Saturday, January 8, 2011

Freeze Your Thorns Off 5K Race Report!

First, there is still time!!  If you haven't yet ran your virtual portion of the Freeze Your Thorns Off 5K (FYTO5K) get out there and get 'er done!  I'm flexible....if you're doing the race in your shower and have to take a break for the water to get hot again that is just fine. 


If you would like, shoot me an email (address in the upper right of my blog)/ comment with your time or race report. I'll do a summary on all of the virtual experiences late tomorrow.

As you know, the virtual FYTO 5K was not only virtual.......it was real life! 18 brave souls (whose names will be called out tomorrow) decided to throw caution to the wind, brave the chilly 45 degree temperatures, and prove once and for all that I was indeed a human and not a robotic humor monkey....where instead of throwing poo, I throw witty blog posts.

The prep for the race started weeks before.  RunningLaur and myself schemed to make it the best experience ever.  We were going to use the same course as the Sweat Your Thorns Off 5K (as well as a number of "real" races) in beautiful Papago Park.  Here is an example of what we were working with.....feel free to be jealous, I'll wait.

In addition to providing 100% of the poop jokes, I was responsible for the race bibs, some of the goodie bag loot, and half of the finishers medals.  As in previous races, medals were in the form of washers picked up from Home Depot.  Spared no expense.

Makin' medals is hard work - wine was needed for fuel

Everyone arrived on time (in fact a little early) while I was putting the finishing touches on marking the course with flour.  We proceeded with the awkward introductions and chest bumps (isn't that how everyone greets strangers?) and got ready to race.

The participants freezing their thorns off before the race.  
Look, we all have pants on!! (I'm as surprised as you)

With a "Ready, Set, GO!" from me, we were off.

Mile 1: 5:59 pace
"Horray!  I'm racing!" During the first mile I knew that I was having a good day.  Because I was busy setting up the race, I didn't get to do any sort of warm up but I still felt really good right out of the gate.  I was running in a pack of 3 other guys who were pushing me to keep up the fast pace.  It is amazing how having someone to chase really gives motivation to keep going.  I imagine that is sort of what a cougar feels like when she is chasing her pray.  Demi Moore is FAST!

Photo courtesy of Christina
Mile 2: 6:11 pace
"Bummer, I think this is going to be just a touch short" When I approached the turn around point, I looked down at my Garmin and noticed that it was still only reading 1.5 miles.  It should have read something closer to 1.55.  Bummer.  Reid, who was in front of me continued past the turn around as he had ran a number of races on the same course previously.  I should have probably followed him to round out the longer course.  Everyone loves it when it is longer, right?

Mile 3 + 0.07: 6:22 (6:00 pace)
"Bananas are fun because they are purple and taste like basketball"  I sort of spaced off during this last mile.  I know that I wasn't forming coherent thoughts and was really glad that I took the extra time to mark the course's turns well.  I realized that I was going to be very close to a PR even with lengthening it for the short course so I continued to push all the way to the finish (That's what she said).

All told, I finished the race in 18:32.  Based on my current 5K time that is a 18 second PR!!  However, when I looked at my Garmin it only said 3.07 miles.  Hrrrrrmmmm. So, not only did I PR in my own race, but I PR'd on a short course. Awesome. So, I'm a bit torn.  What should I do?  Count the PR as a PR or chalk it up to a really fast training run and kill some other 5K real quick?  I'm thinking no, mostly because the course was short.

Here are ALL of the finishers.  Including Ron the newfound ultra runner wearing Vibrims.  Turns out there was a race the very next day on the same course and he got a wire crossed and showed up on the wrong day.  Of course, we let him run with us!  (He is the one with the huge beard that looks a bit like Santa in the lower left.  Come to think of it, Christmas is over....maybe he WAS Santa!)









Good times, great friends, awesome race.  Since no race would be complete without goodie bags, our race didn't disappoint:

  • Cranberry bread brought by Christina
  • Oranges brought by Jeff
  • Possibly expired GU Brew from RunningLaur
  • Medals from myself and Her Name is Rio
  • Old Christmas ChexMix brought by myself
  • Junk Mail Awesome money saving opportunities brought by me

FYTO 5K Loot.  Mmmmm, tastes like thorns

Original home made 5K washer medal (by me)

A slightly less home made medal by Demi's (@ Her name is Rio and she runs) husband

All things said the race was, again, one of the most fun race experiences I've had.  Running with friends really makes any racing experience more fun.

To celebrate a lot of us went to Starbucks to celebrate.  A great way to close out the morning:

Chad trying to squish his daughter

Running talk, expensive coffee, smelly clothes. Awesome!

57 comments:

Detroit Runner said...

