Sunday, August 1, 2010

Sweat Your Thorns Off 5K Race Report

I know what you are thinking. First Simon, now Ellen left American Idol!? WTF Race Report? Silly Adam, you weren’t scheduled to run any races this weekend! Well, I kept the race that I had scheduled a little low key because it wasn’t an “official” race in the true sense of the word.

I had originally planned on running a few of the Arizona Road Racers summer series of 5K races, but due to some scheduling conflicts (me out of town), I wasn’t able to do them. I wasn’t able to do, ANY of them. So, instead of doing what I normally do: getting mad, drunk, and calling all of my ex-girlfriends, I decided to take the bitter lemons life handed me and make lemonade.

I held my own race!!!

3.11 miles
19:42 overall time (5 seconds off 5K PR time)
6:21 pace

When I first decided to hold my own race, I had every intention of just starting from my house by myself, running 1.55 miles in one direction and then turning back.   But, like all my ideas do it involved nudity it sort of spiraled out of control from there.  Before I knew it, I had created race bibs with custom "numbers" and a custom race logo (I love the fact that I was pi):

I had created race packets with a bunch of shit that I found in my garage loads of loot including:
  • A packet of Chocolate #9 energy gel
  • 2 zip ties
  • 2 wire nuts
  • 1 lawn sprinkler head
  • 4 coupons from the pain in the ass, waste of trees, Val Pack coupon kit.  Mine mostly focused on home security and garage doors.

And I even created a finisher medal for everyone to enjoy...for a 5K!  Best $0.28 I've ever spent.

Everyone else chipped in too.  RunningLaur marked the course with flour, Jeff brought awesome home made bread, and Rio brought ice cold water.  I wanted to make it as official as possible, so we used the USATF certified Arizona Road Racers #1 5K course.  Both RunningLaur and Rio had ran races on there, so everything was legit.  After a quick warm up mile in my normal training shoes, I put on my speedy Brooks Green Silence racing flats and posed for a few more pictures.

Garmin POWERRRRRR!!  Power Rangers eat your heart out
(Mixed with my Brooks Green Silence shoes)

With me saying (not even yelling) "go" the race was on. The run itself was very hot and very steamy.  It is monsoon season in Phoenix.  This is the time of year that Arizona receives most of their yearly rainfall - thereby turning a blazing, dry furnace of a 110 degree day into a Birkam Yoga approved sweat fest of 105 degree temperatures at 60% humidity.

I wanted to run at approximately PR pace (19:37) which would be 6:20 miles.  I didn't want to run TOO much faster than that because I wasn't sure how I would rationalize a PR in a race where I was the race director.  It would be my own personal Barry Bonds style asterisk next to my accomplishment. Just like he doesn't like answering steroid related questions, I don't like answering "official" vs "time trial" questions. So, when I saw that the first mile click by in 6:10, I knew that I needed to back off just a touch.

Luckily, miles 2 (6:34) and 3 (6:21) were honestly a bit of a grunt fest so I didn't even have to "force" myself to back off.  The heat and humidity was taking it's toll, but I was determined to stay on pace.  The turn around at 1.55 miles couldn't come fast enough and it took everything I had to hang on for the last mile.  The last mile hurt.  I'm not talking a dull pain, I'm talking like listening to Spencer Pratt or Heidi Montag speak about the merits of compound interest.  Blah.  But I kept chugging and finished with a smile teeth clenched grimace on my face.

Even after 3.11 miles, I was a sweaty hot mess 30 seconds after I finished

The Phoenix runner crew all had great races too - In fact, RunningLaur PRed!  Check out their blogs here here and here for their race reports.

Finisher photo with our custom made finisher medals
Unfortunately, the paper bibs (mostly) didn't survive our sweat

I was really glad I ran this time trial - I thought that it gave me a really good gauge of fitness.  I'm already in talks with the crew about making these time trial 5Ks a regular occurrence since they are so cheap and easy (that's what she said). I want to plan them out a bit more in advance and hopefully pick up a few more Phoenix runner/blogger/walkers. If you are in the area let me know and I'll put you on the mailing list (seriously). Maybe we could work a virtual component as well.  Make it a fun 'ol time.

