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It wasn’t pretty, but I did it. I ran my first 10K (6.2 miles) on Sunday. Jeff and I ran the Nike+ Human Race in Austin. My goal for the run was to make it in less than an hour. I had been working on my pace for several weeks and got it down to 10 minutes per mile, so an hour shouldn’t have been out of the question. However…my training was indoors on a treadmill with the incline set to zero. I wasn’t prepared for the heat or the hills.  The race started at 6:30 pm in downtown Austin, about a bajillion degrees out surrounded by concrete and buildings.  There were approximately 15,000 runners (yes, that’s 15,000 just in Austin).  Imagine a sea of runners (all wearing the same red shirt) snaking their way through the streets of Austin.  It was a pretty cool experience, but I will never again run a race late in the afternoon during one of the hottest summers on record.  All in all, I’m ok with my time, I only finished about seven minutes behind Jeff.

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