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or let's see how bad it can be to race my least favorite distance after the last 2 months off from running (and having done little before that for about 4 months).<br><br>
I really haven't been running at all. A mile or 2 here and there, at best a couple times a week, at worst nothing at all for weeks at a time. But I'm committed to running the half at Philly and I decided I needed to run this race and this distance, just to see how bad things are.<br><br>
Well, turns out, not too bad after all. I'm really slow, I knew I would walk quite a bit. I just wanted to finish is less than 1:30. Because if I went to 14+ pace, it was more walking than running. 13s would be ok. 12s, well, hell, that's what I run. My bestest ever pace in a race was 11:30s or so (in an 8K), and that was with tons of training, and lots of dedication. So, I could definitely be happy with 12s.<br><br>
The race day wasn't great, cold, raw, rainy. At least it's a noon start, so I slept in, ate a little, was able to take care of <i>business</i> (my biggest race day fear), and even relaxed a little at home. I didn't have anyone to go with, but as I drove down the street to the T station, I passed my two neighbors, in athetic gear, so I stopped and said, wanna a ride to the T, and are you running Tufts?? Turns out they were, so I had company...at least I thought I did. I got to the station and realized I'd left my bib and chip at home! ERGGGG! I dropped them off, rushed home, grabbed my stuff again, rushed back out, and made it to the race site (Boston Common) with 25 mins to spare. Not a ton of time, but I was able to put my chip on on the T, and it's a quick walk from the station to the Common.<br><br>
I never did see my neighbors again before the race, but I did see a couple of women I know, one a friend of my best friend, down from Maine, and another woman from my tap class, who was running with her mom. At least I had someone to chat with before the race. It was enough.<br><br>
Hit the portolet, and went to the >10min mile starting area. LOTS AND LOTS of women...about 7000. This is the US 10K National Championship race for women, so there are some serious athletes running, but far more who are just there to run or walk for fun, fitness, and a chance to do something with other like minded women.<br><br>
First mile was exactly 12, then I walked a few mins...and continued in a pattern for the rest of the race. Until mile 6, where I was feeling lightheaded and dizzy, so I started run 1/walk 1...until the very end, where I kicked it and finished in a respectable (for me) 1:17:04. This is just 2:15 (or so) slower than my PR and I was pretty happy with that.<br><br>
Waited in an interminable bag line, changed my shirt in front of some random guy, since he wouldn't stand up from the bench where I was trying to place my bag, and eventually found my neighbors again.<br><br>
Can't complain about the day...things worked out nicely...not the best race, not the best weather, but I don't feel like I fell apart and I don't feel like I could have done so much more. Maybe a little, but I never push myself, but I didn't hold back too much today either. I can feel good about that.
 

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Way to go!!! To do so well with so little training? Awesome!! You're a natural! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile">
 

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No PR...but only 2 mins slower.
 

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Nice job <b>Moe</b>! Sorry the weather sucked, but you turned in a great effort. Way to go!
 

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Great job! Way to go! Do you have hot librarian running shoes? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/biggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Very Happy">
 

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Way to go Maureen <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile">
 

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Maureen - reasonable, achievable. . .you rock woman. Way to get out there and DO it!<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile">
 

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Hi Moe,<br><br>
great job and it sure beat working today didn't it?<br><br>
your pal,<br><br>
oache
 

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Yay, Moe! Great job!!!! Congratulations!
 
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