Sunday, June 26, 2011

Sweat Your Thorns Off 5K Race Report!

First, keep the Virtual Race Reports coming in!  I've received a number of great emails / posts and am compiling them into my overall summary that I hope to post late on Monday.

While everyone was nervously awaiting the start of their own virtual race, there were 10 or so brave souls who tossed anonymity to the wind and decided that they would indeed find out if I was as handsy (gropeish?) as everyone said.  The race was called the Sweat Your Thorns off 5K and when finished, each participant agreed that they sweat SOMETHING off.  

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While there was no expo, as the race director, my work started much before the race itself.  Some race directors might have focused on making sure there was adequate water due to the high temperatures or possibly ensuring that there were enough port-o-potties.  Where did I focus most / all of my time?  Race medals.  I know why people race!!  Besides, I assumed people could "figure it out" and goto the bathroom while squatting on a cactus running into desert. Cactus need water too!

As in years past, the medals were high tensile strength metal (read: washers from Home Depot) with victory red ribbon (read: whatever was on sale where my wife went).  But, that isn't to say that I didn't put in lots of loving time.  Here is my best attempt at the creative process:

Any good medal starts with one thing a donut shape the year!

Added little cactus runner dudes

Finished Medals! (Next to a stack of bills)  **groan**

My plan for this race was to be in a supportive role.  I am not in 5K shape and wanted to make sure that everyone else had fun during the time out in the blistering heat.  That and, I felt like a TOTAL tool coming in first for my OWN race during the FYTO5K this winter.  As Jeff pointed out, I can't let that happen this year.  So, while I didn't run the actual course, I was going to try to run with my son in the stroller while I could to still get each and every 5,000M in.

The racers at the start
I believe there was more than one "OMG, it is sooo hot" heard at the starting line

RunningLaur and I marked the course with chipmunk friendly flour (no atkins diet there!) and each of the runners went through their race day prep.  (My race day prep?  Standing around looking dumbfounded).  Once the clock struck 7:00am, and the temperature was a toasty 89 degrees F, the runners were off!!

Much like all photogs at races, I decided to get on the top of the steepest hill and get pictures of everyone straining to get to the top.  They're having fun, trust me.

When I was running back to the starting area to grab a water and the race medals, I couldn't help but notice how really pretty Papago park in Phoenix is.  Blistering hot, yes.  But pretty.  Sort of like a supermodel or high maintenance Los Angeles type.  Fun to look at, but spend too much time around them and you're likely to get burned.

Desert Oasis Indeed

Once I was confident that the finishers area was ready to 'accept' finishers (who am I kidding? I didn't do anything) I ran about a mile out to help pace some of the lead runners in. Adrienne and Lacey were the lead runners - both just barely missing a sub 30 finish.  Given a larger race with more people to pass off of, they both will have no trouble beating that and then some.

As everyone finished and was greeted with a friendly baseball style slap on the ass high five from me, we all tried to compose ourselves and dry off our shirts.  There may or may not have been  mention about someone taking their pants off to get out their gross wet shorts.  I did not protest this action.

Overall the race was a great success.  I think that the participants had a good time and I got in a solid 3 miles of stroller running.  My overall time for the 3.03 miles (I ziged and zaged and didn't run the "official" course) was 45:00 and change.  A lot of that was standing around at the finish handing out medals - and I wouldn't have had it any other way!

Finally, as I was reviewing the race pictures that I took I realized that there were none of me!!  Since blogging is mostly a narcissistic endeavor Since I mostly took pictures of other racers, I realized that I should include at least one of me.  To prove that I am actually not narcissistic, I tried to make as unflattering as possible.

Who am I kidding?  The picture of me on the toilet was way more unflattering than this!


Finally finally, thanks to all of the runners both virtually and in person.  Sweaty times were had by all (except for those south of the equator - you guys have all of the luck!).

40 comments:

Rose @ Eat, Drink, and Be Meiri said...

Just to make it easier on you: http://eatdrinkandbemeiri.blogspot.com/2011/06/sweat-your-thorns-off-virtual-5k.html

Thank you for being awesome.

Nobel4Lit said...

Cool! I did my 5k yesterday... sans Garmin or anything (I think my total time was about 30 minutes), but it forced me to get out there when I otherwise would not have. For some reason, my eyes kept watering throughout (not allergies, and not crying!).

Tim "Palantar" Jones said...

Oooh, are we supposed to post here too? http://palantar.blogspot.com/2011/06/couch-to-5k-again.html

Nice medals. Arizona is really unique Never really appreciated the landscape growing up there, it's good that you do :)

pthomas said...

Ran my 5k yesterday in 31.38. I also wore the awesome bib but forgot to take pictures.

Alma said...

Sweet! My SYTO 5k took place in the first 5k of what was supposed to be my first marathon. Official RNR 5k time: 26:47. Sorry no bib pic & so sulky to do a race report. Tore my calf at mile 14 and DNF'ed...

At least I completed ONE race yesterday! SYTO!

Chris K said...

Who was the dude and did he get chicked?

I will post my RR soon. You will see that I also battled some brutal weather conditions.

Can I suggest next year's race take place in San Diego and you can come back out. Call the Non-Sweating, Non-Freezing Race Your Thorns Off 5k.

Gracie (Complicated Day) said...

http://complicatedday.blogspot.com/2011/06/i-actually-did-sweat-my-thorns-off.html

It's here. It was awful. I almost died.

DLW said...

