Monday, August 9, 2010

That Dam Skunk 8K - Race Report!

First, apologies for being behind on blogs (like 200+ blogs behind).  I've noticed that I've received a ton of new comments from new readers whose blogs I want to check out.  I'll get caught up as soon as I am sober enough for the computer to stop spinning soon.  I'm visiting family and Internet access has been a bit spotty.

On Saturday, I ran an 8K (4.98 mile) race near where my dad lives in northwest Iowa.  The Humboldt, Ia "That Dam Skunk 8K".  I couldn't make that name up if I tried.  Shelly the Fire Runner was totally right.....with my recent smelly clothes issues, I would fit RIGHT in with a race with skunk in the title.

Time: 33:45 (33:58 accd to official gun results...but I trust mine more)
Pace: 6:41
Place: 16/131
AG Place: 3/10

Since I am always one to trick people with offers of free candy to take a ride in my van get people moving, I had mentioned the race to my wife's uncle and cousin who have ran a number of races in Phoenix.  Much to my surprise, after a night of drinking that lasted through 1am (for the girl in the black), they both showed up on the starting line!  I was pretty pumped to see them.

I decided ahead of time that I'd wear my free Sony shirt and Walkman as a test run during this shorter race because I will be forced to wear them during the Rock and Roll Los Angeles Half Marathon.  They both performed great (no chaffing....music in my ears).

Since 8K is a pretty random distance, I wasn't quite sure how fast I should run it.  I knew that it would be somewhere between 5K (6:20) and 10K (est 6:50) but I wasn't quite sure where.  So, I went to the trusty McMillan Running Calculator, put in my recent 5K time of 19:42 and it spit out a 6:30 pace.  Whoa.  I honestly would never have thought of running it that fast, but since I love to put blind faith into African Princes, people selling Viagra online, and any website that uses math, I decided to shoot for pretty close to what McMillan said @ 6:35.

Here I am at the start, zoomed in to show how many REALLY young kids at the race.  Unfortunately, the race was littered like a Justin Bieber concert with high school and Junior College speeders.  In fact, one college even brought a bus load down.  I had lined up right on the line at first but nudged back a few rows once I heard a few of them talking about throwing down miles in the 5's.


I started out a little bit slower than I wanted to and, as I look at my splits, actually held a bit slower pace throughout the first 4 miles with 6:43, 6:52, 6:49, 6:48 for the first 4.  The 5th mile, I really kicked it in, clocking a 6:17 minute mile to close down the race.  Part of the reason I ran a bit slower I think is because the high school and college kids didn't really pace themselves very well.  I started passing them around mile 1.5 and didn't stop until the finish.  I'll bet I was around 25th place at one time but kept pushing and picking them off one after another.

Looking back, I am pretty sure that I could have actually ran the paces that McMillan said that I could have.  Lesson learned - always trust the Internet.  Solid advice, right?


In spite of my early fears, the race went really well.  In fact, I think that 8K/5miles may be my most favorite distance to date.  It isn't short enough to be an all out sprint like a 5K, but it isn't so long like a marathon that you are sore for weeks afterwards.


Here I am running at about the half. (Probably my most favorite running picture) Since my dad literally knows all of the gravel roads around this area like the back of his hand, during the FIVE mile race, him, my wife, and my grandpa were able to see me 4 times.

Putting on the breaks after finishing the race......after just getting passed by the kid in the T-Shirt with about 10 feet left to go.  (Totally complained about this during my latest Podcast Episode.)  Luckily, he was 18 so not in my age group.  Like I told my wife, he might have passed me at the end, but I can buy beer. So there.


Whenever I've done small (150 people or less) races (two times) four three things have always happened:
  • Watermelon was served
  • I've won Age Group awards
  • Booty short clad cheerleaders cheered me on at every mile
  • There has been a crap load of stuff given away
Check out the picture below.  I've numbered the FIVE tables worth of stuff that they gave away.  I am pretty sure that quite literally every single person received a prize.  I won a sleeve of golf balls and a notebook from a local insurance company.  My favorite prize was a 20 pound sausage that was 3' long and 4" around (that's what she said) won by a college student.  I can only hope that lots of phallic jokes were made on the bus ride back home.


Probably one of the most funny things at the race was when my wife's uncle finished.  He, of course, wasn't planning on running the race so he decided to walk the entire thing.  Well, he came in *ahem* last. (not the funny part...kudos to him for finishing)  Also, since my dad knows about everyone within a 50 mile radius, he knew the parents of the kid who won in 28 minutes.

So, behold, a  picture of the first and last finishers.

This is a picture of the dam that the dam race was named after.  Damn.


Finally, here is my age group medal. I tried to blow it up as much as possible without going to a ton of work. Luckily I didn't know before I started that the age group medals had a picture of a Skunk wearing sunglasses on them. If I did, I think I would have lied, cheated, and hitched a ride to the finish to ensure that I won one!

