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WooHoo!!! I finished it and I still can walk. That as one tough race.<br><br>
My neighbor and I were supposed to be running this together, but I was pretty sure she was going to back out on me (because she has had a nagging knee pain and she never trained ast 8 miles), but imagine my surprise when she said last night that she was going to come. <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif"> So this morning I drag my butt out of bed at 6:15 ish (after my alarm has gone of twice), have a minor conundrum about what to wear and finally decide on my long pants and light long sleeved shirt, eat a peanut butter sandwich and meet my neighbor outside at ~6:40. We drive up and get to the race a little over an hour early and almost nobody is there. The bright side to being so early for such a small race though is that we got a parking spot in the lot right next to the start line. We stay in the car for about 15 mins because it is COLD out and finally wander out to pick up our numbers and start stretching. I attempt a failed visit to the port-o-let (where some guy snottily askes me if I am wearing new shoes) and we finally get to line up at the start. The background on this route is that I have run most of it (except for miles 5 and 6) so I am pretty sure I am prepared. The pre-race instructions include telling us to follow the arrows and be careful on the steep dirt trail in miles 5-6. I am thinking what steep dirt trail? I never came across a dirt trail when I ran 8 miles out here. Oh well. He tells us to start and most of te pack breaks away on the uphill start. I get into my groove and am feeling warmed up at about a mile and am enjoying the scenery and the many rolling hills (nothing new...I run out here all the time). I get to the first water stop at mile 1.75 and take a sip of water and continue on. Everything is going great until I reach that section that I have never run before. It was STEEP (both the ups and downs) and we had already covered a lot of hills in the first 4 miles. Every single person I saw coming back up the hill after the turn around was walking. I get to the turn around and start back and begin to think...oh crap. I am walking and my legs are burning (I am also coming off a calf injury so I am really getting worried about my tight calf). I finally make it past those two hellish miles and I see my neighbor less then a 1/4 mile ahead of me. My new goal is to keep her in my sights and try to catch up with her in the last 2 miles. Everything is great...I head through a water stop and get some water and then remember the cliff blocks I have stashed in my bra. I take the three of them after the water stop. Big mistake...thats why the package said to follow with water. I am now dying for water until the next water stop (1.75 miles from the end). I feel energized after I get my water and kick it into gear on some of the downhills so I finally catch up to my friend. She manages to get slightly ahead of me on the final uphill, but I come in right behind her at 1:46:16. I look down at my Garmin and it says we have gone 10.29 miles with an average pace of 10:20/mile. This is a great time for me and I am really happy. I congratulate my friend on her accomplishment (running 10 miles for the first time ever), grab some food (and a coupon for 20% off the running store I bought my shoes at yesterday...grrr, wish I had that yesterday) and head home to type this. It was a really fun race. I think I will be running it again next year! My new shoes now dont look quite so new thanks to those two miles on dirt trail. I got a little warm in my long sleeves and long pants, but I am glad I didnt have to freeze for the hour before the race.<br><br>
My first 10 miler ever (although I have run HMs) and my best race pace ever...WOOHOO! <img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif">
 

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Hey, good job! That's a great time and you had the hills you hadn't seen before <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif">
 

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Congratulations! Nice running, even with the surprise section!<img alt="icon_cheers.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/icon_cheers.gif">
 

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Wow nice job. Sounds like a tough race but a lot of fun. I wish we had a few trail races in central WI, but oh well.<br><br>
Being how customer friendly running stores are, maybe you can give them the coupon and see if you can get some of your purchase back...wouldn't hurt to try.<br><br>
Also about the whole new shoes thing: I love it when you first break out the new shoes and how clean they are. My brother realizes this and tells me how I wouldn't last very long thinking like that in college. He says when someone gets a new pair of shoes they find the dirtiest trail they can for their next run...oh well. No point in postponing the inevitable right?<br><br>
Congrats again.<br><br>
Alex
 

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Woot! Another trail racer.<br><br>
It sounds like you are about as good at technical trails as I am. Yeesh, I suck at them too.
 

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Clif Blocks in your bra? And here I thought you were just glad to see me. <img alt="sad.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/sad.gif"><br><img alt="razz.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/razz.gif"><br><br>
Big ups on the race, especially pushing through the unexpected steep bits.
 

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fun! how did i miss this report???<br>
Congrats on your race! Were you too hot in pants and long sleeves? Aren't you going to need new shoes soon anyways? <img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif"><br>
sooooo when's the next trail race?
 

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Thanks for your replies everyone. I really enjoyed this race!<br><br>
Actually I really didnt get too hot...until the very end and even then it was survivable. I just remembered my trail race in Jan where I froze in my shorts the entire race.<br>
Actually the shoes were new...not that it was any of his business.<br>
I dont know when the next race is. I have a free entry into a pacific coast trail run so maybe August. I dont want to screw up my marathon training.<br><br>
Hey...its not like I have any other place to store them. They fit very nicely in there! <img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif"><br><br>
Nope, recovered pretty well and was only left with a slightly sore achilles after the race (I think because my calf was tight). Now all is good.
 

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hehe. at my race last week i put ice down my bra. Ask Durt, you could hear the ice cubes jiggling in my cleavage!!! LOL!
 
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