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The Lost Files, Vol. IV

Virginia 10 Miler, LynchburgThis weekend I'll be running the Virginia 10 Miler in Lynchburg for the 3rd time. I'm not sure yet of my goals -- my legs are recovering nicely from my weekend 20-miler, but much work remains to be fully ready for a harder effort at that distance. I learned two years ago that a really long run the weekend before this hilly race and better fitness alone won't generate what I think should be PR.

Before I settle on those goals I wanted to complete my initial look back at my lost myspace files that led to my first Virginia 10 Miler in 2006 -- the first time truly racing a double-digit distance.

Vol. III left off with some confidence after a nagging knee injury in the final weeks of training. I headed into race day with a time of 1:30 in mind. Here's what happened -- a short and sweet race recap.

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2006 Virginia 10 Miler

Sunday, September 17, 2006 You gotta work the hill... don't let it work you. Current mood: sore

After nearly three months of intense training, it all came down to one day. I don't really have too much to say about the race right now. It's tough to put into words.

I easily beat my 1:30 goal and finished the 10 miler in 1:23 finishing 150th out of 500-plus runners. To put it simply, I left it all on the course. There will be no marathon for me this year, but I don't really care about that right now.

My goal at the beginning of this year was to do the 10 miler and I did it.

Depending on the condition of my knee, a marathon may never happen. I'm not giving up hope, but I'm not going to be stupid and hurt myself for the rest of my life either.

For now, I'm enjoying some off time from running, eating whatever I want for a couple of days and being thrilled at the accomplishment of running 10 miles in the time that I did.

I also wanted to thank all of you who have given me support, whether it be in an email, a note on myspace or verbally. It means a lot to me.

There's something about running that brings out a side of me I didn't know I had until two years ago and I hope to never lose touch of that. So expect to read future blogs about that ...