>> Thursday, August 02, 2012
Do you know what I hate? Pre-game football commentators talking about how the game / season is going to go down. They're wrong more often than the weatherman, and they're paid more. I don't need their speculation... I'm here to watch a sport. They annoy me.
Do you know what I'm about to do? Speculate just like them. I hate myself sometimes.
The results are in after 9 of the 14 races in the 2012 MDRA "Grand Prix" running series. And nothing has changed for me since the 4th race - I'm still in the lead:
• Kirt Goetzke, #2. Kurt's a staple in MN distance running. To say he runs a lot of races is an understatement. A few years back, he ran 100 races in the course of a year, and each year he tries to beat the previous year by running 1 more race (or so the legend goes...). But he hasn't beat me at a race, so if I get 10 races in, Kirt's not an issue. (The same goes for racing buddy Omar, Rick, and Eric in 3rd, 4th, and 5th - they're all close, but if I get 10 races in, I should be good.)
• Patrick Russell, #17. Patrick was in the early lead, and SteveQ even told me something like "If you beat Patrick at any distance, I'll buy you a car." Well, I haven't beat Patrick, but he's missed 5 races. So if I only miss 4, I have him beat.
• Nathan Campeau, #20; and Michael Nawrocki, #30. These guys were major competitors early in the series, but they've missed too many races since then. Nathan beat both Michael and I at the Winter Half, and it was that race where I was TRYING to catch Michael! He pulled me to a strong finish!
• Scott Davis, #7. You've seen a lot of Scott in my last 2 race reports - he finished just in front of me at both the Rice Street Mile and the Run for Blood 5K. Of the 6 races we've ran together this year, I beat him twice, and he's beat me 4 times. But at the New Prague Half Marathon, I had a GREAT race and earned a lot more points than Scott. He's missed 3 races, and if he misses 1 more I don't think he can catch me. But if he runs the rest of the series (posting more points than his lowest-point-earning New Prague Half which means that score would be thrown out), he'll get me. I don't know if he's planning on running every race, but this might get close!
• Ben Merchant, #6. Ben's my biggest issue. You can see he scored a perfect 1000 at all but one of his races! He's a speedy dude! (He just ran a 16:33 5K and a 4:27 mile at the last 2 Grand Prix races!) But, he historically hasn't raced the "farther" races: notice that he's skipped the 2 half marathons and the 1 marathon. And last year he only did 4 shorter races in the series (but scored a perfect 1000 on all 4 of those). If he finishes out the series or only misses 1 more race, I'm toast - he's the winner. But if he skips the upcoming half marathon and the TC Marathon, I have a chance. Oh the drama!!!
A little birdie told me that Ben IS planning on racing the TC Marathon. Here's part of what I was told: "The fact that he did both Rice Street and Run for Blood makes me think he is tuned into the Grand Prix results. He may even want a perfect score if he runs the remaining races." And yeah, he could post a perfect 10,000 for the series if he does well at all of the remaining races. I think I'm going down. But at least it's to a speedy, speedy dude!
If Ben wins the series, the winner will have been the fastest runner.
If anyone else wins the series, the winner will have been the most consistent runner.
p.s. ALL of these guys are super nice (I've met most of them and chat with most of them at the Grand Prix races), and this "speculative" post is all in fun. Being we're over half way through the series, I just HAD to look at all of the runners like this, but no ill will is meant to anyone of course. And I don't want to try to win the series by wishing other runners skip a race or 2.
This blog post is something I think most people in my situation would think through in their head, but being I tend to over-share, I'm sharing this. I hope I don't come off as a jerk - just trying to see what the rest of the season might hold. Just like the football commentators that annoy me so much......
p.p.s. And can I just say I'm super impressed to see my former student Jeremy currently in 9th!! I told him about the series sometime around February, and he signed up right away and has done every race since! Nice work, Jeremy!