Did my 5K today as part of an 8 mile run (my first long run in ages, have some breathing issues that have been tough to manage lately and this was a GREAT run!). I did my 5K as miles 2-4, plus the .1. Finished in 30:18. Wanted to beat 30 minutes, but wasn't in the cards today, it was so hot (or me anyway, love in 20-40 degrees best) and had to slow down. :(

THANKS Adam, Loved this! And love your blog!

Pam said...

That park IS pretty.

90 degrees at 7 am... dude...

Running Moose said...

Ha! Looks like you all had a lot of fun! Probably except for the batting your arms away while trying to baseball style pat some ass...

Lisa said...

My SWTO race report/summary is part of this post

http://chasinbunnies.blogspot.com/2011/06/run-run-bike-swim.html

Thanks for hosting the virtual race!

Jen said...

It does look really pretty there.

Thanks again, Adam - it was fun!

Forward Foot Strides said...

AHHHH great medals! That park is dreamlike.

XLMIC said...

That was so not fun! But I am so glad I did it! Thanks for the awesome kick in the ass :)

Race report is up:
http://didyougetanyofthat.blogspot.com/2011/06/today-i-found-my-area-of-weakness.html

runningwithoutborders said...

So I'm totally lazy but the latest post is my race recap of the SYTO5K - since I (obviously) won the division for "running in Vibrams at the last minute" - should I send you my address for my medal? LOL

Kate said...

Looks like you did a great job organizing the race. I had a great time creative writing, I mean running my race.

SquirrelHead said...

DOH! I totally forgot to print out the race bib for the run. My time wasn't fast at 39:24 but it was all jog and no walk which is my goal these days. I can't wait for the next event. Thanks

Johann said...

Agree the park is beautiful. I'm planning to run the ATY 24 hour race (Across The Years 24 Hour)in Phoenix one year.

Tricia said...

You already know how I feel about this race. I'm officially appealing to the RD to extend next years race to also have a 10mile or half option. pleeeeease

Anonymous said...

Well, somehow I got roped (Read: bribed) by our personal trainer into schlepping my husbands' ass through a 10k. What a girl will do for a free training session! So while it wasn't a fast 5k at about 38:45, it got done. From Greensboro, NC! And I loved seeing my sister in your pictures!!!

Nikki...

Laura said...

so fun! I liked doing my 'double'...

funderson said...

Looks so fun and palm-treey! Love palm trees. I posted a "race" report today. JessiePants and I failed miserably regarding bibs, distance and timing. I'm calling these our offical results:
5k'ish=however long it took us

http://funderson.blogspot.com/2011/06/sweating-my-thorns-offrace-report.html

Runners Fuel said...

Thanks for hosting such a great race! Can't wait to see the results!

51feetunder said...

Woo Hoo, good times! Ran a 25:50, check out the race report here:
http://51feetunder.wordpress.com/2011/06/27/sweat-your-thorns-off-5km-race-report/

Thanks Adam

BrianFlash said...

My race report will be up before the end of the day. 22:20 in a lonely run...

Lesley @ racingitoff.com said...

Jealous of the bling... I'm a bling addict, ya know... anyhow, report coming soon!

J said...

I signed up for the FYTO 5k but didn't end up running - a family member died over the weekend and I had to attend the funeral. So glad everyone else participated and ran well! I am enjoying the race reports!

Greg said...

http://locker29.blogspot.com/2011/06/sweat-your-thorns-off-virtual-5k-race.html

Here is my race report! I think that I could use some of that dry heat that i keep hearing about!

Al's CL Reviews said...

http://yourunnoreallyyourun.blogspot.com/2011/06/sweat-your-thorns-off-5k-report.html

juanitagf said...

Woohoo! Would have been fun to run it with people in that park! Oh, well!

Here is my RR: http://juanitagf.blogspot.com/2011/06/sweat-your-thorns-off-5k.html

Tricia said...

oh yeah, here is the link: http://www.enduranceisntonlyphysical.com/2011/06/sweat-your-thorns-off-5k.html

I hope I win for "biggest complainer" :)

Shelly said...

I'm in a 10k Training program and we had a 4 mile run scheduled on Saturday, so I used that for my 5K Race. I posted it here. http://shellylivinglaughingloving.blogspot.com/2011/06/saturday-training-run.html
My time was about 34:20. I am definitely not race ready right now due to a groin strain, but I keep running and I'm determined to be ready for my 10K in August. Thanks for the motivation to keep going on Saturday!!

Erin said...

I was a SYTO Race Bandit since I forgot to register. Luckily I was not tackled by any cops or race officials along the way. :)
With 70% humidity in North Carolina when we ran, I certainly sweat something off in my 35:17!

Jamoosh said...

Just send me my sunglasses dammit!

Kovas said...

I, for one, was hoping you would defend your crown and, since you were at the finishing area first, I guess you actually did.

Chanda M. DeFoor said...

Thanks for holding this virtual race. I hope you had a great turn-out. I am a loser. I didn't run it on Saturday as planned. I'm sorry!

Alanna said...

Finally ran my race and wrote my report:

http://running42km.blogspot.com/2011/06/belated-virtual-race-report-syto-5k.html

One day I'll take a virtual race seriously... :)

Mike said...

Oh man, I just found your blog. Would have loved to run the virtual 5K. Such a great idea. Hopefully you'll organize a 2nd one and I can participate.

Scrappytbear said...

Wish we could have all been there in person (although Virtual is fun) here is my run "report" among other stuff
http://scrappytbear-runs.blogspot.com/2011/06/moving-on.html

Have a great day!

Kate said...

You'll notice that he not only put on a big hat, but he also gained about 40 pounds and put on an old man jacket. I can be very convincing...especially after a bunch of cheap margaritas.