still find that to be mind-boggling.<br><br>
I warmed up by running the entire course, then changed into my racing flats and got rid of my long running pants.<br><br>
The race began and of course the adrenaline is pumping and I kept looking at my Forerunner to make sure that I didn't start too fast. I mildly succeeded after catching myself after a quarter of a mile going way too fast at that point. Then I eased into the pace that I hoped to maintain the rest of the race.<br><br>
Mile 1: 6:17<br><br>
The second mile flew by but my muscles were starting to tire. This is the easiest mile terrain-wise on the course.<br><br>
Mile 2: 6:16<br><br>
The third mile starts with a gradual downhill only to go right back uphill which I always consider to be the "moment of truth" in this race. Once at the top of that hill right in the middle of the Mizzou campus, things are flat or slightly downhill until the very end.<br><br>
Mile 3: 6:14<br><br>
The last quarter of a mile is uphill and is not conducive for much of a kick at the finish, but I gave it all I had to finish in...<br><br>
5K Time: 19:35<br><br>
I am thrilled with my time and it appears that all of my training had me prepared to do well. Now I am just basking in the afterglow of a great race performance.<br><br>
I hope that your races go as well.
 

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You're in Columbia? Seriously?!?!<br><br>
Congrats on an awesome 5K and wonderful PR!!!! Now get thee to Flat Branch for a much deserved brew!<br><br>
PS Pay no attention to my avatar...it's more of a joke than anything...LOL!
 

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outstanding! <img alt="icon_cheers.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/icon_cheers.gif"> nice job with the PR and meeting your goal
 

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Absolutely outstanding, particularly your performance on that third mile. Congratulations! Enjoy your well-earned basking!
 

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Now we're talking! I think I'll order a Katy Trail Pale Ale to start and have an Oil Change Stout for dessert.
 

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Great job on the race Lofc. I hope to get to that pace someday. <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif">
 
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