Sunday it was hot.
The race was at Delaware Park, a popular running spot for city-dwelling runners with a 1.5ish mile ring road close to downtown.
I parked and went to where it looked like the start line was on the map and found nothing, so I started jogging going faster as the clock wound down around the ring with 15 minutes to gun time.
Nothing. I finally turned around and found the start line with maybe 5 minutes left, sprinting up a grassy hill to the sign-in. Probably the last runner to register, and with the national anthem already being sung, I threw my packet under a shrub by a telephone pole and hoped it would stay there. Already sweating heavily, hasty shoe tying, bib-pinning, get up in front, bang.
One other guy went out with me, and I thought "he is welcome to maintain that pace because there's no way I'm doing it in this heat". After about 250 yards he slowed dramatically and I was alone to pick my way though casual non-racing runners using the loop. Bonus of the course: nowhere to get lost!
The rest of the story is easy: I was tired, it was hot, but it didn't matter. 2nd was 2:30 behind my disappointing 18:00 flat.
There was a big spread of fruit, bagels, water and juice, nom nom nom. And my packet was right where I had thrown it, so the race shirt came in handy to replace the sopping wet one that had been raced in.
The streak is likely done at 5. I may race on Thursday against an excellent trail runner, and even if that goes better than expected, Friday's big-money 4 mile will put a sure end to it, with touring sub-elites and the local burners all sure to be in attendance. It was fun
Smaller By The Day
FIVE IN A ROW!!! That's amazing. The way this race started would have wiped me out...lol Very impressive. I'm I reading that right? You have 2 more races this week!? I'm kind of jealous. I talked myself out of a race already today, and I REALLY want to race again...lol I may have to focus on shorter distances next year.
Weight 100 pounds lost
5K 31:02 Sept. 2012 / 23:36 Sept. 2013 (Same Course)
10K 48:59 April 2013
HM 2:03:56 Nov. 2012 / 1:46:50 March 2013
MARATHON 3:57:33 Nov. 2013
Congrats on another win!! This time from behind.
I race in SparkleSkirts
Congrats, Jay on another win!!!! Amazing!
Bonus of the course: nowhere to get lost!
Except in finding the starting line, lol. But, better before the race than on the course for a change right?
PRs: 5K- 28:16 (5/5/13) 10K- 1:00:13 (10/27/13) 4M- 41:43 (9/7/13) 15K- 1:34:25 (8/17/13) 10M- 1:56:30 (4/6/14) HM- 2:20:16 (4/13/14)
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'Bout time you won another one of these things.
Woohoo! Mr NumberOne! :-) Disappointing 18:00 my eye... Huge congratulations. Jay!!!
PRs: Boston Marathon, 3:27, April 15th 2013
Cornwall Half-Marathon, 1:35, April 27th 2013
4 years racing, 14 marathons, 14 BQs
Will run for scenery.
You'd better be careful : streaking can get you placed on the registered sex offender's list. Don't ask me how I know !
Okay, okay, I'll tell you how I know. I work at a college, and whenever you have drunken, stressed-out 20-year-olds it's a pretty safe bet that somebody's gonna end up runnin' around like a nekkid crazy person. I was talking to a campus safety dude once and he said one of his biggest fears was that some student would get picked up by city cops for harmless nekkid shenanigans. Once you're a sex offender, that shit don't go away.
Oh, and good race BTW.
Congrats on another win, especially in the heat with the stress of being late, etc. Awesome!
Damaris, Marathon Maniac, Ultra Runner
"The most powerful weapon on earth is the human soul on fire."
Glad you found the start, and congrats on another win!
Congrats again Jay. I think you'll give those others a run for their money in the upcoming races.
So let me summarize, Jay is fast (well not so in heat), and is map challenged.
My suggestion is to go hard on the Big Money 4 and use your winnings on a GPS. Helps tremendously in finding things on a map!
LOL, good speed workout.
YAYpril - B-Plus
You're pretty funny. Running late to a race and you still end up winning. Congratulations.
I'm dyslexic ...i thought i read "bout time you won one of these things."
anyway, glad the streak is alive..and congrats!
marathon pr - 3:16
Sheeit, you ain't foolin' me. You are not conceding defeat, you are just running the idea through your head. No different than a dozen different scenarios we think about leading up to race day.
That is some impressive stuff you're on right now, don't go down without givin' them a kick in the ass!
"Training is not always fun, but it should always be rewarding."
There's no way I'm cashing at the Subaru 4-Mile Chase - last year 15 guys ran sub-5 pace, with the winner at a blistering 4:31/mi.
But free entry with free beer afterwards is a thing worth attending.