Sunday, April 18, 2010

Pat's Run 2010 Race Report

38:33 and felt strong. Splits were 9:18, 9:11, 9:04, 9:13, and 9:17 for the final .2. Yeah, I was running out of gas. Last year was 45:26, so big improvement there. I chugged up the hills and glided down the other sides. I kept thinking that I would not be able to make my goal of sub 40 because it was so difficult to get going in the crowds. I couldn't get below 10 for the first qtr mile due to the masses. But after that it was fairly open with only a few dodgy situations.
Me wondering if the camera is working...


Nice to catch up with Adam and Tiffany afterwards. This was a crowded event with a reported 30,000 people and almost 20,000 participants. The organizers didn't expect that many so the start was delayed, but everything seemed smooth to me. Took the light rail into Tempe which was no sweat -until the disgusting return trip when it was all sweat and we stank up the entire metro transit system.

A HUGE thanks to race organizers who decided to 'urge' walkers and strollers to cue in the rear corrals. There were still some 'let's walk with arms entwined' people in the running corrals, but mostly the people in the front 7 corrals were there to run. Lot's of people waiting on the sides of the corrals to break in. Next year, they will need to prepare for the larger crowd.

Rio and Lauren has good races too, though Rio was stuck in a slower corral full of Ked-wearing posers and couldn't get her speed. Lauren promised everyone ice cream and when we found out that there wouldn't be ice cream this year, we deleted her from our blog lives just like that. forgave her and ate a flavorless orange from Safeway which was probably harvested from a plastic environment years ago and held in suspended animation in a chemical bath on the space shuttle.

Fun race overall and I'm really happy to help the Tillman foundation. There were many military service people out there and thanks to them for all they do!!

6 comments:

Pat said...

congrats on your race. How'd you like running into the stadium? The ASU football team was there last year to give us high fives.

Adam said...

congrats buddy! that is an amazing PR. Over a min per mile faster. in 3 or so more years I expect you to be in contention for the win (I like to extrapolate)

I was in the 2nd to last coral (14 mile pace) and didn't get passed by many runners, so I feel like most people did listen. especially to the announcer guy - he was really good about "reminding" people.

Her Name is Rio said...

Great job on your race! At least you were able to run the whole way. I should've just planned to walk- it would've been a lot less frustrating for me if I did. :) Bummed I couldn't find you guys.

RunningLaur said...

Great job with the awesome speed!! Sorry the whole meeting up thing didn't work out, we'll just have to try to get in a nice relaxing long run sometime soon.

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Jamoosh said...

Great race and hey, that camera is working!