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This is a local 10k I've done the past several years, one of the handful of 10k's in Cincinnati and typically the first race I do after Jan 1. This year it was particularly crowded (probably 30-400 people vs the typical 200 or so) because the local running store had their Flying Pig training groups show up for the race...they even had pace leaders for a small 10k, which is pretty much unheard of.<br><br>
I was hoping for a top 5 finish and a time close to my PR (35:39) - a PR was a possibility but anything close to it would be fine with me. I saw a local running stud before the race but heard he opted for the the 5k - that automatically moved me up a spot because he would have been several minutes ahead of me had he run the 10k!<br><br>
I saw several friends before the race so I didn't mind as much that - once again, as is this RD's habit - the race started a good 10 minutes late. I did a few run-outs to stay loose and warm and chatted with friends, but it was getting a little cold standing there! Anyway, we finally got started and I was immediately in 2nd place behind a younger guy who was running about the same pace I wanted to. We pulled away from the field fairly quickly so I decided to care less about my time and go for the win (especially since it was pretty windy - I was happy to stay right behind the guy in 1st for a while).<br><br>
1st mile felt fairly comfortable at 5:40 - I think it might have been a little short because with no real change in pace mile #2 was 5:57 which felt slow. So I'm guessing we ran 5:50's for those first 2, and 5:51 was mile 3. I had noticed the guy would get up to 10 yards ahead of me and then next thing I knew he would be a few steps in front of me. During the 3rd mile, I wanted to hear how hard he was breathing so I pulled alongside him for a bit and he seemed to be working hard (so was I, but I'm an old guy!) We hit the turnaround at the halfway point in 18:05 so I know a PR isn't happening, but I felt pretty good about a possibility of a win.<br><br>
Shortly after the turnaround, I drew up alongside him and saw his form wasn't looking as smooth. I kept the same pace and was in front of him so I put on a little burst (partially to show off for my friends who were coming in the opposite direction!) Before I knew it I had 10 yards on the guy so now I figured I was on my own. Mile 4 was 5:45 and mile 5 was 5:49 so I'm holding a pretty steady pace at this point and feeling good. I looked back on a turn and saw he was well behind me which was good news to me! I started to push hard in mile 6 and that was a 5:40 so I was finishing well. I came up on a friend who was pushing his kid in a jogging stroller in the 5k and he started sprinting, yelling "You can't catch me!" It was pretty funny - he hit a mud puddle which I think was like quicksand for him because he started slowing down immediately! My finish time was 35:56 - I don't know what the 2nd place guy ran but I'm guessing 45 seconds behind me or so. An older guy ended up catching the kid who had been leading - a small case of the tortoise and the hare!<br><br>
2 of my friends ran really well - bunch of sandbaggers had said "Oh, I just want to run somewhere around 39 minutes" and then they finished 1:20 and :30 seconds ahead of that! I knew a few other folks in there so afterwards I spent some time catching up and doing a cooldown.<br><br>
All in all - a pretty good start to the race season! It was only my 4th overall win so I'm pretty excited about that. The time could have been a little better but I was very pleased to run negative splits in a 10k (18:05, 17:51) and I felt like I could have gone a little faster or longer if necessary.<br><br>
Thanks for reading!
 

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Congrats!! Its interesting to read about fast people like you and how you analyze the breathing and form of the runners next to you, and adjust your race based on that. Glad I don't need to worry about people analyzing me that closely while I run! Great job!
 

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<b>Pacer</b> - nicely done, sir!!!<br><br><img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif">
 

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Chris,<br><br>
I enjoyed reading your report. The perspective of the front of the race along with how you see your competition was interesting. Congratulations on your win.<br><br>
Paul
 

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Yeahhhhhhhh PC!!! Way to smoke that youngin'. Really looking forward to seeing your Boston race.<br><br><img alt="" src="http://www.millan.net/minimations/smileys/cheerleader.gif" style="border:0px solid;"><br><br>
I liked the bit w/your buddy and the jog stroller ...too funny.
 

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Sweet. Nice job. Let the young guy break the wind then lay down the wood. I like the strategy. <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif"> Congrats.
 

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Yeah, the part about your friend with the stroller was hilarious! <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif"><br><br>
Nice RR and congrats again on the win!
 

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Excellent run, thanks for sharing the perspective. We obviously all enjoy your view from the front of the pack <img alt="notworthy.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/notworthy.gif">
 

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<img alt="notworthy.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/notworthy.gif"> Great job <b>Pacer!</b> Great report too. I tend to analyze folks while Im running too. I wanna see if they are sucking wind just as hard as I am <img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif">
 

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Excellent job, my son! Isn't it great to see all your hard work paying off with a nice shiny medal?
 

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Well done and congrats on the win, <b>Pacer</b>! Great start to the year - if this is any indication, you'll be smoking things in Boston.
 

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Congratulations on your win, Pacer!
 

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Great race Chris,<br><br>
I doesn't get much better than this--taking the lead just past half way, then pulling away from the field by running an impressive negative split. It was like having a race play out just the way you dreamed it would.<br><br>
Congratulations! You are a most deserving runner.
 

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Great race!<br><br>
"1st mile felt fairly comfortable at 5:40" - classic <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif">
 
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