>> Monday, October 06, 2014
My "Loony Challenge" weekend started with a 10K and a 5K on Saturday morning. I ran with my camera for the 10K, so I have some photos to share.
Saturday morning, it was 38-40 degrees and SUPER windy. It was kinda brutal walking to the race start:
Pharmie, Angela, and Matt walking across a BREEZY I94 bridge. Matt and I were doing the
"Loony" (10K, 5K, 10 Mile), and the ladies were doing the "ULTRA Loony" (10K, 5K, Marathon).
Our backs showed our "loony" labels.
Cute portrait of Angela (left) and Pharmie (right). (Really, they were in there.)
This doesn't look cold, but looks can be deceiving.
A selfie with Marie! She's an old "race buddy," and she was doing the "Loony" as well.
"RUNNERS TO YOUR MARKS..... GOOOOOO!!"
I was too far back. I hopped onto the curb to pass a lot of people in the first block or 2. Then I found a good place to be:
Nearing the first mile marker (in front of my former college).
Starting down a hill, then up another to Dale Street.
After the turn-around, with the same guy in front of me.
Lots of people running out as we're headed back.
The woman in blue with her hands up was SCREAMING for "Steve in a Speedo!!!"
(Later, I'd learn her name was Laura after she contacted me through my Facebook page).
As my new friend and I were running with less than a mile left (again, about in front of my old college), a guy came up behind me and said something like "Awwww mannnnn!" My new friend and I laughed - I think we both assumed that he felt great he was gaining on me, but then saw my "Loony Challenge" label on my back, and that made him feel less "special" about catching us. But it turns out it was speedy Don Sullivan who was doing the ULTRA Loony Challenge. He said "I spent the last mile trying to catch you because I saw the label on your back, but you're REGULAR Loony, and I'm ULTRA Loony. I'm hoping to win this thing: shooting for sub-40 10K, sub-20 5K, and a sub-3 hour marathon." Don kept going in front of us.
Don in the yellow in front of us with just over a half mile left.
Across Kellogg at mile 6 and into the long finisher's chute.
(With Don in the ULTRA Loony Challenge still right in front of me.)
About to hit the finish.
Steve Stenzel, TC 10K
38:40, 6:14 pace
16 out of 2101 overall
1 out of 130 in the 30-34 age group
I passed 89 runners, and was passed by 2 runners between the start and the finish.
NEVER have I started running so soon after finishing a race - I was cold right away and needed to keep moving. I was PERFECT during the race, but I couldn't stop. I ran back towards our car and got a few photos of other people racing:
Heading down to the finish.
Using the downhill past the Cathedral.
These goes Angela!
I nearly missed Matt! Go Matt!
My lovely Pharmie heading to the finish!
Lots of 10K runners.
The juggler! (We have a guy who will do races juggling the entire way!)
"RUNNERS TO YOUR MARKS..... GOOOOOO!!"
I wanted to run around 6:00s if I could for the 5K. My legs were heavy up that hill past the Cathedral, but I was doing OK. I went out harder in 5:58 for the first mile (2:57.3 and 3:01.2). Again, just like the 10K, I had the lead woman just in front of me. I jockeyed for position with a few guys, and was usually somewhere around 15-20th.
At any little climb, my quads felt a little tired, but like the 10K, I just tried to mentally make sure I was running easy. Fast, but "easy." After turning back towards the finish, I ran mile 2 in 6:05 (3:01.2 and 3:04.1).
With about a half mile left, I head some BIG screams for me. Before I could see who it was, I thought "that sounds like Lisa." And it was. She snapped a photo of me as I ran past:
She captioned it "Crushing his 5k today - crazy if that's what injured looks like."
Steve Stenzel, TC 5K
18:38, 6:00 pace
20 out of 2575 overall
2 out of 96 in the 30-34 age group
I passed 59 runners, and was passed by 0 runners between the start and the finish.
I walked back up the course and found Steph and Jon (my wife's sister and hubby). We all cheered together until all of us racers were back together, then we got 1 final shot before going back to the warm car:
After our 10K and 5K.
In the ULTRA Loony, there were 96 total finishers, and Pharmie was 61st and Angela was 25th!
4 RACE NOTES:
• My "easy" 10K pace was just about 2 minutes slower than my 10K PR. I'm NOT saying I'm in great shape and could have easily PRed "if I tried." No. I'm saying that there's apparently a big difference in those 20 seconds per mile.
• If you want to do one of these races, do the 10K. The 10K was great. The 5K feels like you just get up the hill and get settled in, and then you're turning around. But the 10K was nice - we got to enjoy a lot of Summit Ave.
• Ummm... 1st and 2nd in my age groups! Wow! And 16th and 20th overall out of 2000+ and 2500+!! I felt pretty good about that.
• After these 2 races, all 4 of us felt pretty good. We worked our bodies, but our legs had something left for the next day of racing. (We hoped.) I felt like I did what I had to do - I put up some decent times, but didn't go TOO hard. I was still really curious how I'd feel the next day for the TC 10 Mile, but I was happy to have a 57:18 total time after day 1 when I predicted I'd be at 57:30.
When I was ready to hop in the shower, I had to laugh at how ridiculous I looked - I had my calf sleeves on along with my pink plaid shorts, and I also forgot I had arm warmers on UNDER my long sleeve shirt. So here's what I looked like as I was stripping down while having a hot drink before showering:
Starting a fashion trend.