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                This wasn’t my best race. I never intended to PR, but I was hoping to maintain a somewhat decent pace (for me). It didn’t happen. My legs felt heavy the whole time. I did do a weight workout on Thursday which absolutely contributed to that but shouldn’t have made me feel as bad as I did. It wasn’t the worst I’ve ever felt, but I just didn’t have much in me. Besides that, my left arch hurt a little, and my right shoe is still pushing on my inside heel bone for a still unknown reason. At mile 8 I wasn’t sure I’d be able to finish because that particular problem was so bad. After a couple of tries on adjusting the shoe it was enough better to keep going, but my shoe was now sort of loose…I never lost the shoe, so it worked ok. The weather was perfect though, cool and bright. Not much in the way of spring flowers just yet, but we’re close. A few warm spots probably have daffodils blooming but I didn’t see any. I started out with a group of Team in Training runners before we all spread out. John (who also ran the Austin marathon) ran the first 6 miles with me, but he is running another marathon in Hawaii next week and stopped at that point. The race photographer Doug always takes pictures of TNT runs. The first time around I didn’t get my “trademark” thumbs up out (and he called me on it too), but I was ready the second time when he caught me early in the second loop. Ironically, I actually felt worse at that point because of the shoe problem, but I wanted at least one good race photo.

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First loop with John (mile 1ish)

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Second loop solo (mile 7ish)

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Reflective finisher's photo at my car

                 It was just a slow day for me. I finished the 13.1 right at the visitor’s center of Forest Park and was even given a bottle of water by a group promoting their fundraising for GO St. Louis. (The Little Bit Foundation) Then I took my finisher’s photo at my car and drove home. This was my last race as a 34-year-old. Monday is my birthday. New age group. Yay? I don’t believe the 35-39 AG is any less competitive.

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Two slightly different loops (see the difference on the right, plus a little out and back to finish up)

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Official time from mapmyrun

 

                Next Saturday I’m running the St. Louis St. Patrick’s Day run. Always a fun race, but very crowded as well. I think I’m aiming for a 9 or below pace. If I can do that and it feels super easy (unlikely, but you never know), I may consider a moon shot of going sub 2 at GO STL half in April. More realistically I am planning on aiming for under 2:10. That’s a big difference, but I need this race to tell me what I might be able to do right now.

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You do not like you're suffering in that thumbs-up picture ... I see a fit happy runner. 

Sorry you didn't feel great today, but it seems like you're probably still recovering from your marathon, aren't you? 

Happy birthday! 

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58 minutes ago, CompulsiveRunner said:

You do not like you're suffering in that thumbs-up picture ... I see a fit happy runner. 

Sorry you didn't feel great today, but it seems like you're probably still recovering from your marathon, aren't you? 

Happy birthday! 

Yup, I usually give it about a month before I try to push the pace at all. (Which works out perfectly for the St. Patrick's day race next Saturday, it's the 17th but close enough)

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That thumbs-up pic is frame-worthy!! Hopefully everything feels nice and comfy for your next race so you can get that sub-2 in April. 

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Happy birthday! Fun map! Do you get to see the animals when you run by the zoo?

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1 hour ago, ocrunnergirl said:

Happy birthday! Fun map! Do you get to see the animals when you run by the zoo?

Occasionally. Most of the areas are behind trees and solid fences, everything faces the paths inside the zoo. It's actually a free zoo so it's not like they are trying to keep people from seeing animals without paying, it's just not set up so they can be seen from the running path. But you can sure smell them sometimes! The St. Louis Zoo is a great zoo though, I highly recommend it if you're ever in STL.

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23 minutes ago, SIbbetson said:

I like the reflection photo!  Happy birthday!

Thank you!

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4 hours ago, Slow_Running said:

That looks like a nice place to run.  Great job!

It's a wonderful place to run. Maybe sometime I'll do a photo tour for the non STL people. 

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