Great race Adam. I'm jealous for sure. I'll send you my e-mail.

Katie said...

This is so awesome, I wish I was there!!

Love the recap, the medals, the Ron, EVERYTHING, I think I might have to take a trip to Phoenix next winter :D

Also I love how you all really look like your freezing in 45° weather, actually I'm jealous.

Jill said...

I'm crossing my fingers that we ALL get race medal!!!!! I'll send you my address right away!!

All races are never exact, and honestly Garmins are not 100%, so hell yea that was a PR!

Shawn said...

Hi Adam...I did about 4 + a bit virtual 5ks today. Not as much snow as Andrew and Katrina...but wet slushy crap for 24.42 kliks. It was fun, getting wet and cold, dodging cars and car slush throwers (lets have bit of fun at that guys expense) and kickin winters butt. Email = meplus3is4@gmail.com

Sounds like you had fun...cheers...shawn

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Jen said...

great race and I love the medals and bibs!

I'm kind of a loser because I signed up for this but put it on the calendar for tomorrow! oops...

I'll still run my 5k anyway- a day late and a dollar short as usual... ;)

jess said...

That is so awesome y'all got together, I am jealous of your views. Mine were snow, snow, oh and more snow!!!!

Rock on with your PR!

Katie V. said...

I did as I promised, plus an extra 4.25km. And not only was it cold (-5 celcius) but there was 6 inches of newly fallen snow. Cheers! http://katievixxen.blogspot.com/

Although it was the slowest 5km I think I have ever done (33:38)!

Julie said...

What a great race. Those race medals are AWESOME!! :-)

Andrew Opala said...

awesome medals!

I would have run today instead I did this.

and 45 degrees - you guys are awesome ... my idols ... whoa ... unbelievable dedication ...

Andrew Opala said...

I'm disappointed that Jeff didn't bake bread!

Did he at least break wind?

Thanks for putting this all together!

bobbi said...

It looks downright BALMY there...some of us (ahem ANDREW ahem) really were freezing our thorns off. GREAT race :)

ajh said...

Love the medals. My report is coming soon!

MCM Mama said...

Excellent race! Nice speed too!

I'm running mine tomorrow and will get my race report up ASAP afterwards.

Kim (Book Worm Runs) said...

That is awesome!! You all looked like you had so much fun :)

Tim Wilson said...

Looks like a fun time was had by all, even Santa who wasn't planning on running with you all. Did he still get a goodie bag and a medal? Just checking to know whether I should expect something from it next year in my stocking.

I was a bit grumpy and irritated, because I ended up having to change plans with the virtual run. My race report can be found here.

Anonymous said...

I tried to suffer but at 26C it just wasn't possible. But at least I thought of you all (and I got my first sunburn of the year). (kathy in mexico who still doesn't fucking know her google pwd)

Laurie said...

Wow, looks like you all had an awesome time! Those medals are equally great! Way to go on a speedy run, short or not. I'll email my report soon.

Adrienne said...

Definitely fun times! Congrats on the PR even though it was a tad short...no worries.

Pritch said...

Ran my 5k with my scheduled 4 miler today...it provided a bit of extra motivation with the recent snow here in D.C. Wish i would have thought about creating my own bib, oh well there's always next year!

Chris K said...

The softest pillow is a clear conscience. If it was me, sorry, no way.

Cynthia O'H said...

Chexmix! Oh, I haven't seen that in years. That alone would get me thinking about flying to Arizona for next year's event!

Report coming. My 5K was part of my 20K run this morning - in a windchill of -13C, during a blizzard. Freezing, but no thorns in site.

tahoegirl said...

Thank you to the race director for putting on a fabulous race.

Heather said...

Looks like it was a great day for you guys! It's always better when you're running with friends! The medals are cool. I ran my 5k as part of my 7 mile run and will post about it later and send the email.

Rose said...

I'm writing my recap right now!

kilax said...

I wish I was there running with you guys! It cracks me up that 45 is "cold." It was 10 here. I was going to ask who that was in the blue hat. Go Ron!

Great job Adam! I will write my recap up! I am jealous of the race bibs and schweet medals (I'll let you guess which one I am talking about).

Allie @ The Constant Pursuit said...

I am so ENVIOUS of the 45 degree weather! This is such a fun event you put together. I love it!

Kayla said...

I'll add to the others who are saying they are jealous of the 45 degrees! I would've LOVED 45 degrees! Looks like you had a great time! Love the medals! :) Working on my recap right now!

AM-GoalsfortheWeek said...

Yeah! I TOTALLY missed the boat on this, but i'm thinking since it's still happenin'...til' when?

Tara said...

Whoo hooo! Love the washer medal, super cool.