This morning I did another 14 hot, sweaty miles to top off the week at 41.3 miles.  My first 40+ mile week in a long time.

Has anyone else ever rain their own mock race / time trial?


Runners Fuel said...

Such a great idea!

Colin Hayes said...

Congrats on your first RD gig (and for a speedy time!)
You never know, this could turn into something big. Hopefully your SWAG items will only get (by the looks of the post-race photos) maybe a towel?

Reid said...

Sounds like you guys had a fun time. I'm definitely in for the next one.

Christina said...

I'm so jealous. I missed out. At first I thought no way you can have a PR on your own run but with race bibs and race packet, you had a race. Let me know when you do another one.

mommaof3ontherun said...

Great! I laughed reading your post. I bet it was a good time!

Julie said...

Holy crap are you fast Adam!! Nice job on your 5K race...way to PR! Bloggy meet-ups are always fun too:)

Sarah Woulfin said...

The bib-design is great, and congrats on a smokin' time!!

Amanda - RunToTheFinish said...

ohhh my word I love it! I am totally going to rip this off of you for one of our long runs!

Cynthia O'H said...

Awesome! I especially liked the bibs - very unique. Besides, I am a math geek so I can't help but like that.

You'll probably have a lot more runners at the next event. Great job, Mr. Director.

AJ said...

This actually sounds like a race I would want to run! Awesome--!

Angie Bishop said...

I love this!! I have ran races by myself that I put on. It would be lovely to have others come to them too :)
This is an annual thing now right.....:)

Running Through Phoenix said...

Count me out. This was fixed and didn't start on time. And I only got one wire nut --TWSS!!!!! Heeeeyyyooooo!

Her Name is Rio said...

From my Daily Mile feedback, I wouldn't be surprised if you get some additional racers next time! Thanks for Race Directing- it was an awesome time!

Destination said...

SO jealous!!

Can you come to Milwaukee and organize a race?

Jamoosh said...

No age group winners?

Psyche said...

That was one fun read!!! I totally want to have my own race now. (You should see all the crap in my garage that I need to get rid of..:).

Chad said...

I've been to 2 different homemade races. One was a half marathon with 10 finishers. It's still my PR.
The other was an Olympic distance triathlon at Lake Pleasant. It was a total nightmare of hills and heat. I LOVED it.

Whitney said...

I love this! I think that I need to do a homemade race of my own.
And next year, I vote that you open it up to your readers and email them your bib template so that everyone is connected.
Next year, Baby Girl and me will do it!! No matter how hot it is!

track coach and adorable wife said...

The race swag looked sweeeet! you should do one of those for your next giveaway. Let me know if you do a virtual one... I love to get beat by people from all over the country. However, if the competition comes down to greatest volume of sweat after race, you might have some competition... maybe...

RunningLaur said...

Best race ever.
Also, I think we have to keep the one person per age group thing, that way we are all winners.

BrianFlash said...

Cool implementation of a great idea!

I've been wanting to schedule a marathon around my subdivision. But, it would take 17.5 loops around the subdivision and I suspect I'd be the only person to run it. Maybe I should do a 5K instead!

Vincent said...

Yeah, the triathlon club has a race series here in Vancouver and we hold a whole array of races. Its great because you get 8-10 races all free and usually with at least 15-20 people in them so unless you are one of the extremes you have someone to run with.

Megan said...

If you race again, you can sweat-proof your bibs by putting them in the plastic paper sleeves used in binders. Or coat them in clear packing tape.

kilax said...

You are too much fun. I love that you went to the effort to do all of this! And great use for those stupid coupons.

Steven has a pi tattoo on his back that he got in Amsterdam, then had it kind of turned in to tribal art when he got back to the States (thought it was too small). Thought I would share that since you were the pi boy.

ajh said...

Love the bibs and medals! Read about this on one of the "entrant's" blogs!

sRod said...

No race t-shirts created with iron-ons? Cheap, man.

Kiesha said...

Hilarious! I love your use of the "strikethrough" feature. You crack me up. Smokin' fast time as well! Kudos! I've got a "Fri Favorite's" thing goin' on over at my place and would love to include your blog.

Good luck with your race schedule!