Sunday, October 29, 2006

Ghouls & Goblins 5K

It was a beautiful morning in Tempe, Arizona. Perfect day for a 5k road race. This was the second official race I've participated in. The other one was at this same park, Kiwanis Park just 2 months ago.

I knew my time would improve, but I wasn't sure by how much. I was hoping to finish in under 37 minutes, beating my first run by 5 minutes.

There were less runners out for this race. Maybe 80 runners total and some walkers, strollers, etc too. I paced myself pretty well and watched as most of the runners faded from my view. One, lady that recieved a medal for her age group would leap frog me everytime I took a walk break. I don't believe she ever walked. Finally around a mile and a half I passed her. When I would walk, I would hear a runner approach and that was my signal to start running again. I think I took about 5 walk breaks for about 30 seconds to 1 minute in duration each. In the last half mile I didn't see anyone in front that I could catch. I believe I finished about 2 minutes behind the runner ahead of me. But, I didn't want to be caught either. There were about 3-4 runners within 20 seconds of me. At the end of the course you run around the lake and then up a short hill. Then it's about a quarter mile to the finish on the soccer field. I decided that I needed to put some distance between me and anyone else at the hill. So, I charged up the hill and kept a steady pace to the finish. The announcer noticed me checking behind for runners as I neared the finish, said over the loudspeaker that there was no one there and that I was finishing strong. I liked that.

I finished in approximately 34:35. 2 1/2 minutes faster than I was hoping for and way faster than I ever thought I would. Almost 8 minutes faster than my time on the same course 2 months previous. I am overjoyed. I still can't believe it.

After the race, I hung around the finish and high fived runners as they came in and took my picture crossing the finish. Yes, it's a fake finish photo. I then watched the kiddie dash and met some neighbors who were giving out raisin bread from Safeway Markets. They had on halloween costumes, the kind with rubber old people's faces with big noses, so I didn't recognize them, but they said, "arn't you Emily's dad?" More people know my daughter than me.

Wow, I still can't believe my time. I remember back in June when I ran for the first time. I made it about 10 houses before I was out of breath.
Look, they have my time a bit better and I was one place from a medal. But, I finished 10 minutes behind the third place finisher.

Softball News: We lost our tournament game. It was terrible. We ended up playing on a different field that was smaller than the one we usually play on. The bases were the same, but the fences in left were about 65 feet shorter. We don't really have to many power hitters, so the advantage went to the other team. They hit three balls off me that would have been catchable on the other field. Here, they ended up on the other side of the fence. We were toast. But, we had fun and look forward to playing again after the holidays.


Arcaner said...

Nice job with the PR! You making good progress. Keep it up!

Firefly's Running said...

Congrads on the race!

Katie said...

Congrats on finishing your second race and the big difference you made you PR. I know that had to feel great!

Phil said...

Congratulations on your new PR Pat. Going from 42:15 to 34:35 is an awesome improvement. That's a pace improvement from 13:36/mi to 11:09/mi. I don't think I've ever seen anyone take 2 1/2 minutes off their 5K pace in only 2 months.

Also, you're looking good in your faux "finish" picture.

Sorry to hear about your tournament. You'll get'em next time.

JustJunebug said...

you are doing GRRRRRREAT!!!!

Jennifer said...

Way to go!!!!! :) Keep up the good work!

I will see ya in AZ for the 1/2 mary this January!

Javamom said...

GREAT JOB!!!!! Your time was just awesome! I wish I could have been at that race but I was already booked. Keep up the great work!!!!!

Mike said...

just came across your blog through runner girls.

So the plea worked....

Anyway, great job on the run keep up the good fight.

i'm looking forward to stalking your blog, and reading a few past posts to catch up.

Vic said...

Pat, I'm sorry for not keeping up with the blogs lately. I didn't hear about your awesome PR. Congratulations. Now your next 5K PR is gonna be a little tougher. Maybe you'd better do some 10K's for a while. :) Seriously, you're doing great and making great progress. Keep up the good work. And by the way, you look great in that photo.