If you haven’t read my earlier post about the race and want to go scientist over my Garmin stats, check this out here:
Ok, so I finally ran a race again. Someone call CNN, it is a miracle. It wasn’t my finest effort or even a great effort, but I was out there. Let me say before I get too far out there and forget, many thanks to everyone that sponsored this event as it was a blast. Thank you to the Skirt Chaser series, Oskar Blues Beer (like you haven’t heard me talk of them enough), Chipotle for the free burritos (there are still 3 in my fridge), XOOD sports drink (hook me up and I will gleefully pimp your product as it is very tasty and well made), and power bar for the bags I toted my SWAG around in.
As for the race, it is a good course with a few inclines that I was not expecting. In fact I came into this race with very few expectations as I decided to run this race 3 days before the event, so I was very ill prepared. Under trained, under hydrated, and still buzzed from a few too many beers the night before.
If you are not aware of the Skirt Chaser Series, all of the females get a 3 minute head start over the males, trying to make it an even race. As I was not sure of how well my hip/lower back would hold up and I have not run a race since the Rock and Roll San Diego Marathon last May, I started off very slowly with a group that consisted of a few weekend warriors, a few guys in sombreros, and a Cross Fit group that was very excited to be themselves.
We got there early which was good as it gave me plenty of time to get registered and to walk around trying to get the anxiety out of my system. I think I had so much anxiety built up as I have not “raced” in almost a year, and I had not been doing a lot of quality training. I saw the Oskar Blues bus and wanted to get onboard to sample every can they had, but I did not.
The women had a 3 minute head start over the male, which I could have cared less about, but once they left I was thinking about one thing-how many can I catch. Once the race got underway I felt surprisingly comfortable with the main group I was pacing with. It took me about a mile to discover that the group I was with was doing slower than 10 minute miles. I knew that I did not want to push things due to my hip and back, but I was feeling good and decided to pick it up a bit as long as my body responded well. I was able to get parts of my last mile to around 7:00 minute per mile pace and beat every one of the crossfit group (my real goal once I got to the start line-especially the dude with the bandanna who was apparently bumping into people at the start on purpose).
<Flashback> There are times in life where you look up and realize that there are some in this world who will dominate you no matter how hard you kick it. One of these moments came for me early in this race. I was running on the left side of Mill Avenue over the bridge when a guy came running directly at us telling us to get over as the lead racers were coming back. I have been in enough races and seen this scene over and over again where it takes several minutes for the lead racers to actually go past you. Well on this day those several minutes were actually about 15 seconds as Sally Meyerhoff went blowing by. I looked at my Garmin 405 and saw that I had eclipsed all of .84 miles. Yeah, I can admit that. She was less than a mile from the finish and I had yet to settle in with my pace. Sally by the way, has won the last 2 (now 3) Skirt Chaser 5K’s in Tempe.
As for the rest of the race, I felt good for the most part. I stopped for a drink at the turnaround point as I was so dehydrated. Thankfully the person handing out cups felt my pain as they gave me a Dixie cup with about .80 ounces of water in it. There were a few decent uphill portions of this race, but most were followed by decent down hills. When I got to where I could see the 3 mile sign I decided that my body felt well enough to where I could let it rip and see how many folks I could go by. In the end I think I passed around 100 females, and felt really strong at the finish. Having perfect hindsight, I think that I could have kept the motor hovering around 8:30 pace for the entire race…but whatever-I don’t own Madden street race ’10.
Again, thanks to all of the sponsors for making this race so much fun, I highly recommend doing one of these events if they are in your area this year. Maybe you can get some cool Oskar Blues necklaces as finisher’s medals!
Now my next big goal is to lay off the beer for a few weeks, then rip up about 10 miles per day in Sedona February 26th thru March 2nd.
And if all works well, soon I will be training and living near the US Olympic training Center in Colorado Springs! But that is another post.