Sunday, December 31, 2006

State #4 is California



On the 28th I ran the Bumble Bee 5k at the Big Balloon Parade. It is the race right before the Holiday Bowl Parade in San Diego, CA. We got to start our run in front of the grandstands, run the entire parade route in front of thousands of supportive on lookers. The race was very congested in the beginning. It took about 25 seconds to get to the start and then we walked for a bit before it thinned out and I could take off. My family was watching around the 3/4 mile mark and got to take my picture. I did have to circle around so that my wife could take it adding 20 seconds or so to my time, but it was worth it. We raced downtown San Diego passed the Padres Baseball stadium. Looped around the convention stadium and ran along the bay. Thru Seaport Village to the finish. From start to finish I timed myself at 33:16, another PR for me.

The official time was higher, but in my defense, several people passed me in the shoot and they collected my bib tag about 100 yards away from the finish. It could not be a very accurate way to get a finish time.

Vacation: We had a great time. My daughter got to see the set for Gilmore Girls. She's a fanatic. The whole Warner Brothers tour was great. We got to go to an aquirium, museum and the San Diego Zoo too. I didn't get to run as much as I'd like, but oh well.

Weekly running: On Christmas day I ran 3.88 miles in 47:10.
On Wednesday I ran on the treadmill at the Holiday Inn, San Diego. 1.77 miles in 23:05 and then I ran another 10 minutes, but didn't keep any records.

10 comments:

Javamom said...

Great 5K time!! Sounds like a fun run, I love that area! Can't wait for the pics!

RunnerGirl said...

Good job Pat! Looking forward to 1/14!!!!! See you there!!!!

Phil said...

Nice run Pat and congrats on your PR. Hard to believe people are still using the the manual timing method instead of chip timing. I usually avoid these type of races for the very reason you stated.

Have a great New Years Eve.

Spark Driver said...

Well done on running on Christmas day. Very committed.

Neese said...

Hi Pat, I just found your blog tonight...sounds like a nice time in San Diego, and good luck on your upcoming Half! Happy New Year!

angie's pink fuzzy said...

yay!

Firefly's Running said...

Congrads, Pat. 13 days until race day...11 days until the party...whooohoooo!

J-Wim said...

Good luck on the Rock and Roll! Happy New year

pika said...

Pat you are really rolling along! Congratulations.

I love that loop in San Diego - I did a 5K along the embarcadero behind the convention center last summer when I was there.

When you guys come up to Massachusetts, let me know and we'll run a race together around here. There are lots of them all year 'round. :)

Thomas said...

Congratulations on yet another PR.
And Happy New Year!