Dave Dunham graciously offered to drive to this race (only 20 minutes away of course)... We arrived fairly early and practically froze solid, walking from the car to the registration area. We then ran over the course and timed it so we'd get back right before the race went off (to reduce our time standing around before the start)... Timing it down to about 2 minutes, we made the start and we were off.... As we noticed on our warm up, the first mile was like running straight up Hurricane Katrina's backside... Nothing but headwind for just about the entire first mile... then between mile 1 and 1.5 there was all sorts of crazy cross winds/tail winds/head winds/ winds coming from above and below, and some that seem to come from all directions at the same time... Miles 10-12 at New Bedford all over again... The good news is that the last mile was rock and roll time... Tail wind the entire way made for a quick last mile and gave me the ability to salvage a sub 16 5k for the 14th out of 15 tries this year. I had to run out front and solo for the entire race, but felt pretty strong and smooth for the entire way...I actually felt stronger near the end of the race and nothing was bothering me... Good signs for sure...
Splits: 5k - 15:58 (5:08 pace) - 1st place out of 166
Mile 1) 5:07
Mile 2) 5:15 (10:22)
Mile 3) 5:00 (15:22)
last .1) :36 (15:58)
I made off w/ a bag full of stuff and a certificate for a free xmas tree that they sell down by the lake... Since we have a fake tree we use every year, I'm going to have to shop this around...it's worth $30. I have no clue how much a tree costs, but I can't imagine it being much more than that...
DD has a nice writeup about his day (and the only photo we have) up on his blog. At the last minute he asked an extremely elderly woman who had just gotten out of her car, to take our picture. This lady was so old, slow, and obviously oblivious to technology or even the concept of taking a photograph for someone... just at first glance I wouldn't even have asked her for simple directions, let alone to use a digital camera to take a picture of me in frigid weather. I was concerned for her safety, but Dave wanted the picture because he's obsessed with me. It took her a couple of tries, but she finally got off a decent shot.
We wrapped up the day at Brothers. Hand's down my favorite joint in Wakefield to get some grub. They sure have changed in recent months however, with a completely new, renovated inside....not sure I'm a fan...I like the old, dark, borderline dingy version I grew up with... But the food still rocks.
Episode 6 (short) is up now... Absolutely no race footage and no redeeming quality whatsoever... but it's up. You will get nothing out of watching it and in fact, may know less than you did before, after watching this. Stay away.
*** On a side note, dd and I had our once-a-week difference-of-opinion today and this time the topic was Pink Floyd's 1977 album 'Animals' and more specifically the track on it called 'Pigs (Three Different Ones)'. Dave was fairly convinced it was 'Pigs (Three Different Kinds)'...but I begged to differ. Of course, once again I was right on the money... I mean, how can I be wrong about an animal that is in some way or another incorporated in like 75% of my diet?