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Thanks for the kind comments everyone. I appreciate it!
Ribs - I did contemplate doing the 9 miler, because I do like doing a longer distance race (I'm surprised I'm actually saying that considering I figured I'd always be stuck at a 5 mile distance) and if I would have run the 9 mile race, I do think I would have placed 1st. The lady who placed 1st in the 40-49 AG is a woman I've beaten in other races before when we ran the same distance, so I think I could have done it again. But "hardware" in these race, means a generic blue ribbon and I really wanted to finish off the year beating my 5K PR. At the beginning of 2007, when I wrote out all my yearly running goals, one of them was a sub 25 min 5K, so now I can cross that off my list too. The only goal I didn't hit this year was to run a marathon, but that'll just make 2008 all the sweeter!
Tammy, of course you made the right call, and the best part of it is that it was consistent with your goal. I was only making the point that many times in AG competition, when there is a fiveK and a longer race, the experienced runner who is used to distance will often choose the longer race, when placing high up is the objective, because it eliminates all those people who can't run the distance. I have seen your workouts and in a small race, I knew you would have done well in the 9. Good for you to stick to the goal. Spareribs
Tammy, you have come SO far in this year of running. Super congratulations on your hard work and results! Look at you --smashing through these times in your last races. You deserve a hot tub of your own if you don't already have one! glidegal
It's been fun to watch you improve this year, Tammy. Ending the season with a resounding PR should give you plenty of motivation to train through the winter and have more success in 2008. Congratulations!
Great race! A 1:40 PR in a 5K is fantastic.
I don't like to read the men's race reports because so many of them are faster than I am. Pretty soon I'll have to stop reading the wimmen's race reports, too. Not that I'm competitive or anything.
I'm a dark horse, running on a dark race course
Hey Tammy! Greta job on an awesome race! 1:40 improvement on your PR is something to be proud of. Good for you for following up on your goal for this year. What do you want to focus on next year? Tet mentioned a marathon... are you interested?
Dh - you ain't foolin' me - the day you stop reading the wimmen's race reports is the day that . . . oh, I don't know . . .maybe the day hell freezes over? !http://www.coolrunning.com/forums/wink.gif|src=http://www.coolrunning.com/forums/wink.gif|border=0!
Erika - yes, I have a marathon penciled in for May 08. My first. I'll be registering for the full by the end of the year, but if my training doesn't go well over the winter, then I'll just do the half.
Originally posted by TammyM:
Final time was 24.48 and I was real pleased with that. I felt like I gave this race my maximum effort and on the limited and sporadic amount of speedwork that I do, I don’t think I could have done any better.
This was my last race of the year and I was pleased to finish it off strong. 2007 has been a good running year for me.
I'd wholeheartedly agree that 2007 was a very, very good year for you in running/racing! You've done nothing but increase your training in terms of volume and pace. Solid racing each and every race. Improved splits. Always delightful with reports and ultragregarious...I'm sure with added speed sharpening you will continue to take seconds off your 5K times with each race. That distance simply hurts.
Congratulations on a terrific race! Another PR. It's almost expected as you will continue down that path of striving for more.
the marathon is a beast, though...make sure you do the work to appease the gods...with proper training you will have the
Originally posted by TammyM:
gave it everything I had at that point, which brought me the closest to puke threshold that I have yet experienced.
Congratulations on smashing your PR to bits with a comfortable margin against your goal. That was one exciting race report, especially since I harbor the same 2007 goal and I was quite interested in your experience.
You've had a great year.
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