Tesfa 5K Race Report

>> Saturday, November 03, 2007

Or, “In Search Of A 19 Minute 5K.”

Or, “Wait...Wait...Did I Really Just Finish First?!”

Steph, her friend Amblyn, and I ran the 2nd Annual Tesfa 5K Run this morning. We all went to my brother-in-laws high school football game last night to get the weekend started. His team hasn’t had a great year, but they were playing last night to get into the state tournament. They won the last 2 in a row to get to where they were: they knocked off number 1 two games ago, and won their next game as well. They couldn’t pull this one off and they lost. Dang.



I had my typical pre-race shitty meals last night before and after the game: a Quesadilla and a gordita at Taco Bell, followed by a foot-long chicken onion teriyaki sub at Subway. I was ready to race!

The 5K today was at lovely Fort Snelling. It was one lap (plus a bit more) around Snelling Lake. Even though there weren’t any leaves left on the trees, it was still GORGEOUS down there! We showed up about an hour early in the cool 33 degree morning:


Steph on the left (Pharmie’s sister),
me in the middle, Amblyn on the right.

Steph grabbed my camera and took an awkward photo of me:



Notice that I was sporting the knee-highs for a second week in a row. Then I saw her taking photos, and I struck a sweet running pose:



I was also wearing (although hidden this week) my new lucky item for 2008. That’s right, my lucky tighty-whities were under my shorts. Would they be lucky today? Would they help me break 19 minutes? More on this to come...

The 3 of us warmed up, stretched, and summed up our competition: who could we beat, who was going to be a challenge, etc. Steph’s man-friend, Jon, showed up right before the start. He was the “spectator support.” Literally. It was just him and the race management group. It was going to be a small race. There were maybe around 50 runners. And Jon cheering for us all.

So, the race started, and I was in 2nd for the first quarter-mile. That’s right, I was running in 2nd place. Holy crap. Second flippin’ place! After the first quarter-mile, 2 guys passed me, as well as the man in first. For the entire middle of the race (1/4-mile through about 2 and a quarter) I was safely in 4th place.

I hit mile 1 in 6:12, and I was about 6 seconds off the lead. I ran hard in the middle of the race to try to hold that pace. It was tough. But I stayed in that position. I came up on mile 2 at 12:40 (6:27 second mile), and I was feeling pretty good. I started picking up the pace. I was working hard and “feeling the burn,” but I wanted to really run this one hard and proud. My mile 2 time was a little slower than I wanted it to be if I was going to break 19 minutes.

Around 2.25 miles into the run, I was gaining on the guy in 3rd. I ran up to him, said “good morning,” and ran past a few seconds later. Ahead, I saw the man in 2nd was starting to lose his stride. He was hurting. I knew I could get him. We climbed a little hill, and I was nearing him. We made our turn away from the lake, and we had about 0.4 miles to go. I overtook number 2. I was back in 2nd! I didn’t believe it!

Some good news and some bad news: with about a quarter-mile left, I realized that I wasn’t going to break 19 minutes. But I also realized that the first place guy was fading, and I had a shot at first! CRAZY!! I kicked it in high gear. I was coming up behind him just before the final turn. I figured that he’d hear me, and then kick my ass and burn into the finish line. But I got up to him, passed him, and held it. I HELD IT!! I rounded the final corner, and I heard Jon (the one cheerer) in the distance: “GO STEVE!!” I got closer, and I heard him say “IT MUST BE THE LUCKY UNDERWEAR!!” I smiled as I crossed the line. I had placed first! In 19:11.

I turned around and cheered for everyone else. Just a few minutes later, Steph came around the corner. She finished around 25:29. She’s been training for a marathon, and she was afraid that she didn’t know how to run fast. Fourty-five seconds behind her was Amblyn. She had a sprint to the finish to beat this middle-aged man. She totally smoked him! The girls did great!! We all had a great time!! (as always)

We went back to the main shelter to wait for the awards. This 5K was a fund-raiser for kids in Ethiopia, and Jon bought Steph a bottle of wine. Hey, it’s all for the kids!



Oh, check out the shirts:



Yep, that’s the shirt from LAST YEAR with the “6” of “2006” crossed out, and a “7” written over it. Sweet. Love it. Save that money for the kids. We were there early, and I got the last size medium. After that, it was just XL and XXL.

There were only awards for the top male and top female (as well as top male and top female dogs), so I was glad I was able to pass the guy in first. Here I am getting my medal and certificate:



Here I am looking geeky after getting my stuff:


Man, what a horrible photo.

Why did I win? How did I win? If you read my post a week ago, I think you know! It was the lucky tighty-whities!



By the way, in the original, uncropped version of the previous photo, you can see the legs of the woman who was the first female. She’s wearing short, tight shorts. It was all pretty amazing. Here you go:



You’re welcome.

