AirForceRunner finds closure at the Army Half.

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AirForceRunner finds closure at the Army Half.

Postby AirForceRunner » Sun Sep 20, 2009 3:32 pm

I could say a lot about this race, but I won`t. Just a play by play will suffice.
Started back around the 2:20 pace bunny, as I couldn`t find my training partner until about 8:50. Gun goes and the shuffle begins. The first 3 km go by at 5:00 pace, and then I decide to `shake`my training partner (we had a vendetta in this race). That would be the last I saw of him.
Kms 3-6 go by in 4:25-4:35 range, with the plan to drop into the low 4:20`s, but then I started feeling heat in my feet. This was quite unexpected, so I was a bit worried.
Next 3 km go by in roughly 4:40 a piece, as my feet are getting worse. This is pissing me off, because its usually my knee that hurts. I`ve somewhat learned to deal with that...this foot thing was something else.
Had no problems with the Heron Hump fitness wise, but after that, the long bending downhill wrote off my feet for good. I would run until I couldn`t stand it, and then turn and walk backwards, hoping to find my training partner. Sadly, he was too far back.
Eventually stumbled home in 1:47:40 chip time. Upon returning to the hotel room, I removed my shoes, and my feet are riddled with blood blisters...yeah, nice and deep. What the hell. I even have a blister on my hip :shock: . Not to mention the slight scream I let out in the shower as I forgot the duck-tape for my nipples. Yeah, they`re pretty much sanded off. :shock:
10 km - 47:17
Next 11.1 km - 1:00:23 :oops:
I shouldn`t complain....it is a PB by 1:30. But my previous forrays into the half distance have been ugly. On the plus side, I had a super time at the M&G, talking about running, RM history...and pole dancing. :lol:

So thats it sports fans...AirForceRunner is retiring his wings for now, as well as his username. :( Time to change it to something more appropriate (and wonderfully dramatic). 8)
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Re: AirForceRunner finds closure at the Army Half.

Postby Spirit Unleashed » Sun Sep 20, 2009 3:37 pm

Glad you purified your psyche...you have bigger things ahead. Peace be with you.
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Re: AirForceRunner finds closure at the Army Half.

Postby bunsontherun » Sun Sep 20, 2009 3:38 pm

You can't retire your wings now, I just got to know you. :wink:

Congrats great perseverance running through your injury and blisters to get a PB. Sorry about your nips man.
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Re: AirForceRunner finds closure at the Army Half.

Postby scrumhalfgirl » Sun Sep 20, 2009 3:40 pm

A blister on your hip - how did you manage that one? Congrats on the PB - I hope you'll be sticking around here, even in your hiatus.
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Re: AirForceRunner finds closure at the Army Half.

Postby ian » Sun Sep 20, 2009 3:48 pm

For all your experience running through a painful injury, you apparently never got a chance to practice running with uncomfortable "flesh wounds". This PB is a great way to go out, especially since it isn't too far out of reach for the triumphant comeback.

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Re: AirForceRunner finds closure at the Army Half.

Postby VeloCarrie » Sun Sep 20, 2009 3:52 pm

Great PB and thanks for the injury visual! Yum! I hope these 18 months go by quickly. You have the fitness and the speed though to come back fast! It was nice to meet you at a M&G though and not see your goofy smile go by at breakneck speed! :D :P
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Re: AirForceRunner finds closure at the Army Half.

Postby Run26.2 » Sun Sep 20, 2009 3:55 pm

Way to tough it out....congrats and good luck my friend!
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Re: AirForceRunner finds closure at the Army Half.

Postby HCcD » Sun Sep 20, 2009 3:56 pm

bunsontherun wrote:You can't retire your wings now, I just got to know you. :wink:

Congrats great perseverance running through your injury and blisters to get a PB. Sorry about your nips man.


When Airforce meets Army .... :shifty: :

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Re: AirForceRunner finds closure at the Army Half.

Postby dgrant » Sun Sep 20, 2009 4:05 pm

Good luck with your next year, I'll likely be rooting for your recuperation as much as I do for others' race results. Get this problem sorted out and then come back and take your shots. You're a really fit man and it'll all come back quickly.

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Re: AirForceRunner finds closure at the Army Half.

Postby ratherBrunning » Sun Sep 20, 2009 4:23 pm

Way to fight--congrats on your PB! Take care, we're rooting for you!
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Re: AirForceRunner finds closure at the Army Half.

