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January 20, 2018 – Run 4 Missions

I’ve reached a milestone – race #100!

Run 4 Missions benefits the Valdosta State University Baptist Collegiate Ministries.  This is our 4th year participating in the event, and I ran my best time yet.  Turnout for the race is always good, and this year was no exception.  93 people crossed the finish line, after winding their way through the neighborhoods around the university.

Last year I finished in 1:02:05, and I set a goal of finishing at 50:00 or better.  My times have been steadily getting better over the last six months and I was hopeful that I could shave off a nice chunk from last year.

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The Shirt & Bib

The course is very similar to another that we run several times a year, but just different enough that I felt like I didn’t know where I was a few times.  There are a lot of twists and turns as well as a few slight hills, and usually little to no traffic.

I crossed the line at 49:32! Twenty-eight seconds faster than my goal.  My friends were waiting for me at the finish chute cheering me on.  I almost couldn’t believe it when I came around the corner and the clock came in to view.  Mission accomplished.

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In the finish chute (contributed photo)

My husband battled sciatica for most of December and wasn’t able to get in much training, and finished a few minutes behind me.  Usually he crosses the line first, so I savored my victory!

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Joey crossing the line (contributed photo)

The details:

Time:  49:32

Pace:  12:24

Splits:  Mile 1 – 12:04, Mile 2 – 12:30, Mile 3 – 12:30, Mile 4 – 12:28

Playlist:  Little Red Corvette (Prince), For All Tomorrow’s Lies (Berlin), Can’t Stand Losing You (The Police), Baby I’m A Star (Prince), Hey Jealousy (Gin Blossoms), No Excuses (Alice In Chains), Tunnel Of Love (Bruce Springsteen), Roxanne (The Police), Wouldn’t It Be Good (Nik Kershaw), Little By Little (Robert Plant), Rolling In The Deep (Adele), Immigrant Song (Led Zeppelin), Touch (Berlin)

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The Tribe (contributed photo)
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The Tribe (contributed photo)

Next up:  Chehaw Challenge 10 mile run.  Our longest run yet!

 

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