I’ve had this post written, but as usual, I’ve been disorganized and not actually published it!
As is our custom for the past 4 years, my brother Jim and I ran together on Thanksgiving. The first year we ran together, we did the Feaster Five 5K. The second and third years, we ran the Feaster Five 5 Miler. This year, I meant for us to run with the Somerville Road Runners and their Gobble 3X, but I didn’t have my act together enough to get us signed up in time, and the race closed out with 2600 runners. I wanted to volunteer, but that would have meant we couldn’t run together, and I knew my brother would be disappointed (as would I.) At one point, I thought of volunteering and asked my brother if he would mind also doing it, but he said there aren’t many days he gets to sleep in, so he felt bad saying it, but he wanted to be lazy. Honestly, I can’t say as I blame the guy. He got in at 12:30 in the night on Tuesday evening, and he caught a 6 a.m. bus back to NYC on Friday (he had to work that day at 11.)
Anyway, my brother hadn’t run much since his 100 mile trail race in October. He had planned to take 4 weeks off anyway, so it was easy for him to obey the doc’s orders after he ruptured a tendon behind his right knee. You can read his race report here. So, when it came time to pack running clothes, he didn’t think about packing pants, just shorts. Those of you who live or have lived in New England know how strange the weather can be here around this time of year. I ran in shorts on Tuesday morning, but on Thanksgiving, it was long tights, winter hat, gloves, and two-layers-on-top weather, with temps in the 20s, and some pretty good winds. So yeah, he was a **wee** bit cold that morning!
Anyway, we got our bibs, kept warm in the car as long as we could, and visited the porta pottie lines (which were surprisingly not bad…) For the race start, it was just, well, as my brother called it, a “moving herd.” No gun or anything. We had the disposable ChronoTrack timing chips, but there was no mat at the beginning, so we had no idea where the actual start line was. But hey, it was only $20, and we were just there to enjoy ourselves. As my brother said, we were like a “moving herd” – we all just kind of started moving forward, even without any gun or horn that we could hear, to get us started.
That was literally our only plan – to just have fun and talk the whole way. Imagine, then, my surprise when I realized we did an awesome progression run.
- First mile: 8:35
- Second mile: 8:15
- Third mile: 7:55
- Last .13: 7:05 pace
- Overall time on Garmin: 25:39 (again, didn’t know when to start it!)
- Overall official time: 25:59
- Place overall: 312/1181 (Top 26%)
- Place in sex: 98/658 (Top 15%)
- Place in division, F30-39: 31/196 (Top 16%)
There were definitely a few hills in this course, especially during the first mile. My brother said his legs felt a bit tight, so I really didn’t want him to hurt himself any further. It’s funny but toward the end of mile 3, he said “you want to kick it in?” And then in a few seconds, “you want to sprint to the end?” To which my answer was, “I am sprinting already! That last mile was under 8!” It might have just been the cold, but I could definitely feel my lungs getting ready for an asthma attack at the end, but I didn’t want to slow down to take out the inhaler (which I usually run with nowadays.)
Anyway, it felt awesome to run with my brother again. He’s been a role model to me when it comes to running, and now with his redesigned blog, I hope, to many more. Please check out his blog, it’s called “Coaching, Training and Motivation.”