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St Patty's Day 10K<br>
The Dalles, Oregon<br>
Finish Time: 37:58 PR!!<br>
3rd Place Overall (a small field) <img alt="cool.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/cool.gif"><br><br>
It was a cool and damp morning as three of my running clubmates and I hopped into the car for the 90 mile drive to the race start. The drive was mostly uneventful except for the big rig that nearly knocked us off the road. Undaunted, we arrived to find partly sunny skies and, amazingly, no wind. Here we were 20 miles from the wind surfing capital of the US and there was nary a breeze. A great day for a run.<br><br>
An hour later, as the gun was about to sound, the wind started to pick up. Drat! It had also warmed considerably (to about the mid 40s). As usual, I went out too fast. The first part of the course featured a slight downhill and I went out on the heels of "The Dude". The Dude is our club's fastest Masters runner at the 5K and 10K distances. He consistently places at the top in almost every race he enters, and he races 60+ times a year. I have no business being anywhere near him after the first 100 yards. I stayed with him for about 400 yards. I kept trying to back off my pace, but between the downhill and a desire to not back off too quickly I was already burning. By the 1 mile point, I had settled into 5th place with the first two leaders hopelessly in front. The third place runner turned around at the 3K turnaround. Cool! I'm in 4th place now.<br><br>
Soon, I caught up with the third place runner. About that time a friend of his rode up on her bike and started chatting with him. After about 45 seconds, she realized that she should probably let him race (ya think?) and promised to catch up to him at the finish. I tried not to laugh. After she left, I figured he's capable of talking at this pace and I need to take my mind off of my burning legs so I started asking him about what Tri's he was racing (He was running in the new Zoot shoes, so I knew he had to be a triathlete). Turns out the guy has completed Kona twice and was looking to qualify again this year.<br><br>
About this time the headwinds started, so in true triathlete fashion, he tucked in behind me. I tried a little gamesmanship by slowing on the uphills to see if he would pass me, but no dice. I was going to have to pull this guy. Our conversation continued in short bursts until about mile 5. Each of us kept the other from missing turns on the course, since there were no volunteers to direct us. As we approached 5.5 miles, I began to doubt whether I had the legs left to put down a finishing kick. I decided that if he went first, I'd never catch him, so I had to lead out. I was NOT going to let this guy beat me after pulling his ass through the headwind and having him steal my tailwind. When I saw the 6 mile cone, I put down a small surge to see if he would follow. I no longer heard him breathing right behind me, so I decided to just go as hard as I could to the finish to keep him away. In my oxygen deleted state, I forgot about the differences between the metric system and the Imperial system. This was a 10K, so I have .2 to go. 200 meters left. Um, no, more like 320 meters. Ouch.<br><br>
I would have loved to see my finish on tape. My form had to be sh--, but I held on for third place by 9 seconds and managed not to puke. When I looked at my watch, I was shocked at my time. I had negative split the race by a full minute. This finish was a 17 second PR for me, but that race had been on a downhill course that's good for a free minute at least. When I got home, I saw that my 10K time has improved by two full minutes in 12 months. I guess this training stuff works. I'm psyched for Boston. I just need to stay healthy until then.
 

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Nice race and RR (except for the lack of what beer you had after). That's a 2:00 penalty if this was a tri RR. <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif">
 

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Great race. Nice going on the late surge to hold off that guy. Putting 9 seconds on him in the last .2 was huge, especially since he sat in while you did the hard work in the wind.
 

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Post race: a whole Mosier Pizza (thin crust, wood fired, bacon, apples, carmelized onions and blue cheese) 12", I think. Water at the restaurant, as I was the driver.<br><br>
Home: 2 bottles of Full Sail Session Lager. I'm not a huge fan of yellow lagers, but this is not Bud or Miller. This is a local micro that compares favorably to Germany's finest.<br><br>
Is that better?
 

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As Hobey would say, Fasthole! I'd have a hard time chatting at twice that pace... or would that be half that pace... <img alt="wink.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/wink.gif"> Good job shedding the barnacle!
 

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omg. I was just certain you were talking about a 5k not 10k <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif"><br><br>
Jesh, just when i start racing sub12 suddenly everyone else is doing warp-speed 6min races. WOW!<br><br>
Nice report, love the play by play.
 

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AWESOME pace, BrewDad. Seriously awesome. Seems you are ready for Boston. You've really made some great strides, and way to dust that guy hanging on your shoulder.
 

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Nice job Brew Dad! Next time, maybe you should try throwing a surge in there to lose the drafter rather than slowing down to see if he'll pass? I think Fartlek or mid-session tempo runs are great for training your body to be able throw a surge in and recover without slowing down excessively. I especially like these on the hills as the mental aspect of watching someone else just pull away on the hills can just crush another runner's will<br><br>
Your time at the finish is what is important, not how good you look. I consider it a badge of honor to come into the finish looking like I'm about to keel over. Means I've given the race everything I had.<br><br>
Again, great job!<br><br>
Mike
 

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awesome, speedy race!
 

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YES... and this is EXACTLY what the elites will do to break the pack apart. They have the training in them to be able to insert a quick mile or two to drop the hangers on, and they know from their training that once they dial it back to the normal pace and on a flat or down section, they will recover enough to come back to under the blow up line. This in fact happens a lot in ultras between the first two guys when they are way too close. One guy will lay down a 6 minute mile knowing he'll break the pyschological back of the other, and even though pace will resume as normal, now that leader is out of sight even though they're running the same pace, but the leader knows that all he has to do is maintain pace because, well, he had been running before the 6 minute mile surge at an even pace with the other guy for nearly 20 miles, and he knows the other guy isn't going to suddenly pick up overall pace. Awesome race tactics. But, you gotta have the training to be able to pull it off. Very difficult for us hooligans who go out as hard as we can and pray to hold on. We have to take our training up yet another notch, which is very difficult and demanding on the body.<br><br>
Still, once again BrewDad, you freak'n ROCKED this race!
 

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3rd place OA is a great result, and way to kick it all the way to the end (I always forget how far that final 0.2 is also) - congrats!
 

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I think that is what I said. <img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif"> Must have stared at him for a full 2 minutes when he said he was chatting during his race. Isn't this close to what CS calls the "Talk to the Hand" pace?<br><br>
Way to drop the hammer and dust the Ironman. DS & I didn't join him on this trip but we did get the play-by-play when he got home.
 
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