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I was very nervous going into this race. I had run a 5K a few weeks ago and was disappointed with my time and how I had felt the whole race. Also, I ran this race last year. It was the first race I had ever run. I really was hoping for an improved time from last year (48:0<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/cool.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Cool">. It would have proved to me that I actually have worked and improved. Also, it was the last race in the local summer series I have been running. I had been in first place in my age group (only because I showed up for all the races) and wanted to make sure I finished that way.<br><br>
I would say there were 300-400 people there. Its a pretty well attended race (for this area). It's definitely one of the most competetive races I have run.<br><br>
As the race started, I worried about starting out too fast. I had to keep it in my head that I am only running against myslef and worry only about what I am doing. I settled into my pace and it felt awesome!! The first 2.5 miles were flat to rolling. Then we hit a hill. It was the hill that almost made we quit the race last year. I just kept on going up it and realized I could do it! Awesome!! It did slow me down a little, but once we got back to the rolling section, I felt awesome! I finished the race 42:33!!<br><br>
I wound up getting a phone call from one of the other racers whose daughter happens to go to school with mine. She had told me that after the race awards, they did the series awards and I had won my AG AND a $25 gift certificate to the local running store! Totally made my day and my faith in my running!
 

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5.5 minute improvement over the last year? That's pretty huge and you should feel good at getting such a visible, tangible mark of how much stronger your legs have become in the last year.
 

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Awesome job, Becca! Super PR, AG win, money...all you need is a trip to Tokyo and you're set! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile"><br><br>
It's very cool to hear how strong you felt and realized you were feeling during the race! Great work!!!
 

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Awesome job! <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 racing <b>Becca</b>!! Pretty cool that you got a gc to the running store. Can always use that <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile"> Congrats on the age group win. Looking forward to running with you in the 5 miler in December.
 

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5.5 minutes is a HUGE PR - and an AG to boot?! Congrats to you <b>becca</b> - this race shows how much improvement you've made over the last year and hints at more good things next year.
 

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Congratulations on the PR and your GC, <b>eccabex</b>! 5min+ is huge improvement at that distance, great work!
 
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