35 comments:

Allie said...

That's awesome! I love the medal!

Whitney said...

I need to find me an 8K... after the baby of course.
Love the medal. I would have been throwing elbows like it was Black Friday.

Wait... what?

Chad said...

How do you like the Sony walkman? I'm pretty much done dealing with iTunes, and I'd love an alternative.

RunningLaur said...

you HAVE to wear the sony stuff for the half marathon, you sound so grateful for the sponsorship! ha

Great work on the 3rd place, and yes - always trust the internet. That series of tubes knows more than we do.

Chad said...

Tell Whitney that there is usually a Scottsdale Night Run for the Arts, 8k. It was canceled last year, but it's normally held in May. I really enjoy that event.

RunningLaur said...

And tell Chad they don't do the Scottsdale Night run any longer - something about there not being enough funding for the arts in this economy...

Runners Fuel said...

Great race!

Andrew Opala said...

Congratulations. What did it smell like?

Zaneta said...

HAHA! love the medal!

Jaime Runs said...

Fun race - great name, too ;)

Adrienne said...

Good work. Smaller races are always more fun. Especially if you know everybody. I'm so novice I still don't get the "what pace should I run at stuff" Don't you just try to run as fast as possible the whole time? Just wonderin.

...Barbie... said...

awesome race report! i love the shirt and way to run it out after a night of drinking!!

Raegun said...

Thanks for sharing your race report - very inspiring! I love how you always have a smile on your face no matter the weather or your performance. You rock!
Rae

64 CLASSIC said...

Great splits and one heck of a finish. Nice job!!

Leah B. said...

Sounds like you had fun! I love the pic of 1st and last finisher :) You did great!!

Chris K said...

Loved the pic of Unc and the winner. Gotta love small town Iowa, that post was like Normal Rockwell penned it himself.

Jill said...

So jealous of the Iowa race - oh how I miss it...but not the humidity. Reminds me of the marathon in Marathon, Iowa...ever want to do that one? Great job on the run, Adam! Yep, always trust that internet!!!

Cynthia O'H said...

Great job. I'm sure that college student found the sausage useful.

I find races with high school and university kids pretty competitive for me. Some of these kids are looking at scholarships, nationals... I'm not far behind them but still...
It's the races with the elementary kids that drive me nuts. A handful know what they're doing; the rest just get in my way. But they are good for target-catching.

Rad Runner said...

Um AWESOME, if thats what happens in really small races then I need to start running em. Why didnt you invite me to this race? You know I TOTALLY want that medal...

Jamoosh said...

Podium Finish! Most Excellent.

Did you do your core dammit?

Sign up for The Hard CORE Club - now!

Tricia said...

awesome! I signed up for the Last Mile Lounge core challenge with assurances from Jamoosh that doing the same core work as you will make me super speedy too. I'm holding BOTH of you to that. :)

(ok..he MAY have said exactly the opposite, but I prefer to dream big)

I've been pretty impressed with my walkman too, cord free is the way to go.

Julie said...

Great race report Adam! It looks like it was raining at your race too:) I once ran a 7K and I loved it....it is my favorite distance so far. Yea, you got to go back home to Iowa and do a little running! I love it:) Congrats on the third place!

Teamarcia said...

Congrats on that hot bling! If McMillan says you can, BELIEVE IT!

C2Iowa said...

Damn - It was only 20 minutes away from me and I did not even know about it. Skunked again.

Nice run and times. The medal is sweet.

Ace said...

Did they release skunks on the course during the race?

The Sean said...

Very cool. I hope the medals were not "flavored" for authenticity.

McMillen has some great targeted stuff on his site. His athletes show promising results too.

Johann said...

I love small races! Cool medal! You are fast. That is an awesome time for 8k, well done!

BrianFlash said...

Great time and finish. I think these races with odd themes are very cool!

The great thing about odd distance races is that a PR is assured (as long as you haven't run the distance before). I've got a four mile race this Saturday. PR land here I come!

destinationathlete said...

Ooooh, I love the medal! And sounds like you had a great run despite the slow(er) start!

kilax said...

Awesome race! I was going to ask why you were 16th (instead of 10th or even 1st) at a small IA race, but then when you mentioned the busload of young lads, I got it ;)

I love that your fam saw you 4 times and got that great pic! And that your dad knows everyone. Too fun!

Dan H said...

What did the Iowegians think of the Green Silence??

Running Through Phoenix said...

This report was boring.

Jeri said...

you're best to always trust the interenet. obviously.

Glenn Jones said...

What a fun looking race? I really enjoy the smaller ones - although they are tough to find around here...

Shelly said...

Love the shirt and the medal! I see your skunk and raise it one possum. I got a possum award at the Shippensburg 5K I ran a couple weeks ago.

Anyone else have "wild animals in nature" awards?