RACE #: 204
Race Name: RunNassau Series: Cedar Creek Park
Distance: 5 miles
Location: Wantagh, NY
Date/Time: March 23, 2013 @ 9:00am
Weather: 35 deg, 66% hum, 17mph,
Finish Time: 37:49 Pace: 7:34 pr/ml
Overall Placement: 35 out of 273 - top 12.8%
Gender Placement: 27 out of 199 - top 13.6%
Age Group (45-49)
Placement: 2 out of 15 – top 13.3%
Forest Park Runners Placement: 1st Place out of 2
Against Previous Races of Same Distance: 6th best out of 21.
Course Record: Yes.
Personal Record: No.
Talk about lack of mental preparation. For the last two days, Karen and I have been frantically searching for a nanny. This, after some piece of shit decided it was ethical to offer our already-employed nanny a job for the ridiculous some of $800 per week for 45 hours worth of work….and off the books no less! The worst part of it all, was that this was someone in Port Washington. That’s a pretty shitty thing to do, if you ask me, to steal someone away like that. Nonetheless, a business is a business, and with all the work Karen and I were doing to find a replacement, I didn’t think I would have time to search for a replacement.
The good news is that this job market is still an employers’ market. And between, Nanny’s, babysitters, and Au Pairs, we are getting a flood of offers. We will be closing soon on one.
The idea of doing my 2nd RunNassau race seemed beyond remote. It wasn’t until Karen told me to do my long run on Sunday, that I was all for naught on Saturday (I had planned to do a long run on Saturday while she did her race-and while our nanny watched the babies for the last Saturday morning ever) Cedar Creek starts off of Merrick Road on the north end. It’s considered to be near the border of the towns of Seaford and Wantagh, Long Island. Karen and I got there on time, and realized that our car would be the baggage check. Good. I was freezing my guzunkuses off and was glad to stay inside a warm car!
Bathrooms were plentiful in the park, as I got a real toilet with real flushes (yay).
I weighed in this morning 163. Not where I want to be, but at 5 pounds lighter than where I was for the NYC Half, I definitely felt lighter in more “weighs” than one!
I lined up near the front, and unlike Nickerson Beach, I actually REMEMBERED to put my watch on this time!
After about a half-mile, it seemed like the field was not as strong as I had originally thought it would be, so I decided to go and use the “Pre” (Steve Prefontane) strategy. This strategy calls for going all out and holding on for dear life till the end.
It was a fun ride.
I started the second mile at 7:10 and was at PR pace. I wasn’t looking to break records today, just have a good race. In fact, I wasn’t expecting much of anything. And usually when I think that way, I do better. It’s counter-intuitive but it served me well.
Not too many people were ahead of me by the end of mile 2, which I crossed at 14:30, but catching up to anyone ahead of me was getting impossible as the gap was widening. Interestingly, only 3 people would pass me, which all happened between miles 3 and 4. And when I looked behind me in the home stretch, there was absolutely no one behind me.
In the end, I came in 35th overall, 3 places lower than in the Nickerson Beach race two weeks earlier. But who cared? I still came in 2nd place. That’s two of four RunNassau series races done, and second place on both. And neither person that came 1st in either race, even showed up for the other. Right now, that puts me in first place overall. Wow!!!
Here I am in this video below as I humbly accept my Silver Medal for 2nd place.
And lastly, I think even this car outperforms the Jetta (hahaha)