I got my jacket!
Today’s race went well. I didn’t PR, but it was my fastest race this year.
The first mille was WAY too fast. I ran a ten minute mile. I do not run ten minute miles. Because of the first mile, my second mile was really slow. But overall everything evened out for a finish of 37:04.
Loco races are always the best. Not that they control the weather, but today was beautiful. The course was staffed well and free of traffic. Jeremy ran this race with me; his first race all year. The beginning was really congested, but overall it was a good race. Thanks to Loco, Smuttynose, Stoneyfield, and Newmarket for putting up with 1,500 runners and their families.
After the race, I had a quick Star Island Single (one of my favorites) and a slice of pizza, then I went and waited in line for my jacket. It was quite the line, but worth it.
It’s weird to not have a race scheduled, so I’m looking around for something to do. I also bought a bike.
It was a Craigslist deal. I’m pretty sure it’s only been ridden once or twice. It will be nice to have a non-running option on the really hot days.
Thanks for all the support whether from Facebook, Twitter, or comments on my last post. You guys are great.
Overall this was a great race. It was perfect running weather: warm, sunny, and breezy. As always everyone was in a great mood. There were enough porta-potties to keep the wait to a minimum I’m talking less than 5 minutes. The race started on time. There was plenty of traffic control. Thanks to Margarita’s and Loco for hosting a great race.
This is my second year running this race. My complaint from last year held true this year, there was no starting line or start mat. Because of this, it was impossible to gauge actual running time. In addition, my chip time was about 10 seconds longer than the clock time (their clock and my watch). I’ve never seen this happen before. Usually chip time is less than clock time. Oh well, it wasn’t a huge discrepancy, but I work hard for all the seconds I can get. Finally, there were a lot of little kids (under 10) running with their parents. This is great; I’m all for family fitness. But please, for their safety and mine, keep them from running all willy nilly. I nearly tripped twice over kids.
After the horror of my last race, I’m glad this one went as well as it did. I took a minute off my time from the Margarita’s 5k last year I went from 38:30 to 37:22; I even ran a negative split. I know it’s still slow and not a PR, but I’m happy with it. I plan to ride this high through the month of May, as I prepare for the culminating Will Run for Beer race.
We’re going to call it a PW (Personal Worst). According to my time, it took me 41 minutes. *Edit- apparently my chip time was 39:56, which is still bad.
Today I ran the Over the Rainbow 5k which benefits families struggling with cancer. The Great Bay Half Marathon occurred at the same time. The people at the front of the Half pack were fast. I was very impressed. This was my third race out of five in the Will Run for Beer series.
Before the race all smiles:
- Thanks to Stonyfield and Smuttynose for sponsoring.
- Thanks to the awesome volunteers and police officers. There were so many, and they kept the course very safe.
- Everyone was excited.
- There was Smuttynose Star Island Single at the end.
- The start line was much further away than I thought, so I was almost late getting there.
- Jeremy wasn’t there, so I was by myself.
- I couldn’t get my head in the game
- My right shin and knee were killing me, and I turned my ankle.
- Two Words: Negative Talk
- Wind down my nose and throat
Post race – no smiles not happy about 41 minutes
- I’m going to spend some time on the bike this week and give my shin and ankle a rest
- I’m will work on upper body strength between now and the Margarita’s Cinco De Mayo 5k
- I will not allow one bad race to keep me from running.
On Saturday, I ran my second Hangover Classic. The race wasn’t perfect. It was disorganized, there were crowds of people without direction, apparently some people got sent the wrong direction, and the timing was, to say the least, inaccurate. Even with all of those things though, I’m really glad I went.
It was such a perfect day. It was sunny and at least 50 degrees. I was completely comfortable in a long sleeve and a tee-shirt.
The race was at Salisbury Beach in MA with its lovely flat roads.
Due to the fact that I haven’t run since the beginning of December, it wasn’t a great race for me time wise. Although my first mile was 10:30 quite fast for me. Even though my overall time wasn’t great (37ish), it was a great time to be out in the sun and my first race by myself.
I took two sips of this warm Bud Light and left the rest. Here’s to more races in 2011.
This time last year, I had never run a 5k or anything for that matter. Because of that, the Hangover Classic and the Will Run for Beer series will always have a special place in my heart. I had every intention to train for this race. However, my three week long sinus infection plus Christmas kind of ruined that plan. My goal is to beat my first time (38), but I don’t know if I’d be able to beat my best time (35). Remember, I’m in the Turtle Club.
This will be the first race I’ve ever run by myself. Jeremy’s having some knee trouble, which means I’m totally on my own. There have been races where we haven’t run side by side, but at least I knew I’d see Jeremy lapping me.
Check out the forecast:
I’ve been playing around with the Galloway Method recently and plan to give it a try during this race. This will be a good race and a great way to start the year.
Let’s see if I can get a jacket this year!