Saturday, December 15, 2007

Gratitude!

My sincere and heart-felt thanks to all the fast men (30-34 years old) for NOT racing in the Paris Mountain 5K today!

So, the alarm went off, and I was very tempted to turn it off, wake up when I felt like it, and hopefully catch Neese after the race. In fact, almost every fiber in my body was screaming for this. But I figured I wouldn't wake up in time, and we wouldn't make it over to Furman U, and I would let Neese down. Mendy and I both wanted to hang out with her again, because she's just so darn sweet and fun to talk with. And the chance to meet her husband and Anne was an additional draw.

Anyway, we made it there in time to enjoy the pandemonium of pre-race activities: ran out of shirts (even for pre-registered), apparently no race packets, delayed start, etc. Neese, Rhett (her husband), and Anne (Rhett's daughter) were right out front waiting for some slow pokes to finally arrive...us! By the time I got my bib number, there wasn't much time before the start. I did a couple hundred yards of warm up, and I am now a believer in this. Moments before the gun, I tried to share some last minute experience and tips with Neese and Anne, and then we were off.

I felt great, and was running a nice pace with a great feeling of efficiency. And I had my tights on, so I looked great! LOL I passed a bunch of people (I should have been way closer to the start line) and crossed the 1 mile marker at 6:09. SWEET! Then the wind came: 46 degrees and about 14 mph whipping across the lake through most of mile 2. Mile 3 greeted us with a little bump: a very steep up and down hill that just totally messes up your rhythm. It was about this time that I started regretting the large coffee (with 4 espresso shots) I drank on the way to the race.

I kept with my chosen pace group, wasn't passed, and traded places a couple of times with a young guy that finally edged past me. I crossed the line with 20:04 showing (a PR for me), but figure that if chipped, I would have actually had a 19:58. WOO HOO! It was good enough for 2nd place in my age group. Neese and Anne also had a great race with a very strong finish! This course, and today's weather was no joke, and it appeared that times across the board were down compared to other 5Ks with the same people.

I was happy that I braved the morning and weather, very glad to have hung out with Neese and her crew, and very happy to have Mendy and Grace there cheering me on ("Doing great, Daddy!"), which overshadowed the unfortunate disorganization of pre-race activities. I'm sure next year will be better, and I hope the race directors from this year direct next years race, as I'm sure they will iron out all the bugs. They really did a great job considering they had to handle two very separate races today with their full schedules with their running store. And, they are nice people, extremely easy to talk to.

When's the next one, Neese? :-)

12 comments:

J~mom said...

Congratulations!!!!!!!! You totally rocked that race!!!!! WOOHOO!!!!!

Jess said...

Wow, that's great race David! ou are a speedy gonzalez.

Wes said...

Nice race, dude! I'm jealous. I've been wanting to "Run with Neese" for a long time now! LOL!!! Just can't seem to get together. Grace has to be the best cheering squad around, backed up by Mendy, of course!! Kick that cold to the curb!!!

Marcy said...

SWEET!!! CONGRATS!!!! AWESOME AWESOME JOB HOMIE!!! They give you some bling? Or a cup or vodka at the very least? :P (Very nice recipe BTW) I'll have them baked and ready for you all at the starting line of PFC's :P

Bob Gentile said...

COngrats Bro on ur PR.... thats an awesome race time!!

Gotta Run said...

Does David ever run a race that he does not PR??/ Holy cow dude!!! You are super fast!! Nasty weather, but it looks like that was not a factor for you at all.

Great JOB!!

Michelle said...

Wow, awesome!!! Did you get any kind of medal or anything?

David said...

The prize was a Nalgene-type bottle. :-) That's cool, though, since I've been needing something to take carry fluids to work with.

Neese said...

aw you are so sweet david. i just love the david-mendy-grace entourage :) seeing you all was the highlight of the race. We are heading to Alabama in January and will miss the downtown 5k on the 27th weekend, so next one in Greenville (I think) would be February 9th, 8k @ Furman...if I hear of any other I'll let ya'll know :)

Chris said...

Way to go, Dave! It's funny how you can have some workouts that aren't up to par and then you pull out a can of whoop-ass on race day. Just goes to show you that if you put in your due diligence in training, the chips will fall into place. Congrats! G-Man.

Paul said...

Nice job David. Sweet PR and podium all on shots of espresso. I usually stick to two shots before a race ;)

Mendy said...

You did so well on that race, and to think you weren't planning or even thinking you'd do a PR. I'm proud of you!