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Old 10-15-2006, 05:53 AM   #1
John Frazer
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Last weekend I ran the Army Ten-Miler in 1:27:53.

This was a PR by over 2 minutes from my best time 2 years ago. (That was a PR at the time, after 8 months of Crossfit.)

This year's training consisted of Crossfit + Coach Rut's "ME" template, with a few long runs over the past 3 months of 6-9 miles.

It actually felt fairly easy--last time I had a hellaciously sore iliotibial band during the race and for several days after.
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Old 10-18-2006, 07:19 AM   #2
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Great job, John!
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Old 10-18-2006, 07:52 AM   #3
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"It actually felt fairly easy--last time I had a hellaciously sore iliotibial band during the race and for several days after."

This is the true benefit of being truly fit and not just doing the motions of some ineffective exercise program. You can do more, and you can do it without causing low grade injuries. Good stuff.
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Old 10-18-2006, 11:37 AM   #4
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Nice time. It was my first year running the Army ten miler-travelling down from Canada. It as a well organised race, great support and what a beautiful city! I just wish I could have brought my wife and family down. It was great to be part of a race with 24,000 people although the line ups to the porta potties were a true test to the kidneys!
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Old 10-19-2006, 07:03 PM   #5
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Thanks, all, for the compliments. I was pretty proud of it, especially since I'd had a long week, culminating in a long day at a conference (in painful dress shoes) the previous day.

Kevin -- were you there with the Canadian Forces group? I saw the booth in the race expo.

BTW Kevin is being very modest -- he ran it in 1:16:50 (chip timed), so our paths wouldn't have crossed!

John
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Old 10-20-2006, 02:41 AM   #6
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Good job John, I think the only way I'd be able to do 10 miles is if a bear was chasing me through DC!

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Old 10-24-2006, 11:07 AM   #7
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John

Yes I was with the Canadian Forces group. Thanks for the compliment but I was forced to run hard to ensure I didn't get trampled by the thousands behind me.
Now that I know there is so much free stuff being given away at this race, I'm going to try and get down for next years!
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Old 10-25-2006, 03:40 AM   #8
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Kevin,

Great, glad to see Canada's effort to educate people here about our alliance.

We'll have to connect next year--this is an annual event for me. This year I didn't really feel like doing it--even the morning of the race--since I was worn out with other commitments.

Then, at some point during the race I always see people wearing T-shirts in honor of loved ones who died fighting for us. Then, I see Ray--the 60-ish gent with the crew cut who runs it every year while carrying an American flag. At that point I know I can't stop.
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Old 10-26-2006, 06:51 AM   #9
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Hopefully we can get together next year. I know for me it was very moving to see the vets finish the race who had lost a limb or were injured in Iraq cross the finish line.

As an aside, I know that there is a push here in the north to try and gather support to establish a Canadian Army 10 miler race to be run in Ottawa. We'll see what happens.

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Old 11-07-2006, 04:35 AM   #10
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Kevin,

I know what you mean. In 2004 I was flagging badly around mile 8, then passed a young, fit looking guy with a prosthetic foot.

I'm pretty sure he was the U.S. Army officer who'd lost his foot to a mine but managed to return to combat duty for a second tour, and wrote a book about it.

Drop a line next time you're down!

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