Postby drghfx » Sun Sep 20, 2009 5:07 pm

Way to end this phase of your rubning career. Rest up and heal and then come back even stronger!
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Re: AirForceRunner finds closure at the Army Half.

Postby krazyrunner » Sun Sep 20, 2009 5:42 pm

Sounds familiar (although much faster). Hope you bounce back from the running break feeling great and looking to set even more PBs.
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Re: AirForceRunner finds closure at the Army Half.

Postby Tred Miller » Sun Sep 20, 2009 5:51 pm

Once a runner; always a runner. Take care of the knee and congrats on the PB.
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Re: AirForceRunner finds closure at the Army Half.

Postby runlolarun » Sun Sep 20, 2009 5:59 pm

You are one tough and determined man. Congrats on the PB . As Spirit Flower so well said, peace be with you Good healing and looking forward
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Re: AirForceRunner finds closure at the Army Half.

Postby mcshame » Sun Sep 20, 2009 6:51 pm

I have mixed emotions. I last remember that you stopped running due to your knee injury, excited to see you were running again and sad to see that you will be letting it go (for a while). Great job in running this half and hope that you will be able to come back for more in the future.

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Re: AirForceRunner finds closure at the Army Half.

Postby Nicholas » Sun Sep 20, 2009 8:39 pm

Wow, nasty, bloody things on your feet!! A nice PB but a real tough way to get it and a real tough way to finish up this chapter of your running life.
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Re: AirForceRunner finds closure at the Army Half.

Postby JLA » Sun Sep 20, 2009 8:46 pm

Wow, I'd never have guessed re. the agony of the (blistered) feet - you were all smiles when we shouted you down near the end! Best of luck with the surgery and recovery...I'm glad you've had closure, but here's hoping you'll be re-opening the delightful can of worms that is running again real soon.

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Re: AirForceRunner finds closure at the Army Half.

Postby msdesigner » Sun Sep 20, 2009 8:50 pm

Well done buddy! Not your whisper goal but still a bang to end this leg of the run. Sorry to hear about the flesh wounds but they will heal quickly. Your knee will take a bit longer but play it smart and you will be changing your name to "Once Again A Runner". It was really nice to finally meet you today. Pole dancing.... so this is your prescribed exercise for the next 18 months?!!? Ha! :D
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Postby Robbie-T » Sun Sep 20, 2009 8:52 pm

That's the way to go out in a blaze!! Good one.
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Re: AirForceRunner finds closure at the Army Half.

Postby LisaB » Sun Sep 20, 2009 8:58 pm

Congrats on the PB!!! Good luck with this next phase you're entering.
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Re: AirForceRunner finds closure at the Army Half.

Postby Marg » Mon Sep 21, 2009 5:19 am

Ouch Rick, sounds like you had your fair share of pain points!!
Great to finally meet you, albeit briefly.

Rest up now, then get through this next chapter and keep us posted on how things are going!

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Re: AirForceRunner finds closure at the Army Half.

Postby Darth Tater » Mon Sep 21, 2009 9:15 am

That just sounds like a very painful PB! Way to gut it out. :clap: :clap:

I too am rooting for your recovery and comeback. :D
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Re: AirForceRunner finds closure at the Army Half.

Postby AirForceRunner » Mon Sep 21, 2009 9:17 am

scrumhalfgirl wrote:A blister on your hip - how did you manage that one? Congrats on the PB - I hope you'll be sticking around here, even in your hiatus.


The shirt I raced in has a small side pocket with a zipper near the bottom. I'm not normally a 'tucker', but I had tucked my shirt into my shorts, and the zipper rubbed up and down (I'm guessing).
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Re: AirForceRunner finds closure at the Army Half.

Postby La » Mon Sep 21, 2009 11:43 am

Wait a sec, how come you lined up with the 2:20 bunny if you were running sub-5/km?? :?

Alright, so no running for a little while... have you made your way over to the Dark Side yet? :twisted:
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Re: AirForceRunner finds closure at the Army Half.

Postby trixiee » Mon Sep 21, 2009 11:53 am

HCmD wrote:
bunsontherun wrote:You can't retire your wings now, I just got to know you. :wink:

Congrats great perseverance running through your injury and blisters to get a PB. Sorry about your nips man.


When Airforce meets Army .... :shifty: :

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