>> Monday, November 26, 2012
I'm putting Henry to work. He's in charge of writing the "Fast Before the Feast" 10K race report from our race this past Thanksgiving. (The only other race I did with Henry was the Lake Johanna 4 Miler from this past spring.) Henry, my blog is yours....
Hi dorks who read my Dad's blog. Henry here. I guess I'm supposed to write a bit about my race last Thursday. Here we go.
A few days before the race, I pumped up the tires of my stroller. I wanted a smooth ride during the race:
One of the trucks filling up with donations.
People starting to line up. Dad recognized the lady in the neon calf sleeves as speedy Melissa Gaecek.
Over 300 people lined up with us!
Me flirting with 2 ladies next to Dad (and eating raisins).
Dad's view pre-start.
Jason and Jerry on the mic.
With my hand in my box of raisins.
Singing just a few seconds before the start.
"5... 4... 3... 2... 1... GOOOOOO!"
Dad had to immediately jump around a few people who shouldn't have been lined up that close to the front. Dad took the first little curve WAYYYYY wide so he could pass a bunch of people to move into about 14th place. Here's the out-and-back race map, and he made that pass at the very top next to that little lake:
Still digging in my raisins box.
Then we had some downhill on a smooth, smooth road. It was smoother than my baby butt. And Dad took off! He seriously found another gear and used the weight of me in the stroller to go from 14th to 8th in a matter of seconds! Nice move, Dad! (His Garmin data had him at 5:10 pace for a while!) Once that hill leveled out, we ran a while and then hit the first mile marker.
MILE 1: 6:01.9. Whoa Dad! Didn't you say you hoped for 1 mile of the 10K to be sub-6? Well, if you didn't have to ease me off that curb 2 minutes ago, you would have had it here! Nice opening pace!
Still digging for raisins at mile 1.
Showing me and the other runners just after mile 1. Dad was in 8th.
Look at how sweet this road is! Smooth riding for me!
MILE 2: 6:07.3. Keep up that pace, Dad!
Around mile 2.5, starting to get a LITTLE sleepy.
MILE 3: 6:15.2. Still solid, Dad. That's about the pace you'd hoped to hold, so you're doing FINE!
About to hit the turn-around cones, with 4th place coming back on the left in white,
and 5th place just in front of us in black.
After the turn-around, we got a LOT of cheers from the other runners. I even heard MOMMA!!!!
Momma behind another runner!
Spunky Lisa in the middle, giving LOTS of cheers to me!!!
(She cheered for Dad a bit too, but she mostly cheered for me!)
Emily, another race entry winner from Dad's blog! Go Emily!!
MILE 4: 6:01.5. Holy buckets Dad! Keep this up!!
The runner just in front of Dad had b-e-a-u-t-i-f-u-l form. His foot-strikes were perfect, and he had NO wasted "giddy-up" in his kick. I could tell Dad didn't know if he could catch him. Dad worries about crap like that sometimes in a race... dummy.
Suddenly, the road up ahead was CROWDED! The 5K race (which started 15 minutes after the 10K) was meeting up on the course with us. Here's a photo of the SMOOTH runner in front of us and all of the 5K racers coming around that corner to the right:
MILE 5: 6:01.0. Dad, you're KILLING it!! Just suffer through this last mile, and you'll turn in a great time!
I heard Dad shout "Alright Joel's boys!" to 2 kids running the 5K. Then Dad passed Joel D, a runner he met years ago at a 5K race. Joel took a photo of his boys running the 5K with him, and this was just after Dad and I passed him - you can see the man with the SMOOTH and beautiful form in the orange shoes:
Great work, Joel's boys!!
Dad TOTALLY lost his running form on the final downhill once we reached the top of that hill. His stride was gone. He booked it down that hill, and turned back into the final 3 blocks of parking lots. He was gunning for 3rd place, but she (yes SHE - it was speedy Melissa) was just out of reach.
MILE 6: 5:51.3. Well Dad, there's your sub-6 mile for this race!
Dad hit the line in a big pack of 5K runners. He had a solid race!
The initial results posted at the race site had Dad in THRID place being he started a few seconds behind Melissa and maybe caught up to her a bit. But the final results posted online had him back in 4th (which was correct). Dad was beat by an 18-year-old, a 19-year-old, and speedy Melissa.
Steve Stenzel, 31, M, St. Paul, MN
5:59.85 / mile
4th out of 304 overall
6:01.81 / mile
18:53 out / 18:23 back (super unofficial)
Dad's pace graph:
Dad had spit on his lip when he finished:
Oh, DIDN'T I MENTION THAT I PASSED OUT AROUND MILE 4? Well I did. Dad's boring.
Random non-Mom people finishing the 5K and 10K.
Momma's sprint to the finish!
First of all Henry, when I ran "half-collapsed" on the stroller, I was being aerodynamic. It's a strategy. I wasn't dying. I swear. (Yeah... nobody's going to believe that...)
FOUR FINAL THINGS:
Henry slept as we hung around post-race, he slept while we loaded up the car, and he slept the whole way home. He woke up coming into the house after a 90 minute nap. Racing is tiring for my little dude!
Believe it or not, I did NOT step foot inside a porta-potty while at the race! This is the first race in a LONG time since that last happened. I kinda had to go pre-race, but there wasn't time. And by the time I'd finished, I didn't need to anymore. I can't be the only one with a "nervous bladder," right?....
My 37:16 finish is the middle of my 3 10K finish times this year. I ran a faster 36:47 at the Get in Gear 10K this past spring, and a slower 38:02 at the HOT Victory 10K in September. My PR is 36:46 from a few years ago (my only other 10K besides these 3 this year), so I was pretty surprised to just be 30 seconds off my PR! It was a good race!
And finally, stop on back for a GIVEAWAY tomorrow! They'll be lots of good gear in this "stocking stuffer" giveaway!