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Patrick Crawford

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Mar 7, 2007

On the road to The Triple Crown

Sorry for the absence, but the invite to the blogger system expired.

This past Saturday was the Anthem 5K. The Saturday before I ran in the Run to the Sun. I did pretty good for myself in that race. I Ran it in 34 minutes:14. I ran out of gas the last mile at mile 3 the sign said 24:45. Based on that time I was really excited. I was thinking maybe in the Anthem I could run under 25 minutes.

But about Wednesday of last week, I started to develop that could junk everybody was getting. So I decided to take Wednesday, Thursday and Friday off from training in a effort to feel better for Saturday. Come Friday, I was miserable. I was coughing, runny nose, and little bit of a fever. I was disappointed, I knew I wasn't going to be 100% Saturday, if I could even do it. I went to bed early Friday night, but still my nose and coughing did not allow me to get a good night's sleep. Saturday morning came, I was determined to be there for the race, even if I had to walk it. I took some Bynadryl before the race and decided to run. It was a very difficult run trying to get enough air in a stuffed up nose. The important thing I did not give up. My time was 28 minutes and 35 seconds, my second best time for a 5K. Came in 2,373 place. I thought that was pretty good considering the circumstances, but I still wonder, what I could have done at 100%.

After the race Saturday, physically I felt terrible. My body was completely drained. At the end of the race I was very dehydrated from taking the cold medicine, despite the fact of drinking 3 16 OZ bottles of water before the race. But mentally, I was on cloud 9. I looked back at myself, a year ago and thought, there was no way I could have done this at 100% back then. Even back in October, when I ran in the Race for the Cure, I was thinking back then, maybe I can break the 30 minute mark for the Anthem. There I was in Anthem, ran the race In under 29 minutes, but I was disappointed. I just thought to myself, look how far I have come. Despite feeling terrible, it brought a smile to my face. An accomplishment in itself.

Bring on the City Run.

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About Me

I've never been considered an athlete; I didn't compete in sports in high school or college. I just started running in August 2006 as a fun way to keep healthy and stay in shape after losing 55 pounds. I've run in three races since then: the Race for the Cure 5K and the Outrunning Autism 5K in October and the Snowman Shuffle 4 Mile in January.

I'm currently training with the Running 101 group at Fleet Feet Sports, preparing for my first Triple Crown of Running. My goal is to finish each race. I also plan to run in the Kentucky Derby Festival miniMarathon.

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