Sunday, August 7, 2011

Race Report: The 33rd Annual Great Raisin River Footrace - 11 km

I came, I saw, I had no major problems with the ITB. Just a twinge at about 10.5 km but nothing that stopped me up too bad.

A big thank-you to all the comments and suggestions from my last post. Running this race had some fringe benefits because some of my BQ friends were there and I got the name of and was introduced to a great physio guy who said "come on down" should I keep on having problems...big bonus to meet someone face to face.

The stats for the 11k:

Finished     57th

58:44.7 5:21 Men 40 - 49  13/21AG   48/86Men 

I am pretty happy with that considering I have only had 1 six mile run in the last 7 weeks and this one was pretty much pain free...or did I mention that already?

Son "B" got his sorry butt out of bed and ran a 53:51 to finish 32 and 3rd in his age group (he got a nice medal) after we got him signed in this morning. Not bad considering he is 15 and his AG goes to 19. I asked him how he thought he might have done if he had trained???? You can lead them to water but you can't make them run!!!!!

The other big bonus of this run was some of the talent there including Ed Whitlock. 80 years old and he ran the 11 k in 47:10 to finish 14th. UN-FRICKIN-BELIEVABLE! I hope I can walk when I'm 80, much less run. Pretty inspiring and he signed my race bib so I will stash that for the history books.

As far as the race  goes, I started at about a 7:40 pace but knew I could not hold it too long. Too humid and I just needed more time training which I did not have. At about the 2 mile mark, I told Son "B" to get lost and make me proud. He did (and always does) but I think he was happier with the mini donuts he had after the race more than the medal he!!!!

Speaking of mini' mini massages seemed to do the trick (see previous post) as I felt pretty good all day. I will stay with that regime for this week and next as I prep for my Duathlon in a couple of weeks. I also have a Dragon Boat race coming up for charity that should be a bag of laughs...a few folks from work and the "BOSS" will be doing it for the Heart & Stroke Association.

So there ya go. Not my best time but one of my best efforts. In the near 100% humidity, I sure felt like walking more than once but I toughed it out and got the bonus to see the kid shake Ed's hand as he got his medal....who could ask for anymore than that?

You don't raise heroes, you raise sons.  And if you treat them like sons, they'll turn out to be heroes, even if it's just in your own eyes.  ~Walter M. Schirra, Sr.


Char said...

Did you check Ed Whitlock's birth certificate? That time at that age is awesome!! Just to run at his age is amazing. But to run fast ...

Anonymous said...

So close to the top half of the age group. But a great run nonetheless. I think your son needs to handicap you!

Kate said...

Look at that speedy kid of yours! And well done to you, as well. It's hard sometimes to see what they COULD do, if only they wanted to put some effort into things, but it so much has to come from them.

Glad what you're doing is working for you. :)

Coy Martinez said...

That is great, GREAT!!! that you ran with no IT Band pain! You gave it plenty of time to heal too! You'll be my inspiration!! Congrats!