After a lot of thought I have decided to move some of best of my old posts from Aging Runnah and A Runnah’s Story blogs, primarily the old reviews, maybe a few of the better posts and race reports that I have written over the years. I have a feeling that at some point, my WordPress.com blogs are simply going to go away and I want to still be able to go back and read some of the stuff I wrote.
If you are reading this blog post, that is why it is has been re-posted here.
Originally posted on: November 27, 2014
Ah what a way to start Thanksgiving a 5K race, after getting 12 or so inches of snow, the night before.
I took this photo after I got home from the race
Yes, my Ranger has 10" of clearance and it was moving snow, so we got a good 12" inches. However, I didn't need to shovel or snow blow to get out, just put it in 4WD hi and drove right down the drive and through the plow crest at the end of the drive way.
The amount of snow isn't really a big deal, it was that it was a wet/heavy snow, that had ice and slush under it, which made it pretty miserable to drive and run on.
Driving was slow and the I-95 was a mess still, a lot of ice and crap was still on the road and I kept it in 4WD and didn't drive over 50 mph all the way to Waterville. I would rather go slow than end up 50 yards in the pucker brush waiting for a tow truck or worse.
I got to Champions - no problems, but when I went for my warm-up run, down Armory Road, this is what the race course looked like and I had just met the plows.
Looking towards the 4-way stop - we would be taking the left
Looking back towards Eagle Rental, the bump we would be going back up
Looking down the start - yep the parking lot was as "interesting" as it looked
No the roads were not "that" bad and we all have run in worse, but with the conditions it changed my goals for the race to:
Finish without injuring myself.
Run hard, but not stupid hard.
It was a combined 10K/5K start and there were quite a few runners for the conditions this morning...once we got to Olympia there was this clown out in the parking lot, doing donuts in his car. He rolled down his window and apologized.
Only in Maine. :-)
Champions Turkey Trot 5K/10K Start - Photo courtesy of Carrie Davis
When we got to the 5K turn off on Armory Road, only one runner from the lead pack turned - which put me in 2nd place - surprise, surprise.
I wore my Brooks Cascadia's and while screw shoes would have been better, they worked well on everything but the icy sections. So I had to move from what looked like clear pavement (it was a lot of black ice) into the snow/slush areas to get good grip. However, the runner ahead of me was flying...he had me by a minute or more at 4 way stop and by the time I was getting close to the 5K turn-around I couldn't see him.
Unfortunately, the 5K turnaround wasn't marked and he missed it and kept running. Even though I knew where it was supposed to be, I went quite a ways beyond it and didn't turn until I looked down at my GPS watch and saw it was already at 1.7, so I slowed down, talked to the volunteer back at the water station and headed back towards the finish. The other runner was way out of sight, so I couldn't holler and tell him to turn around.
Strava Stats - Champions Turkey Trot 5K Race - Yeah the course ended up a little long for me ;-)
I didn't try to push any harder on the way back, I just maintained a steady pace and figured that the guy was going to turn-around and catch me any way. He was a LOT faster runner than I am. He must have run further up the road than I thought he would, because I never saw him again, until after we finished.
Yeah, I came across the finish line before anyone else in the 5K.
I also knew that I was not the fastest runner today in the 5K race. I had finished first because he had missed the turnaround, not because I was faster, which made me feel bad for him. I told Lisa and Carrie what had happened and that he should be the winner and that I should have finished 2nd. However, the guy was very gracious and declined to take 1st, even though he should have won the race easily.
He just finished running cross-country for a college team and was home for the holiday. So I know he is a helluva lot faster than I am.
Unfortunately, I couldn't stick around for the awards ceremony (I had 2 driveways to clean-out), but I did get my t-shirt, that Lisa and Carrie had kidded with me about when I registered late on Monday :-).
Champions Turkey Trot T-Shirt
Although I didn't set the course on fire or set any PR's, I was very happy with my steady pace, in the tough conditions. So I accomplished both of my goals, no new injuries (although the hammie didn't like the icy spots and those sudden slips) and I didn't run stooopid.
I really enjoyed the race and it had that feeling of be an old-style race. Pretty low-key, no fancy chip timing , big prizes packages or anything. Just a lot of smiles on the finishers faces, some fruit and stuff in the lobby and a lot of camaraderie.
It was good to see a lot of familiar faces, that I haven't seen for a while and get to talk with them. I would have liked to have stuck around, but I will get to yak with a lot people at Champions and while I was there, Patrick asked if I was interested in starting up the Nooners group at the Alfond Youth Center again, in a week or two. Of course I said yes and am really looking forward to it.
So thank you to Lisa and Carrie for organizing and putting on the race and all the race volunteers who stood around in some pretty nasty conditions to help a bunch of crazy runners, run in nasty conditions. The only suggestion that I would have is that at the turn-around having an orange cone in the road to let the runners know where to turn :-).
I know that I had fun today, not because I got the t-shirt, but because of everyone that I got to see and that I overcame the conditions to have a decent race.