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PostPosted: 04/03/05 - 18:25    Post subject: Coach knows her runners (a race report)
La Salle Bank Shamrock Shuffle (8K), Chicago IL

This was a race I had not planned to run until about a month ago. The fact Deena Kastor was in this race had nothing to do with my changing my mind. To be in the same race as her was a true treat - had I talent to be upfront with her, then it would have been an honor. The fact American men's thon record holder, Khalid Khannouchi, was in this didn't hurt either.

The big thing for me was learning the first two miles or so was the same beginning as the ill-fated Chicago Marathon of last October. I needed to run this one, and do well. I had to exorcise the demons and spit out the bad memories of the marathon. And given the crowd - at 22,500 runners, it's billed as the largest 8K race in the world - I got what I needed. Everything but a PR. Easy running, NO INJURIES, negative splits - where, oh where has this race been?! The race felt good - I was able to adjust speeds as needed, move in, around, and through crowds with little trouble (strangely, I think that is the best thing I do in a race), and I was able to kick it in on the last mile.

From a PM of yesterday:
JACKED UP wrote:
43:50 on the 5 miler. And I'm being conservative. Wink If you have a good day, I could see you pulling a 42:10.


Little does she know... Mr. Green

Results - Watch time - 42:45, Official time - 42:44.
Placings - Overall, 5,053 of 18,729
................Males - 3,712 of 9,105
................AG - 257 of 653

Splits - 8:49, 8:43, 8:34, 8:25, and 8:13.

And for the record... Deena won the wimmen's race (new course record), but Khalid dropped out (!) at 4.3 miles.
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PostPosted: 04/03/05 - 18:29    Post subject:
Great race!
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PostPosted: 04/03/05 - 18:33    Post subject:
Nice consistent pacing g-dawg. Nice race
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PostPosted: 04/03/05 - 19:42    Post subject:
Sweeeeet! Nice race, G! Your girl did an OK job too Wink
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PostPosted: 04/03/05 - 20:03    Post subject:
Great time - sounds like you had an all round good experience!
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PostPosted: 04/03/05 - 21:13    Post subject: Re: Coach knows her runners (a race report)
gretriever wrote:
La Salle Bank Shamrock Shuffle (8K), Chicago IL

but Khalid dropped out (!) at 4.3 miles.


Just think 'G', in future you can casually mention to friends over a drink or two how you went past Khannouchi at the 4.3mile mark
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PostPosted: 04/03/05 - 21:21    Post subject: Re: Coach knows her runners (a race report)
Phar lap wrote:


Just think 'G', in future you can casually mention to friends over a drink or two how you went past Khannouchi at the 4.3mile mark
LOL

I know it will gnaw at his conscience for a good long time. Mr. Green
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PostPosted: 04/03/05 - 22:04    Post subject:
Most excellent Steve! A good race, nice negative splits! thumbs up I'm very proud of you.
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PostPosted: 04/04/05 - 05:51    Post subject:
Great race Steve!! Nice negative splits!!
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PostPosted: 04/04/05 - 06:35    Post subject:
great race G! love the negative splits and strong finish; especially love the NO INJURIES part. Mr. Green sounds like a winner for you on alot of levels..continued good luck this spring Gdawg.
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PostPosted: 04/04/05 - 07:19    Post subject:
good job dawg! way to outlast Khannouchi - excellent strategy!
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PostPosted: 04/04/05 - 08:47    Post subject:
Great race, man!
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PostPosted: 04/04/05 - 09:07    Post subject:
Great Race! What a way to conquer your demons! thumbs up
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PostPosted: 04/04/05 - 09:54    Post subject:
Howl it loud there gdawg!! Surprised

Good goin'.
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PostPosted: 04/04/05 - 10:27    Post subject:
Woohoo! Congrats on a great job! thumbs up
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