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12/1/13 10:53 P

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that is freaking awesome, nothing like watching the clock as you come in and see you can beat the time, ya just gotta hurt to do it. Nice race report, and congrats.
Oh , by the way, 40 would be balmy in Minnesota right about now, but damn cold for your neck of the woods.

Edited by: GWBACH at: 12/1/2013 (22:54)

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Ran my first 5K this weekend. Been 33 years and a couple of weeks since the last one. Wow! Am I getting old or what?

Ran the Turkey Trot in Sarasota Florida this weekend in 29: 52. Not too bad considering it was a balmy 40 degrees and I have exercise induced asthma which is greatly effected by cold air.

I hadn't run a race in a long time so I started at the back of the pack, I didn't want to get trampled by all of the teenagers and college kids who were looking to finish in less than 15 minutes. I started out slow and steady giving myself plenty of room to run. I didn't want to get tripped or trip anyone else. I did maintain my desired pace of sub 10-minute miles. Actually took the first mile out on a 9:05 split. Hit my stride about 1.5 miles in and settled into a good pace with a group of people in front of me. My watch told me they were slowing down approaching 2 miles so I picked up the pace and caught up with a slightly faster group and was at 18:42 at two miles. Then the cramps started. My quads were starting to burn and I was getting a stitch in my side. I decided I was going too fast.

One of my goals was to run the whole race, no walking allowed. So I slowed down a bit, took a gulp of water and pressed on. As I was approaching the finish line my lungs were starting to burn just a little, but I could see the clock. It was ticking away. Was I going to beat 30 minutes? Yes, by 8 seconds. I did it.

Then I looked at my watch and noticed my tee time was in 20 minutes. I arrived at the 1st tee with about 2 minutes to spare. Played horribly, but had a great time with my foursome.

Two weeks until the next race. Can't wait.

Edited by: SAILOR64 at: 12/1/2013 (09:28)
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