>> Monday, March 25, 2013
Saturday was the Lake Johanna 4 Mile Race. It's free for MDRA members, so if the weather was nice enough, I was hoping to run it with Henry!
FLASHBACK: Here's a photo of my family before last year's Lake Johanna 4 Mile which was my FIRST race with Henry:
I want last year's weather back. All of Minnesota does. F*ck the snow.
Henry all smiles in his stroller! He ASKED to be put in there!
About 3 minutes before the start, with Henry getting a little sleepy.
(We pinned the blanket to the stroller in 3 spots to keep it from falling out.)
About 1 minute pre-start with glazed over eyes.
Lining up along Lake Johanna Blvd.
You can see Henry and I to the left - behind the guy with the white compression socks.
I immediately had to run a little sideways to pass some people.
Henry and I starting the race!
This is why everyone has been bitching about this year's weather.
Pharmie got a shot of the leaders in the distance about a half mile into the race:
Speedy Chris DeNucci way out there, and then a pack of 8 with me near the back of that pack.
Chris, "the pack," and me and Henry in 8th overall.
Chris WAY up there, and me in that pack.
Nearing the first mile marker, back in 9th.
A photo to prove I was running with the stroller! :)
Just before mile 1, I passed 2 people to move into 7th. Just after mile 1, I passed 2 more people to move into 5th.
Running in 5th behind some sweet purple tights.
1st and 2nd up there, with Henry and I in 3rd!
Oh, and NO SNOW last year. Damn it.
MILE 2: 6:01.7. "Consistant! Nice. But I was hoping to be a LITTLE faster on that smooth road."
Ron and Stephanie (from MN RED Running Club) were at a turn just after mile 2 helping to direct racers, and Stephanie said, "Steve, he's PASSED OUT!" I smiled and waved. It was strange running with Henry NOT in the carseat - I couldn't see his face. So it was great to know that he was doing fine ("doing fine" meaning "passed out"). Thanks Stephanie!
We headed up to the mile 3 marker which I knew was in a bad spot: it was on a rough road and at the bottom of the longest hill on the race course.
MILE 3: 6:07.1. "Not your 'mentally strongest' mile, but let's just go hard to the finish!"
Shortly after mile 3, heading up the nasty hill in 5th place.
(Chris is in 1st at the very top, 2nd is in white, and 3rd and 4th are right in front of me.)
(The dip in pace just after mile 3 is from climbing that dang hill.)
2nd place to the left, with me in a battle for 3rd to the far right!
2nd place finishing in about 23:50.
The downside to having the Garmin strapped onto the stroller handle is that I could
see it the WHOLE TIME! Why did I need to be glancing down at it with 200 feet left?!?
Shooting for 3rd.
Monster strides from both of us as we raced to the line!
Finishing in 4th in about 24:10.
A few seconds after finishing... Henry was still totally passed out.
Oh... and "hi" from my nipple.
Steve (and Henry) Stenzel
6:02.50 / mile pace
3rd out of 20 in the 30-39 age group
4th out of 157 overall
5:58.02 / mile pace
The spike in speed at mile 1.5 is when I kicked my way to 3rd place,
the dip at mile 2 is where I was passed (back to 5th),
big hill at mile 3, and usable downhill at mile 3.5.
Just a few minutes behind me was Michael and his daughter. He saw me getting ready to line up with Henry and asked "Are you racing with the stroller?" I said "Yep! Are you?!" He replied "Well NOW I am! I'll be back in a minute - I've got to go get it out of my car." So here's Michael and his daughter coming to the finish:
Afterwards, he joked that he was the "last place stroller." I told him "no, you're
the SECOND place stroller!" That sounds better, and is equally true. :)
Julie finishing with around a 7:00 average!
Henry still asleep after a little cool-down walk.
After playing with a corgi!
(Aaron was also the one with the great diving form from the swim meet a month ago. He also got 4.05 miles on his Gamin at this race. The race had a slightly different route a few years ago, but when a big condo complex went up, we lost a mini "short cut" through a little neighborhood just after mile 1. I don't think they've adjusted the start / finish line after the course was adjusted. Not a huge deal.)
So the 3 of us headed home to meet some family.
Wet foot prints with Momma.
Running back to the car.
And in related "stroller racing" news, did you read my last post about a Dad losing his fight with cancer who just WON a marathon while PUSHING A STROLLER? It's kind of fitting for this post.
Have a good week!