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You've heard the call - the Spanish accented sports announcer screams, "GOOOOAAAALLLLLL!!!"

That's how I felt Saturday when I jogged into Memorial Park in Manitou Springs with Chris Bittinger looking at his watch saying, "Guys, Aaron just finished in 1:27!"

The High Altitude Running Team invited me along for a training run on the Garden of the Gods 10 Mile course. This was my first chance to see the whole course - start to finish. It was a chance to size up my goal of 1:30. 

Finishing the training run in 1:27 was like getting your drivers permit - you passed the written, but you know there's a big test still to come.

Needless to say, now I need a new goal. 

I think 1:25 seems reasonable. We did take a three minute break in the middle with watches on pause - so my 1:27 is a bit deceptive. None the less, I'm excited to see what race day holds. 

My notoriously pessimistic alter ego keeps suggesting that I will hit the proverbial "wall" and be lucky to finish in 1:30, but I'm telling him to take up curling or ice hockey or some other sport that I don't care that much about. 

Running the course with a team did two things for me: it pushed my pace and kept me from pushing to fast at the start. 

Running with 1,000 people may have the exact opposite effect. But then, that may be my alter ego talking. 


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Comment by Amy (Arcuri) Perez on June 8, 2011 at 8:51am
ANIMAL!!!  Well done...you should feel good about this weekend. 
Comment by Alexis Smith on June 1, 2011 at 4:12pm

Way to go! You looked pretty fresh when we crossed paths out there on Saturday.

No place for pessimism, you sound well trained.


Comment by Tim Bergsten on June 1, 2011 at 10:18am
Way to go Aaron!
Comment by Brian McCarrie on May 31, 2011 at 10:43pm
Hey Aaron, that's so AWESOME! Congratulations! You beat me by a minute. I think that will be several minutes come race day.

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