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KRob
Posted 10/3/2004 12:53 PM (#70166)
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Well, I expected my first race report to be on the Chicago Marathon, thinking today's 5K would be relatively mundane, but...

After my marathon training spun off into training programs for my wife (Lynn) and our two daughters (Carolyn, 11, and Stephanie, 9), we all ran in today's Race For The Cure, here in Omaha, Nebraska. It was the first 5K for the girls, and although she has recently had a problem with bursitis, Lynn was hoping to better last year's time of 33:33.

I, on the other hand, was not sure what my race plan was. Originally, I figured a 5K would be no problem one week before my first marathon, and as the training progressed, I knew I could better my previous PR of 21:50 (which was set in this race last year). Of course, as taper madness set in, I began to get concerned about overdoing it. Then, after talking to Andrew "Newfie" Smith on-line, he sends me this PM:

    Well, I can't believe that you are racing the weekend before the Marathon...
    I did Omaha 1/2 last year before Chicago, and it messed me up.

    Take it easy, eh?

OK, now I'm worried.

Andrew and I met up for a nice run yesterday morning (my first live encounter with a V-Teamer!!), and I kind of feel him out for how concerned I really should be. He's definitely still in the "Take it easy" camp. Hmmm...

Anyway, with perfect weather and my being so proud just to have my whole family enthusiastically standing at the starting line, I realize that I could (read: should) just run along with my daughters and call this a great day. One minute to the gun, and "I can't believe you're racing the weekend before the marathon" is bouncing around in my head. Still not 100% sure of my plan, the gun goes off, and I find myself snaking through the crowd of about 3,000 trying to find some running room...and when I did, I was off.

By the half mile mark, I convince myself that Lynn needs to run her own race, and it's time to let the girls fly on their own, and I let go of any consideration of dropping back to run with them. I figure I'll do 7 minute miles and beat last year's time by about 8 seconds. As I hit the 1 mile mark, though, I ask someone for a split time (I don't wear a watch, and there was no on-course timing) and find out I just ran the first mile in 6:45. Again, "I can't believe you're racing the weekend before the marathon" invades my thoughts, and I have one last chance to reign it in and focus on the marathon....

Nah...I'm feeling great and there's only 2 miles left, so...I decide to live for the moment and maintain my pace, setting a new PR of 21:00...beating last year by 50 seconds. The best was yet to come, however, as I grab some water bottles and wait to see how my family does...

I see Lynn come around the final turn and the clock is approaching 30 minutes. She finishes strong and crosses the line at 30:21 for a new PR of her own. I congratulate her just beyond the finish line and say, "Let's get ready for the girls to finish...they could take another 10 minutes or might be here soon." With my next breath I yell, "There they are!" and reach the curb just in time to cheer them on as they sprint together to the finish line at a time of 31:50!

What an unbelievable feeling of pride! We all have new 5K PR's, and Stephanie asks, "Are there more of these we can do? That was fun." Yes, ABSOLUTELY!!

I still don't know if this race will affect my marathon performance next week or not, though I know Andrew's advice was wise, but...What a Race!...and...What a proud father and husband I am today!!
amlsmith
Posted 10/3/2004 1:01 PM (#70168 - in reply to #70166)
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Sweet results, Kevin.
I'll have to do a 5k and catch up with you... AFTER Chicago.
Take it easy, feel out sore spots (if you have 'em) and change mind-sets to 8x the disitance.

You were running really strong on our little Saturday jaunt; I'll try to keep up with you next Sunday.

KRob
Posted 10/3/2004 1:15 PM (#70170 - in reply to #70168)
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Thanks, Andrew!

And what a quick response. Were you waiting for my race report?

Saturday's run was just the ticket. Thanks for meeting me, and for your good advice (sorry I ignored it).

Despite today's too fast performance, I'll be well behind you next Sunday at a steady 9:00/mile. I promise.

- Kevin
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Posted 10/3/2004 1:18 PM (#70171 - in reply to #70166)
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I dunno... we talked, we ran, I think you can go faster than that... *IF* you think so to.

Coach'll be all over me for that advice!

Oh, and I was *kinda* waiting. While planning my onw demise and considering the Des Moines Marathon on the 17th. I need to talk myself outa that.
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Posted 10/3/2004 2:06 PM (#70178 - in reply to #70166)
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Kevin,

Now, that is a beautiful day!! How fun that you all ran the 5K and then all had PR's, too! It's so cool that your family can share a healthy hobby! Can't wait for your marathon report!! Cheers!
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Posted 10/3/2004 2:20 PM (#70184 - in reply to #70166)
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Way to go Kevin and family! I was really psyched last year when my daughters ran the MCM fun run (1 mile). WOW, a 5K for your girls. That is awesome!
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Posted 10/3/2004 6:44 PM (#70229 - in reply to #70166)
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Insane in the membrane, dude.  Enjoy the PR and REST!! 
Bob Winter
Posted 10/3/2004 6:50 PM (#70233 - in reply to #70166)
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Don't get no better than that dude-sicle!  Hope the good karma continues through next weekend.
KRob
Posted 10/3/2004 7:04 PM (#70238 - in reply to #70171)
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Thanks, everyone! And if there was anything at all serious in this quote...

amlsmith - 10/3/2004 2:18 PM

...planning my onw demise and considering the Des Moines Marathon on the 17th.


...then you officially lose your position as my voice of reason.
amlsmith
Posted 10/3/2004 7:21 PM (#70244 - in reply to #70166)
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I sprung that on my wife tonight over dinner. He he he.. the look she shot me.

She made a deal, if I can say that same phrase after Chicago (as in, RIGHT AFTER) then she'll drive me to DM. I put my money on feet up, resting up before I climb the CN Tower on the 23rd.
Paula-McKinney
Posted 10/3/2004 7:44 PM (#70256 - in reply to #70166)
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How cool is that?!! Congratsies to the Robinson family!!!
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Posted 10/3/2004 9:07 PM (#70273 - in reply to #70166)
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Congrats to you and your whole clan on all your PR's.  I'm sure you'll do just fine in your marathon next week.
KRob
Posted 10/6/2004 10:18 AM (#71428 - in reply to #70166)
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Thanks for the congrats.

The official results have been published. So, for the sake of accurate reporting, here are the official PR's:

Stephanie Robinson 31:51 (2nd in her age group)
Carolyn Robinson 31:50
Lynn Robinson 30:23
Kevin Robinson 21:01
kpopo
Posted 10/7/2004 3:52 PM (#71936 - in reply to #70166)
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Well, well, very impressive Robinson family!! Excellent job. Thank you for participating in such a noble event too!
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