The big day and the FAST run

By Skip

So the big day was pretty exciting.  I had been concentrating on doing the right things, watching every step so I wouldn’t twist my ankle, etc.  The night before I was looking at what to eat thinking about all the blog posts I read.  For sure I was not going to eat heavy and no seafood.  I ended up eating this HUGE hamburger and fries.  Good nutrition there Skip!

I woke up early on race day to start hydrating myself.  Had an energy bar a couple of hours before the race and started to get a little bit nervous.  When literally walked across the street from our hotel to the starting line.  Talk about convenient!  I started to look around at my competition…. looked pretty fierce.  The had about 150 people register for the race…… and they all looked like they were professionals!  But then again, they were probably thinking the same thing about me!  After all, I was about the only one there with my OWN race belt.

While I was messing around on my iPhone and getting the “technology” ready for my run, I lost track of what was going on around me.  In just a few seconds the starting area had filled up and I found myself in the middle of the pack!  This was about 20 feet behind the starting line… wait a minute, this sucks!

The race started and I headed out quickly moving around some of the slower people around me.  I quickly realized that all of the technology I had planned for the race had failed me!  At least I had my music going to keep me on pace so I decided not to mess with anything else.  I quickly set into a nice little groove and moved on.

About 1 mile into the race, things around me starting changing.  I started passing people and I could see people struggling already… what?  We are barely into this thing!  There was one kid in front of me that would not let me pass… whenever I would try to pass on his left he would move in front of me.  When I would go the other direction, so would he.  He was watching my shadow and purposly doing this!  I figured as long as I was at my normal pace I will just stay close to him.  It just bothered me a little bit to be so close on his heels.

About a half mile later we turned a corner, I took the inside route and never saw him again.  So at this point we were about half way through the run and I took a look behind me….. where is everybody?  I look ahead of me and saw a few people in the distance so they must really be kicking my but because I don’t see a bunch of people.. only about 20 or so.

Hmmmmm…. confused at this point, I trekked on, this time moving a little bit faster than my normal cadence as I got into a groove with a couple of other runners.  Half mile more and I am starting to feel the strain a little bit as my heart rate was higher than it normally was at this point in my run.

With about 3/4 of a mile left I turned up the speed a little bit and overtook the person I had been pacing with.  I then noticed a couple more people about 100 meters in front of me that seemed to be slowing down… A combination of that and me speeding up, as we headed into the last 1/2 mile I was able to overtake them.

As I rounded the last corner and could see the finish line, I REALLY turned up the jets.  Quite honestly, I can’t even remember crossing the finish line I was so exhausted!  However when my Wife told me (who was waiting patiently at the finish line) what my time was, I didn’t believe her until she showed me the video… 21’54”    Repeat that please?  That is TWO WHOLE MINUTES faster than my personal best!!!

Well that time WAS accurate and I ended up finishing first in my age group and 10th overall.  Not bad for a 40 year old who just started to learn how to run in January!

So now the next race is a week from today… I hope my body recovers before then!

Filed in: 5K, Race, Running • Saturday, May 1st, 2010

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