>> Monday, March 21, 2016
Or, "My FIRST Race on an Running Team!"
Or, "Battling Past Some Usual Race Buddies."
Or, "Debuting Some NEW Shorts!"
After a beautiful and warm 30 days or so, we woke up to this on Saturday morning:
I Instagrammed this: "Not the preferred view when heading to a road race... #OGarasIrishRun"
In our jerseys for the first time!
Wearing my multi-colored arm warmers from my triathlon in Israel 2 years ago.
For the time being, I'm calling these my "nude shorts."
An icy situation up and over that hill 2 blocks in the distance.
444 8K runners and 184 5K runners = 628 runners taking off! (This pic is from Tom Rs
camera - he had a friend on top of the bridge seen in the last photo. Thanks Tom!)
Same photo, only with an arrow. Hey, that's me!
The pack hitting the hill. I'm still visible to the right.
Now I'm REALLY visible as I dodged a puddle!
That's my foot in the lower right. Next to Jenna (63) and Nathan (90),
with Angie next to Nathan, and Evan just behind him in orange.
My first mile was solid: 2:49 and 2:53 for a 5:42 mile. Nice. A good opener.
The street was a bit icy/slushy in spots, but staying in the car tire tracks was good. Nathan and I were still together running in a pack of 6: the 2 of us and 4 women. Being this race is the MN USA Track and Field season opener, it draws out the speedsters. Mile 2 was slowing up a bit, but still OK: 2:54 and 2:59 for a 5:53 second mile.
Suddenly I realized that Evan was running past. (My race buddy who beat me in every race at the 2015 TC Loony Challenge, and who I was able to beat in my final kick 2 months ago at the Securian Run Half Marathon.) THIS WAS THE FIRST I REMEMBERED THAT THIS WAS A "GRAND PRIX" SERIES RACE AND THAT I NEEDED TO TRY TO BEAT MY FRIENDS WHO WERE DOING THE SERIES! Those friends include Nathan and Evan! I was so concerned with this being our first race as a team, that I forgot I needed to be racing hard for the series too! Well, time to try to stick with Evan!
Mile 3 included the turn around (in front of my old apartment): the first half was slower in 3:01, and the second half was where it needed to be in 2:54 for a mile 3 total of 5:55.
Here's a pic from Tom R again that shows the thin trail of runners heading back toward the finish (we had to dart off the frame to the right to go under a little overpass on Hamline so they didn't have to stop traffic on that busy road):
Cathedral and downtown in the distance.
Up and over the final bridge: Dan Greeno (228) out kicked Jeremy (330) by
3 seconds to take the win. IN 24:42! THAT'S 4:59 PACE!
The leaders (and lead biker) heading down the hill
to the finish (with some 5K runners in front of them).
Evan and me to the right.
Passing a 5K runner with an unfortunate "tuck."
Close up. Evan has some of THEE BEST "final kick" faces.
Garmin pace: slow up the bridge, fast down, and then slow at the turns under
Hamline at 0.5 miles. A dip at the turn-around, then slowing to 7:01 pace
up the hill at the end, and ending at 4:54 pace down the hill to the finish.
Steve Stenzel, #582, 35, M, St. Paul
5:54.06/mile pace (5:52.00 Garmin pace for 5.00 miles)
14:41 first half, 14:39 second half
65 out of 444 overall
62 out of 231 males
7 out of 26 in the 35-39 age group (first race in the new age group!)
Start to turnaround: passed 69 runners and was passed by 1.
Turnaround to finish: passed 5 runners, and was passed by 0.
7 POST-RACE NOTES:
• I thought I had a PR (and I tweeted that I did post-race), but then I remembered my 2012 8K finish of 29:15. So I was 5 seconds from a PR. Dang.
• Speaking of twitter, Evan tweeted me post race. He's ready to race again:
• My team did well! We had enough runners to score a full men's, women's, and masters' team. I'll be back with a post showing more photos of them, as well as our team results.
• My legs held up well for the race. Sure, it was a short race, but it contained some speed, and I haven't been doing much speed work lately. If anything, my lack of speed work made me legs feel BETTER post-race. (By not doing speed work, my final kick isn't nearly as fast, which in turn makes me hurt less once the race is done.)
• My left calf was a LITTLE tight/sore the day after the race, but nothing unusual. I was hoping it wasn't even going to hurt, but I DID just race. I need to give it a few days of rest, some rolling and massaging, and then start some easy runs. I should be OK.
• Finally, my cat gave me a nice post-race lick-down. This was the scene for 20 minutes as I was starting to type this up on Saturday afternoon:
There's a joke in here along the lines of
"being so hot that pussy licks ME," but I'm not going there...
Henry's cream filled roll had SOOOO MUCH CREAM!
From Instagram: "Cake pops make him happy."