|Yeah, sure. That's what Lance Armstrong would tell me in my ear later on, but I've done much faster than this. Thanks anyway Nike!|
You would think that showing up to Eisenhower Park on a Wednesday, and running hard would earn you a medal, right?
It worked for Karen just a couple of weeks earlier.... Hmmmm.... I am a medal whore after all....
Not such a bad idea after all!
RACE: LIRRC Summer Series #7
DATE: Wednesday, June 27th, 2012 @ 7pm
TEMP: 74F 54% humidity
LOCALE: Eisenhower State Park, East Meadow, NY
So, off to East Meadow I went. The field was supposed to have been fewer then 50 people, like it was for Karen. How many people were in the field tonight? 193.
The forecast called for cool temperatures. Temperature tonight? 74. Well, considering the summer we've been having, I guess it's not the worst.
I had pizza for lunch. Bad boy. As such, I was at 164 pounds. Ugh.
|The red shed where it all happens. The club house of the Long Island Road Runners Club. Quack Quack.|
|Nothing like a neat and tightly controlled baggage check area. LOL|
|Finish line for the pee wee race that preceded ours. The little girl in the pic was 4 years old.|
Mile 1, I blazed. I was able to keep the leader well within my sights. Hey, did I have a chance of winning this whole thing outright??
Well, at least I did my first mile in 7:06. An extremely strong lap for a summer race, even if it was a shortie (5k).
Anticipation, which led to perspiration suddenly led to desperation and finally revelation.
In other words, I shot my load too quickly, and had little left in the tank in the end. Oh yes, I FELT like I was killing it, but according to my iPhone, I never got close again to that magical first mile.
My final time was 22:53 Nonetheless, I had a decent showing. And with the iPhone no less. I figured it was my 6th best ever 5k. Not bad considering I weighed 164 pounds. Actually maybe It's the iPhone and the defender case that it's in. It's just so damn heavy. This was the first and the last
time I race with it.
I still contend however that Nike+ has the nicest interface. The color coding on the course map is the bomb!
|Unofficial initial report showed that I finished in 43rd, but 2 people were DQ'd so 41st.|
My pace was a nice 7:23. Again, considering that I was overweight and feeling sluggish this was an impressive result. Nothing like running on a mostly flat surface (albeit a slightly boring one too).
Lastly, I came in 5th place. The smug look of smug. Whatever the hell that just meant.
No seriously, I thought I was going to win. No hardware! Waaaah!
Okay. Get over it.