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Des Moines, Iowa
United States
IMT
Total Time = 2h 05m 45s
Overall Rank = /
Age Group = 35-39
Age Group Rank = 85/303
Pre-race routine:

Got up, had a bowl of Fiber...gotta love that stuff and a banana. Had to make the morning pit stop. Deann, who I ran with had to make about 6 before the race.
Event warmup:

Walked around, gave Brendon (hubby) a kiss for good luck. He is much faster than I and PR'ed himself today. It was an emotional morning, but one that I wouldn't change for the world.
Run
  • 2h 05m 45s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 09m 36s  min/mile
Comments:

The run started out well. Shot out too fast as usual. About 9 minute miles. That is too fast for me, ran to mile 3 at that pace. Deann had to pee again, so a stop at the porta potty...she is fast in there! Started back out...about the same pace. This is what started my thought of PR'ing today...wasn't planning on it, just wanted to finish actually. Saw a woman with a big pink ribbon on the back of her shirt. Didn't pay much attention to her until later...will get back to that in a bit.

Run was going well, still faster than I would like it to be. I am about a 10 minute miler. We actually got in a groove and played the game that we always play during a race...the marry, have sex with, and kill game...sounds horrible, but you pick 3 people and the other person has to say what they would choose to do with that person. Yes, strange, but, it really passes the time and this is all fictional so no harm done.

We ran without stopping until mile 8, then said, let's run a mile walk 30 seconds...worked well...fast forward 2 miles to mile 10...see the lady with the pink ribbon shirt on again...(I was diagnosed with breast cancer on 9/22/08 and am having a bilateral mastectomy on 10/21/08, yes Tuesday). She was not a pleasant sight at that moment for me. I said to Deann, if I have to look at that d#*m pink ribbon for one more mile, I will scream...came upon her and said I wam beating that pink ribbon to her and passed her by. A bit later, she comes up behind me and said "The pink ribbon lady is back!". I promptly told her that she was not going to beat me and to stay back. I think I scared her a bit, so I told her that I was having surgery in 2 days and that I did not want to think about it for just 2 hours. She then said she would support me for the rest of the race. Deann and I talked with her for a few minutes, then turned the corner for the finish line, we said see ya to pink ribbon lady and ran as fast as wel could into the finish line. It was awesome...broke down at that minute, but really felt fantastic about what I had accomplished that morning. And it was Deann's birthday, so a great way to celebrate.

I will kick cancer's AZZ!!! May be a bumpy road, but I will do it, just like I beat it today!


What would you do differently?:

Absolutely nothing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Post race
Warm down:

Went and got my Baker's Breakfast cookie...love those things, Brendon and Deann got a beer and went home and got the fam packed up and drove back to Wisconsin.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Nothin...did great!

Event comments:

Great SWAG, really well run!!!! It is a definite yearly event!!!!




Last updated: 2008-10-01 12:00 AM
Running
02:05:45 | 13.1 miles | 09m 36s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/303
Overall: 0/
Performance: Good
Course: Relatively flat...only a couple of little hills
Keeping cool Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? Yes
Evaluation
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 5

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2008-10-19 8:56 PM

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2008-10-20 6:24 AM
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CONGRATUALTIONS awesome job.....Now go kick cancers azz!!! 
2008-10-20 8:05 AM
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Congratulations. What an awesome race!
2008-10-20 9:01 AM
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"I will kick cancer's AZZ!!! May be a bumpy road, but I will do it, just like I beat it today! "

Great Race - and even better quote!  Congratulations!

2008-10-20 9:28 AM
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I don't hafta love Fiber, do I?  YUCK!  I guess it got you goin' though. Great job. 
2008-10-20 5:52 PM
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Great race! Good luck on the surgery, I know you will come back fast and strong!!!


2008-10-20 6:29 PM
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Great race Michele!! Now lets do a marathon together next year!! Kick some azz tomorrow girl
2008-10-20 7:00 PM
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Wow what a great race!  With a positive outlook like that you'll beat anything
2008-10-20 9:10 PM
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Super race..kicking it up..now go kick cancer tomorrow!!!
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