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<span style="font-family:'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-size:medium;">This race had been brought to my attention by the manager of the New Balance store (she’s the partner of one of T’s colleagues) and it looked like it would fit perfectly in my schedule: three weeks out from my half-marathon and it happened to fall on a Saturday when I didn’t have any events to cover at work (I did end up having to work but everything worked out in the end).</span></span><br><br><span style="font-family:'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-size:medium;">This was the first race I’ve run that had a 10 a.m. start. It was a nice change of pace but was part of the problem of me having to hurry to work afterwards – I had to skip the hot meal they were providing! The race was held in a park along the Grand River that is used for cross country races by some local high school and the college I work for, and when I found out the location I was wondering if it would be on the paved paths or not. The course map on the website wasn’t the most helpful – it was hand drawn and then scanned looked like. When we got there you could see the course was set up as an out-back/out-back type on the paved paths.</span></span><br><br><span style="font-family:'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-size:medium;">T ran this race as well and we were both running this for our own time so as we were standing at the start waiting for the horn/gun I think we both were a little nervous – ok, I know I was <i>nervous</i>. See the thing is the last race I ran, a 10k in July, I wasn’t pleased with my performance. This race though I had hopes of setting a new PR prior to finishing up the training for the HM in three weeks. After a few words of encouragement the horn sounded and we were off.</span></span><br><br><span style="font-family:'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-size:medium;">I started out near the back so the first quarter mile or so I was getting into a rhythm and passing some people. It wasn’t until about a half mile into the race that I looked down at my garmin: 7:45 pace. WTF? – that’s what I thought to myself. I kept going, passed the one mile marker: 7:56 for mile one. NO way can I keep this up.</span></span><br><br><span style="font-family:'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-size:medium;">Just after the first mile we turned around and headed back to the start/finish – I was still passing people, and I started to find a pace that I thought I could maintain. I could start to feel the heat (why is it above 80F in October?) taking a toll on me as I neared the two mile marker: 8:27 for mile two. Ok, this is the pace I had as a goal, or close enough.</span></span><br><br><span style="font-family:'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-size:medium;">I passed the start finish line and headed out for the other out/back just as kid maybe 12-13 was finishing. Always nice to see the younger kids taking part in this absurd pastime. Here is where I started to struggle. Less than a mile to go, I just want to hold on to the pace as best as I can and finish. Make the last turn and head to the finish with about a half mile to go. Just as I’m approaching the finish I see T – she looks like she’s going strong. I push to the finish and can see the race clock. Even though I know my chip time will be less the clock shows that this is a PR for me. Cross the line, stop my garmin.</span></span><br><br><span style="font-family:'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-size:medium;">Finish time by my garmin: 25:47</span></span><br><span style="font-family:'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-size:medium;">Chiptime: 25:48</span></span><br><br><span style="font-family:'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-size:medium;">I took 63 seconds off of my PR. I feel pretty good going into the HM in three weeks. T (she has her own story to tell) and I celebrated with some good beer after the soccer game. All in all a good day.</span></span>
 

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Great job <b><span style="color:#008000;">Kevin</span></b>!!!!!!! Lots of hard work paying off for you at that race. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile"> Conga rats!
 

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Awesome Job Kevin!!!<br><br>
I wish I could have that kind of race, one where I'm surprised at oow fast I go out in the first mile. My first mile is pretty much the opposite -- I'm surprised at how slow I am going, lol!<br><br>
You rocked it!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/headbang.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="headbang">
 

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Woohoo, KP!<br><br>
Most Excellent for making that PR! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile">
 

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Great job, <b>kp</b>! Way to crush your previous PR in tough conditions. Good luck in your upcoming HM.
 

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Congrats on your new PR! I can't imagine running a PR in a 5K on a hot and humid day like today. Color me impressed. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile">
 

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Way to PR KP. Good stuff. So was it the greatest 5K ever?<br><br>
(maybe it is for the food at the end....that'll remain a mystery until next year)
 

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Great job Kevin! Smokin' time!<br><br>
What's up with this weather huh? I'm pretty sure things should be back to normal for your half!
 

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Awesome 5K there, <b>Kevin</b>! One minute off your PR in conditions like today's is a terrific result - I think things are looking great for your HM three weeks from now.
 

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Pic of the medal from the race Saturday.<br><br><img alt="" src="http://i24.tinypic.com/ei1sgy.jpg" style="border:0px solid;">
 

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Way to go <b>KP</b>! Where are the pictures? I want pictures....of <b>Tonya</b> mostly....but you'll do. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/biggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Very Happy"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/biggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Very Happy"><br><br><br>
Congrats on the new PR! You deserve it!
 

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Super job, <b>KP</b>! Great work on the PR - the medal isn't half bad either!
 
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