Wow, what an experience!! The Henry Coe Park 5 and 10k race was awesome! It was a ridiculous day overall, with the race and then the filming, but the pictures are more fun than detailing all of this hehe
The bald guy in the green shirt is my roommate Donald, one of Billy’s oldest friends from childhood. He is the perfect roommate, and I will have to write a whole blog just on him soon!
Billy and I created an “Adrian” gang sign to throw up while we were waiting on the race start. Should my Jersey Shore name be “A-Wow”?
Donald didn’t manage to capture the race start, because it was so crowded and the race start was narrow. So the race itself….wasn’t so bad! I had my iPod playing my training music, but I ended up skipping over the Lady GaGa that had been so prevalent in my training. I opted instead to listen to New Found Glory, Jimmy Eat World, Skillet, The Almost and Fire Flight. I have found that good music makes all the difference when I run, and it was true for the race as well!
One thing I hadn’t trained for or expected were the water crossings! The race was straight in and back, with a turn around at the first water station for 5k, which took us over 6 creeks that ALL had water in them each way. Normally, this time of year all of the creeks would be dry, but the late rains kept the creeks wet. 3 of the creeks had a little over a foot of water in them or knee-deep on me, whereas the other 3 were about ankle-deep. Running with water-logged shoes was the equivalent of adding about 4 pounds of extra weight to my feet, which made for a tough run, especially up the hills that dotted the course. I kept up my pace, even with the added water, and was able to weave through the other racers and charge up hills. It took me about a half mile to actually start looking around, and seeing the beauty of Hunting Hollow, with the sun yellowed grasses, the oak trees and absolutely gorgeous blue June sky! The dry dirt path was extra stirred up by all of the runners, so I tried to move out of the packs and pass runners whenever I could. It was incredibly difficult to swallow with the dry throat the dirt created, and at the water station I had a crazy hard time drinking water, and ended up spitting most of it out. Accidentally.
All through my training I was ending the last 1/8th of a mile in a sprint, but the end of the race where I would be sprinting (also where we began the race) was one of the wider creeks, so I had to hop through that and use the last 100 feet to sprint with soggy shoes…not a very good combination! I ended up running the 5k in 30 minutes and some seconds that I can’t remember now, so I made my goal of under 31 minutes! Tiffany’s husband Tom quoted a FaceBook update of mine from January 21, 2010 where I said I was run/walking 3 miles in 40 minutes, and set a goal to get down to 30 minutes, and I got that too, it was awesome to see where I have come from in the last 6 months.
You see that LAKE behind me? I had to run through it, TWICE!
Giving my bib number to the time guy, I was still trying to catch my breath but I was thrilled to be done! Check out how wet the legs of my shorts got from trudging through the creeks!
Oh please, no more pictures! I was so sweaty, tired, and so over pictures of me in the previously mentioned state.