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Notes to Self

Wednesday, December 04, 2013

I almost wrote "Conclusion" but this is not an ending.

My Feaster Five race pace and finish time are on the record now. It is better time than last year --- meeting my goal to beat the year before. But I was hoping for a better time because my practice times are better than my race pace. I have to remember that my race pace is not as fast as I can go.

My running coach (years ago) told me that a race will have variables out of my control. She was right. I could not control the huge crowds. They slowed me down on the downward hill slope requiring me to weave among slower walkers instead of picking up some much needed fast minutes. I spent a lot of the race passing slower "racers" huddled in groups. Time was lost going around an ambulance near the last turn on the last hill. Better to lose a bit of time than the poor racer who needed that ambulance!

Now is the hard part --- maintaining this level of running for a base and gradually improving. Without a race. In the cold. In the dark. To be continued ..
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JLHODKINSON 12/11/2013 6:11PM

    I recently ran the Hot Chocolate and experienced the same thing with the crowds of walkers. It was pretty frustrating! Oh well I'm glad they're out there getting their fit on I s'pose. Push on!

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MOTHEPRO 12/6/2013 9:37AM

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SPARKFRAN514 12/4/2013 10:54PM

    Dress warm and i will think of you as Mall no rushing but i do go before the stores are open so that helps a lot too. just have to walk fast by cimbon as the are the only place open and what smells emoticon keep up the good work and stay warm

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1CRAZYDOG 12/4/2013 6:05PM

    Keep pushing! It IS hard in the cold and dark, but the alternatives to me of NOT walking are much darker and colder for me. So, onward, walk1

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