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J. Brian’s Tap Room 15K

June 3, 2012


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6 seconds.

6 seconds difference between my time last year and my time this year.  While a part of me is frustrated that I didn’t improve over last year, the other part of me is thrilled!  Thrilled because my first mile split was 9:44, thrilled because my running speed has improved over last year, thrilled because I paid attention to my nutrition this year.

I woke up race morning literally 500 ft. from the start.  My parents came to visit and we decided to stay in a hotel near the start.  It was wonderful waking up, getting dressed, and walking out the door.  No Puppy to take care of, no drive to the race, and no getting nervous because we’re having trouble trying to find a place to park.

The wather was perfect for running at about 55 degrees.  For once, I was dressed appropriately.  I could have gone without my long-sleeved shirt but I was glad I had it for after the race.

Since I made it to packet pickup the day before the race, the first thing I did was find where they were handing out timing chips.  After that, all I had left to do was warm up and wait for the start.  I did a quick 5 min jog to warm up and stretched my calf’s and IT bands.

Finally it was time for the race to start.  I started out well.  I was running what I felt would be a sustainable pace, although looking back it was really only sustainable for a 5k.  The course is an out and back with a few loops in the middle, so just before crossing the 1 mile marker, is the 7 mile marker.  Both last year and this year all I could think when passing the 7 mile marker knowing I hadn’t even gone a mile yet was “I wish I was going the other way right now”.  But I kept moving, skipping the first water stop, and trying to pass people just like I had the week before at the Tune Up Tri.  Among the maybe 2 people I managed to pass, one of them was a guy with a mohawk (remember him for later).

I walked the water stops, thinking it would be a nice little break and would help me keep a good pace.  Well I was wrong.  Once I got moving again all I could think was how much I wanted to walk again.  I made it to mile 3.8 before I gave in and started to walk.  I wasn’t tired, I just couldn’t seem to force myself to keep running.  At that point I was going up a small hill and told myself I could walk the hill and then would start running again.  That was about mile 4.  I made it to about mile 5.9 before I couldn’t make myself keep running and had to walk again.  This was excluding walking the water stops.

And that’s how my race continued for the remaining 3.4 miles.  Except each time I walked it became more and more difficult to start running again and then to keep running.

Remember mohawk guy from earlier in the race?  About mile 8.4 I had to walk again and thought “well at least mohawk guy hasn’t passed me”.  No sooner had I thought it, mohawk guy went running by.  NOOOOoooooooooo!  I tried to keep up, but I had to walk again just before mile 9.  I did manage to get myself to run from mile 8.9 through the finish, but couldn’t help feeling disappointed when I saw the clock at the finish line read 1:40 as I crossed the finish line.  The same time as last year.

After crossing the finish line I dropped off my timing chip and collected my finishers pint glass (this year’s glass is on the left).  I can’t say I’ve ever been happier to cross the finish line of a race and just be done.

My parents waited to check out of the hotel so I could change after the race, then we headed to a local winery!  I can never seem to walk out of a wine tasting empty-handed!

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