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<span style="font-family:'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-size:medium;">Coast Guard Days are a big deal here on the west coast of Michigan. We were lucky enough to make it here on our move last year just in time for the big celebration. This year decided to run the 10k the YMCA puts on (also do a 5k as well) since it is one of the few 10ks that I’ve found in the area.</span></span><br><br><span style="font-family:'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-size:medium;">9 a.m. start for the 10k, and the race being about 45 minutes away made for and early morning – and I have I mentioned that <b>phdatc</b> isn’t much of a morning person? – But god bless her she was out the door with me at 7 a.m. in order to make it there in time to pick up my packet.</span></span><br><br><span style="font-family:'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-size:medium;">Managed to get my race number on my shirt, timing chip tied to my shoe, and about a 1 mile warm-up before the nerves really started to fray. First 10k in over a year…I love this distance, but my training for the Grand Rapids HM has been hit/miss in the last month thanks to things beyond my control – international travel, illness, etc. so I was a little bit nervous. As evident by tying-retying my shoes about 10 times each.</span></span><br><br><span style="font-family:'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-size:medium;"><img alt="" src="http://i14.tinypic.com/5xevdbn.jpg" style="border:0px solid;"></span></span><br><br><span style="font-family:'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-size:medium;">Standing there lined up between the 9 min mile and 10 min mile signs waiting for the start I noticed something – even though it was a chip timed race there were no timing mats at the start. Not a great thought to go through head right then.</span></span><br><br><span style="font-family:'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-size:medium;">First ¾ mile was flat, could see Lake Michigan, then we turned back inland and started to climb. Rolling hills (some hillier than others) until right at mile 2. Ran through town – had a few families out cheering us on – until just past mile 3. Then we headed into a more industrialized part of town on a bike path. By now runners were coming back in on the course…all the while only thing I can think of is “where the f*ck is the turnaround!?” Passed the second water station at mile four – at the turnaround – and headed back into town. Turned right onto a narrow bike path and came upon a group of guys three-wide on the path right at mile 5…I mean three-wide? Carrying on a conversation? WTF? It was right about here that the heat/humidity started to take its toll. I tried to stride out a bit and pick up the pace and I was doing pretty well as we ran along the boardwalk. It was as we turned and headed up this hill at about the 5.5 mile mark that one of the people directing on the course started telling us “only ¼ mile to go!!!” I looked at my FR and just shook my head. The last ¾” was uphill – s t r u g g l e d up that sucker and could see the finish line.</span></span><br><br><span style="font-family:'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-size:medium;"><img alt="" src="http://i17.tinypic.com/52cobv4.jpg" style="border:0px solid;"></span></span><br><br><span style="font-family:'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-size:medium;">My watch time: 59:56. “Chip Time” 1:00:13, but since I was in the back of the pack at the start, and they didn’t have timing mats at the start, think I’m going with my time. Gave everything I had – HR numbers from my FR: avg 181, peak 197.</span></span><br><br><span style="font-family:'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-size:medium;">Issues I had with the race management:</span></span><br><span style="font-family:'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-size:medium;">The temp was 71F, with a 76% humidity at the start. They had two water stations on the 10k course. However, they had no water available at the finish line. You had to walk about ¼ mile to where the water was located, and since there were two people filling cups the line was over 100 ft long.</span></span><br><br><span style="font-family:'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-size:medium;">The whole timing chip issue – first race I’ve ever run that’s used timing chips and not had mats at the beginning and the end.</span></span><br><br><span style="font-family:'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-size:medium;">Race course was challenging, but miles 3-5 were boring…no houses, nothing.</span></span><br><br><span style="font-family:'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-size:medium;">All in all an ok event. Not sure if I’ll be running it next year or not.</span></span>
 

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Great job and a great report <b>KP!</b> Thanks for sharing the pics with us. Looking good in the 30s shirt <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif">
 

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Nice report and <i>fine</i> photos! <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif"> I sympathize on the humididity, it was awful here as well. Great time too! I have only run one 10K and I didn't quite manage to break the 1:00 mark.
 

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KP:<br><br>
Nice race! Great report!<br>
I must give kudos to your photographer, too!<br><br>
I ran a 5 k this summer that didn't have mats at the start and it really ticked me off. I feel your pain.<br>
Great job!
 

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Nice job on breaking that 1 hr mark, KP!<br><br>
All in all, sounds like a nice day to be in Grand Haven. <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif">
 

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kp - nice work - close to a PR?<br>
on the chip timing & pad thing. yeah, that bugs me too. i run a 16 miler in January in NH in preparation for Boston each year. they have a gun start w/out a chip pad although they do have pads at the 5m and 1/2 marathon marks, but total time is different b/c of the start. I usually try to tuck myself up front <i>inconspicuously</i> to lessen the time lost...only when i think i want to PR though or think I have a shot at a fat-guy prize.<br><br>
great job.
 

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<b>2oh</b> - yesterday was 1:07 off of my PR.<br><br>
thanks everyone!
 

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Especially with the conditions you mention, really nice PR and breaking of an hour - great job <b>Kevin!</b> One would hope they get some suggestions that would make the race work better next year.
 

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Kevin:<br><br>
Nice run and nice pics! You're right, I've never seen that setup with the chips before either. Congrats!
 

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wait, wait, wait...not a PR...<i>1:07 slower</i> than my PR.
 

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Well, crap. I'm so sorry! I totally misunderstood. <img alt="sad.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/sad.gif"><br><br>
Still, a hard-fought race in brutally hot conditions. Way to go!
 

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no worries <b>Theia</b>. No worries.
 
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