We got home, and threw a bunch of meat on the barbie:



Don’t let that banana and pineapple in the background fool you – I ate ALL meat. No pansy fruits. We all stuffed our faces, watched a movie, and enjoyed our afternoon. I hope to run a few more 5Ks this fall and winter in the hopes of breaking 19 minutes. Maybe I’ll see you around!

31 comments:

cadesdad 9:30 PM, November 03, 2007  

Flippin' Awesome!

(ps. where does one buy a pair of lucky tighty whities)

Rainmaker 10:22 PM, November 03, 2007  

Sweet! Congrats!

And thank you for including the female legs in that photo to counteract seeing your underwear. It's appreciated. :)

RobbyB 10:51 PM, November 03, 2007  

Nice work! You run really fast! I need to find me a fast pair of tighty whities. Can I borrow yours?

Audrey 11:42 PM, November 03, 2007  

As attached as you seem to be to your underwear, maybe it's the knee highs that are lucky? Maybe you have to wear the underwear AND the knee highs now...

Spokane Al 12:46 AM, November 04, 2007  

You are one fast, humorous fellow - a great combination! Congratulations.

Marcy 5:50 AM, November 04, 2007  

Whooo HOOOO!!! Yup, it totally MUST have been the lucky undies. Skidmarks and all :P JK!

Rural Girl 6:39 AM, November 04, 2007  

Love the "good morning" like you're all just sitting around having coffee and doughnuts. YOU ARE THE MAN!!

Greyt Times 6:59 AM, November 04, 2007  

So, do you wash those from race to race? Or is it the build-up of luck that makes you go faster and faster each time???

TriShannon 8:55 AM, November 04, 2007  

Wow you are fast!!

Had to go back and read the previous few posts to get the full effect of reading about the lucky tighty whities. Too funny!

Tri-Dummy 9:25 AM, November 04, 2007  

That was sweet. You're turning into MR. 5K.

I love that you kicked everyone's @$$ in your socks! Awesome.

ShirleyPerly 11:39 AM, November 04, 2007  

Wow, a PR and a first place finish -- Does it get any better?? CONGRATS!

Allison 12:07 PM, November 04, 2007  

Rock star!! I think I need to rethink my racing underpants. Girls can wear tighty whities...yes?

Lisa - Slow & Steady 12:37 PM, November 04, 2007  

Good job! You crack me up with those socks and the undies. But hey...whatever works!!

RunBubbaRun 9:12 PM, November 04, 2007  

Dang, hairy and all, that is awesome time.. 1st place, congrats..

You are such a stud.. Chewy..

the Dread Pirate Rackham 11:29 PM, November 04, 2007  

so that must be what's missing for me - tighty whiteys give speed.

hrm.

I need to chew on this.

Spandex King 7:47 AM, November 05, 2007  

Wow!! What a running stud!!

Kim 10:02 AM, November 05, 2007  

STEVE, YOU ARE A RUNNING FREAK OF NATURE! f*$king awesome!

cindy 10:37 AM, November 05, 2007  

My gosh, you are fast! Your pictures are great, too. You inspire me to get back into "5K shape."

Mister P. 1:48 PM, November 05, 2007  

What's that on the counter? DIET Mountain Dew??!!! That's an affront to humanity. You are dead to me.

Lance Notstrong 1:56 PM, November 05, 2007  

Great race Steve and like they said in "Coming to America" - "anything for the kids" :-)

Erin 3:30 PM, November 05, 2007  

Hmmmm. So you're saying that it's all about the whities, huh? For a 19-minute 5k, that's worth looking into. Seriously, though, congrats!

Mister P. 5:28 PM, November 05, 2007  

< circle > yes < / circle >

tarheeltri 7:18 PM, November 05, 2007  

Nice race! Don't forget to give those shorts some credit too.

T-Storms 8:27 PM, November 05, 2007  

You are too funny. My boyfriend and I saw you and your tightie whities at the Monster Dash. He just shook his head while laughing hysterically!
FYI - you realize that most superstitious athletes don't wash their "good luck charms" least they be washed away of all luck.... I hope for your wife's sake that you don't take it THAT seriously.

Bigun 12:27 PM, November 06, 2007  

you are not allowed to crop photos anymore! What were you thinking, man!?!?!?!?

Kim 1:31 PM, November 06, 2007  

dude, i nominated your blog on raceathlete :)

Shawn 6:25 PM, November 06, 2007  

wicked awesome, congrats on the win!!!

LittleB22 12:07 PM, November 07, 2007  

Congrats on your accomplishment! That's one to remember! The food you bbq'd looked awesome but I was more excited seeing that Dt. Mt. Dew in the background....my favorite!!

Taconite Boy 1:41 PM, November 07, 2007  

Crap! Tac thought he was the only superhero.
(now sulking and kicking stone down street)

DaisyDuc 5:33 PM, November 12, 2007  

Must have been the tighty whities...hmmm perhaps I need my own pair??? Chcik tighty whities perhaps??

GREAT JOB!

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