Monday, May 30, 2011

ARR Summer Series #1 5K Race Report!

On Saturday, my wife, I, and 1000 of our closest friends ran the first in a series of five 5K races in the Phoenix area.  The big running club in Phoenix coordinates a series of short races throughout the summer that are meant to be pretty low frills (like me!) but also cheap (also like me!) during the rather slow (me again!) summer months. They are a steal at $35 for the set and offer everything that you'd expect from a 5K - with the exception of a shirt.  Considering that I don't wear pants 50% of the time, I figure one less shirt won't do me any harm.

This summer, these races are primarily going to be fun runs for me.  I'm not going to take them too horribly seriously - partly because my wife is going to be running all of them with me and I'd rather run with her vs put myself through 18 minutes of torture.

The morning started out with a mini Phoenix area blogger meet up:

Adrianne, me, DemiSuzanne, some random hobo Jeff
I seriously need to hang out with these guys more often - look how tall I look!!!

My wife and my son killing time before the race.  My wife has a blog, my son does not

Before we knew it, it was time to strap everyone into their respective running strollers and head to the starting line.  The first race in the series is a reverse age graded start.  Sort of like a skirt chaser race but with age instead of naughty bits deciding the starting time.  So, the older people start first and the youngest of the runners are some of the last to cross the start line.  I think the goal of this type of start is to have everyone finish at approximately the same time.  The actual result: mass confusion with a chance of an elbow to the side of the head.  To give you an idea of how poorly executed this was, the jogging strollers start FIRST. That is sort of like peeing into the wind - just doesn't make sense.

Here is a picture of us running about 1/2 of the way through.  As you can see, we were getting passed by quicker runners in the dirt while sharing the running path with other runners on the left.

Poor race design aside, the race went off like a hitch.  We finished in 44:01 using a combination of running and walking.  The course is the same as my Freeze Your Thorns Off / Sweat Your Thorns Off 5K so it was very familiar.

As expected, the first mile was rather relaxing - Jeff and I were able to crack middle school level jokes and push each other into the bushes while giggling about the word fart.  However, the second and the third miles were a joke - people were zooming past us which made me nervous to make ANY sudden movements or waiver from a straight line.

Once we finished and grabbed a water, everyone scattered.  Things to do, babies to feed.  However, as I was chatting with Adrianne about her KILLER 4 min PR, a glimmer of light caught my eye - not unlike a fishing lure, nudity on TV, or blinking lights.

One of these things is not like the other.....  Sparkle sparkle!!

This episode brought to you by the number: 1980!  If you noticed the chick rocking the purple leggings, then your 80s radar is pumping out more juice than a flux capacitor.  Honestly, I wasn't able to catch her to see what her story was without looking like even more of a stalker so instead I (literally) stopped mid sentence with Adrianne and started snapping pictures.  Hilarious.  Way to show those girls in the booty shorts who is boss!

Way to own it.  Now, lace up your high tops, hop in your Delorean, crank the Cyndi Lauper, and take some notes in your trapper keeper, because the 80s will NEVER die

30 comments:

Whitney said...

Wow, that is quite the sight-seeing trip...all the way back to the 80's! I didn't know anyone still had a leotard like that stashed away or shiny tights. Too bad she wasn't rocking a side pony tail to complete the look!

Still Running said...

And no bandana a la Olivia Newton John. If you're doing the 80s, do 'em proud!

Gracie (Complicated Day) said...

Dude, please tell me they did not let jogging strollers first. Oh my gosh. Unless it's Kara Goucher with her progeny do not put a stroller in front of me!

Matty B. said...

I want that! I want that bad.

BabyWeightMyFatAss said...

LOL that is pretty funny though I do want to know about the women in the teal blue shirt in the 3rd pic who likes she has some serious support issues. lol

Christina said...

OMG. That is hilarious. I know I dress tacky but at least that will never be me in the future(may have been me in the 80's).

Luckily that is the only race that starts like that. Had you started at your time, you would have been elbowed, push shoved your way to be able to start. It is pure chaos.

Andrew Opala said...

Pete Rose in a Danskin!

Alisa said...

You're just jealous that you obviously don't have the body to rock that running outfit!

Jill @ Run for the Hills said...

That outfit is remarkable!

JessiePants said...

Mercy...

Jeff - DangleTheCarrot said...

I want to hang out with that chick!!

Laura said...

...that scares me a little....
what is with the 80s and running lately? At the NYC half, we saw someone with neon leg warmers.
Leg.warmers...she got physical....

panel çit said...

thanks for sharing

Morgan said...

Wow. Just wow. I think I need to pick up one of those for my next spectating endeavor.

Jennifer said...

The 80s lady and her Marty McFly friend (complete with down vest) were in front of us at the start. My running partner and I were slowed by the extreme heat but we would not be bested by those two. Best part of the race was passing them and not looking back!

Jill said...

The best thing about races is seeing all the whacko attire!

Kovas said...

What a confusing race photo, it looks like everyone is heading off in their own direction!

Jamoosh said...

Hey - ping me on your knee supports.

In other comments - I want 80's chick at my next race...

kilax said...

I love that you are running these with your wife!

Ha ha. And I love seeing people's interesting outfits at races :)

Nobel4Lit said...

Glad that you're having fun just running and not putting too much pressure on yourself!

Char said...

She's got to have lost a bet - surely?!

Kate said...

Boy, you're raising that boy up right. :) Sounds like a fun series, and I'm with you...unless it's a really great shirt or a really great race to remember, who needs another shirt?

Kate said...

P.S. I had a friend who had to wear a Packers shirt in a race because he lost a bet, but that leotard outfit takes the cake.

Adrienne said...

Wow! Although I do have a trapper keeper and I love it. How come I'm not doing these races? Oh ya, I live on the wrong side of the tracks. Looks fun though.

C2Iowa said...

Wow. Too much to take in...

Emily said...

canal trail! is it wrong that i'm jealous of that outfit?

Chris K said...

Brilliant race organization. I don't think you are joking, but that is ridiculous. Speaking of which, you Phonenix-ites sure are fashion plates. I used to like it when I was in college and the girls from Phoenix would come to SD on Spring Break with their big feathered hair. I wonder if EMZ used to do that.

Joanna said...

Holy crap, that girl cannot be for real. I mean honestly, even in the 80s the fit of that thing would have been a stretch. I'm wondering if she lost a bet...

RunningLaur said...

wow. just wow.
i <3 sneaky stalker photos.

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