I met Jill at the gym this morning for body pump and she was all set to do your 5k when she left. I felt kinda left out since I can't run! I did 3.1 miles on the elliptical just to say that I semi joined in. I was going to do 3.1 in the pool, but that would taken me damn near all flippin day.

Congrats on your PR!

Brian said...

My email is on it's way. Nice job putting this event together. Those are some awesome custom medals!

Allie said...

I'm jealous of your washer...I'm not kidding either.

Pam said...

Dude, it's simple.

It took you 1112 seconds to run 307 hundredths of a mile. So all you do is figure out how long it would have taken you to run an extra .03 at your average pace. 1112/307 = X/3. X = 10.8 seconds.

TAH-DAH!

Your new PR is 18:43, a 7-second PR.

Al's CL Reviews said...

Sounds like fun!

Nobel4Lit said...

Here's my race report!

http://acaseoftheruns.blogspot.com/2011/01/freeze-your-thorns-off.html

Hi! I'm Erin said...

I love everything about this race. From the bibs (awesome) to the home made medals (also awesome) to the fact that some random guy showed up and ran with you all (even more awesome). What a great group of people and it looks like so much fun!

I sent you an email with my race time. I hope to have a race report up this evening.

J said...

It was quite cold here, but it was colder today than yesterday so it was good I ran yesterday! I posted my report today too! Thanks for holding the virtual race! So fun!

Nicole said...

I did mine in 23:52 and finally got my race report up! But I'll have you know that I was racing in a frigid 43 degrees.

Berryfine said...

Just wrote my race recap!
http://fromfat2fab2009.blogspot.com/2011/01/1st-annual-freeze-your-thorns-off-5k.html

Erin said...

My husband and I ran today since he was at a winter campout all day yesterday (which likely violates the rules and so we aren't official finishers...) However, our Utah FYTO 5K was run in 21 degrees and fresh snow. Luckily it was the first sunny day we've had in about a week. I plan to post some pics later today on my blog.

Kelley said...

Sounds like a blast!!

Dash said...
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Dash said...

Great recap Adam, sorry if your course seemed short, but either way, what a smoking time! Here is my recap, sorry I can't log into my email on this computer:
Dash's Bites

EricaH said...

Thanks for organizing and including those of us who don't have the privilege of living in Arizona sounds like a pretty darn good race the goodie bag alone is enough to make me wanna drive out next year :). I will have my report up tomorrow with my weekend roundup.

The Laminator said...

Great race Adam! Who cares if the course was a lil short. Out of all the times the race courses are long (per the Almighty Garmin) I'm sure the running gods would not mind if you took this one even if it was a lil short :)

Stacie said...

I was out of town for the first girl weekend I've had since high school. I'm not going to disclose how long that's been. Luckily, the hotel had a gym and I took advantage of it. My time was 27:11. I'm not sure how I managed it. I'm trying to get caught up around here but I wanted you to know in case I didn't get an official race report up in time. Thanks for the great race and extra motivation!!!

Jamoosh said...

My time for the Houston version was 3:48:11. That's right, three hours, forty-eight minutes and eleven seconds. I don't think the course was marked very well...

Teamarcia said...

Damn I'm jealous! My course had no palm trees.
Nice race!
I'm off to the hardware store now to conjure up some sort of medal.

GeorgiaSnail said...

Nice work!

Ran my VR (and posted the RR to my blog)...made sure I got out in the 28 degree weather...dedication!

Morgan said...

LOVE IT! I so wish I had been able to join y'all. Great job putting together the race, even if you came up a little short... :)

Runners Fuel said...

Looks like a great time!

Chanda M. DeFoor said...

I love the medals! It looks like you guys had a great time. I ran 10 miles on Saturday morning, so I guess that counts. It was terrible time, though. Congrats on hosting your first 5k!

Kovas Palubinskas said...

If you don't use it as a PR, then I will. What is Chris K talking about anyway? Pillows?

funderson said...

Nice! It looks more fun to run it in person. I only manged to cc ski a 5k, but it WAS 12 degrees. Does that make up for lack of running?

EricaH said...

i am to lazy to open another tab to email you recap don't hold it against it me, but i did post it here is the link. :)

http://www.ericarunning30.com/2011/01/weekend-round-up-110-race-recap.html

Rose said...

I tagged you in my latest post with a "Stylish Blogger Award." You don't have to play, but part of the rules is me letting you know that I've enjoyed finding and reading your blog, and I think you're awesome.

Staci said...

Looks like you had a great race. I love the medals that you made and the "goodie bags" were great too. Well done. I have updated my race report to include my 5km time. http://sherunsinsandals.blogspot.com/2011/01/freeze-your-thorns-off-5km-virtual-race.html