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PostPosted: Sat Oct 25, 2008 3:48 pm 
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I didn't realize what a valuable cause this race supported until I drove into Bernheim Forest and saw all the signs they had displayed. I was even more inspired once I really thought about how well this money would be spent.

At the start, the instructions provided by Mike, owner of Pacers and Racers were clear and precise. They started both the 5K Walk/Run and 5 Mile run together. That can be a bit of problem when inexperienced runners and walkers start near the front but that really wasn't the case here. It started relatively smooth. I would guess about 500 runners/walkers, maybe more. My goal at the start was not to jump out fast, a major weakness of mine in races. Not today. I started steady and rolled through the 1st mile at 9:08.

The 2nd mile was more of the same. Nothing special, just getting into a steady pace and running actually rather easily. I think it was somewhere around here that the 5 milers and 5Ker's split from each other. I remember a some point during this mile just looking around while running enjoying the beautiful scenery. What a nice area!!!

At mile 3 I knew I wanted to start pushing the pace some. I felt I was holding back a little too much, a little too conservative. I finished the 3rd mile with a negative split. I believe we merged back with the 5ker's somewhere during this mile.

Mile 4 was out of the woods and along 2 long straight aways. I felt really good and knew I would have a kick at the end, probably more kick than I should.

There was a long uphill portion of mile 5 but I was feeling good so I pushed myslef and began to pass other runners. I kept thinking, "oh god, don't run out of gas before the finish, that would be embarassing". On the way back down the hill I heard someone on the other side say my name. I looked over and knew it had to be Kriston, one of our beloved RunTheVille friends. I smiled, acknowledged and kept running.

I finished the 5 miles at 43:30. I'm happy with it but know I could have run it faster. Thats ok, I had a very strong run overall today and I was very pleased. I have an issue with going out too ast and wearing down. Not today, I ran strong the entire way. My longer runs are paying. I finally have to retire my Mizuno Elixor 2's. If I made a mistake today, it was wearing these shoes. I don't want to let go but for the sake of my legs they must be retired from running.

My dad and 3 year old son waited for me at the end. Its always great to have some of my family there at the end. Sometimes its my dad and 1 kid, sometimes its my wife and both kids. Kriston's BF approached me and introduced himself. A very nice guy who was waiting to cheer Kriston on at the finish. I assured him I just saw here and it wouldn't be long. Sure enough, just a few moments later, Kriston came running in very strong. I could she ran a strong race. I chatted it up with them for a second but my kid was wearing my dad out so we had to go. Kriston and BF(Joe or Joey???, I was a little winded when he told me, sorry!!), we will catch up with you 2 at the next race. A great day and a great race.


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Great race report! I could pretty much copy and paste it!

I LOVED that they had those signs up along the course, that was fantastic and it touched me--just as the children's stories on our bibs did. I will definitely do this race again and I vow to work hard to raise money for the next one! Ironically, my sister was telling today that she's been wanting to volunteer at the Home.

As for my race, I posted a very long blog but it was more for my records than for your entertainment, but feel free to read it if you get BORED. I finished in 53:20, which for me is fantastic! I felt great at the end, and definitely had more energy in me. I actually ran 2 miles after the race. When I got home, I just felt like I would go crazy if I went in and sat down. So I ran around the neighborhood and then came home to do my ice bath! LOL

The race was casual but well organized and I just loved it! Great runners. I dunno if you got to talk to anyone Joe, but there were some gems in that race. I spoke to quite a few people while we were running, it was a lot of fun!

I could have pushed harder but I was too scared to push too hard, for fear of burning out early. So I stayed too conservative. But I wouldn't do it any differently, it was a great day!

FYI, DBF (Joey) had a respectable finish for someone who runs 3 times a year. LOL Actually, when I think about it, that makes me mad...he doesn't train but finishes like 3 minutes slower than me, who DOES train?!?!? :lol:

Mom also did well and she was totally amped up! She walked the 5K in 51:xx, which is slower than her last time but still much faster than she ever used to be!

Joe, it was great to see you out there and I'm glad we had such a successful event!

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I'm pretty observant at races and I want to mention someone who I've never spoken a word to, but I see at most every race. I believe his name is Jose Santiago(I know this because he won an AG award at the Navilleton run). I think he is around 50 years old. He probably has no idea anyone notices things like this but let me explain.

The week after the Navilleton I ran near him in the West Louisville appreciation run. I beat him by less than a minute and remember passing him at one point. I saw him at the Grand Slam 4-Miler and he beat me by about 1 minute and a half.

Sure enough he was there yesterday. He blew me away and I was happy for him. I'm not sure what his time but he was on his way down the hill and I still had a ways to go up the hill. I'm no expert but I noticed how much he has improved. He should be very proud of himself. Not that he needs my stamp of approval but I'm impressed with this guy. I'm sure I will come across him again and if so, I may have to say hello.


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