Wow, it was a fun race. Although none of us (TJ, RS or myself) met our goals, we all did well.
Just a quick recap. The Spring Scramble was the first race of any type we ran last year after we began running. In fact, I had only run 3 miles a couple times before the race. So this race has memories attached to it. I figured I would first post how we did last year and then post this year’s results.
Last year’s race results were:
Me: Finished 83rd overall, last in my age group at 31:28 (10:07 pace).
TJ: Finished 11th overall, first in his age group at 22:27 (7:13 pace).
RS: Finished 90th overall, last in his age group at 32:35 (10:29 pace)
Really not bad considering I had only been running a month and TJ and RS had been running just a couple of weeks. In fact, TJ ran in old sneakers that had to be glued the night before!
Okay, on to Spring Scramble 2013.
We arrived a little later than planned, but still had time to run our warmups and strides before the gun went off. It was great seeing collegues from work and a couple of other new friends I’ve made on twitter lately. I’m not sure they want their names listed so I am being a bit vague on purpose.
It was supposed to rain all day, but didn’t rain a drop. It was very humid though which made things a little hard, but the temps were in the 70s and being overcast made it a good Spring race.
I did well. I used my iSmoothRun app and wireless headsets to keep my pace. I set the app for a pace of 6:30. I was only 3 seconds behind after the first mile, but I knew by then I wasn’t going to keep that pace up. The app did help a lot in keeping me running as fast as I could for the whole race. Of course TJ was way off in front of me and RS dropped back behind me early. I expected both, as TJ is a much faster runner than I and RS has just started getting over a virus that had him in bed for a week. He did amazingly well as did TJ in this race.
I also decided not to wear my racing flats because I’ve only warn them twice and they killed my feet during my workout. So I went with my Saucony Fastwitch shoes. I love those shoes, but I wonder if I would have done better if I still had my A5’s.
Enough said… Here are our result for this year (the full results aren’t out yet, but this is what we know):
Me: Finished 5th overall, first in my age group at 21:42 (6:59 pace).
TJ: Finished 3rd overall – Wow!
RS: Finished ??? overall, second in his age group!
I don’t have TJ or RS’s times with me, but I will update this post after I ask them. I know TJ was around 19 minutes and RS around 28 minutes.
So we all got metals, the first time that has happened.
For me personally it was a great race, even though I didn’t hit near the 20:00 mark. I did PR my 5K by about 25 seconds. Also, finishing 5th overall was just amazing for me. Just guessing, there were probably 120 people who came. I know over 170 signed up. I think the weather kept some away. So not a big race, but it was sweet to see the improvement we all had in just 1 year. I am so proud of my boys!
That’s it for now. I signed up for another 5K in two weeks. I’m not going to push it for this one. I’m just going to go out and have fun. I don’t yet know if TJ or RS can get off of work to go with me, but I hope so.
Thanks for reading and for all the encouragement during my achilles injury!!!
Wow! Amazing! My first race is coming up next Monday and I can’t even imagine a time where I would running a sub 7 mile. Congratulations!
Thanks! I felt that way too no that long ago. You can get there. I look forward to hearing how yours goes.
Congratulations Tom and the boys. Great racing! One of these days you guys should come up here for the Memorial Day and/or the 4th of July race.
Thanks Gary. I would like to come up for one of those races. I just wish it wasn’t so far away.
Tom, I guess I didn’t fill in my info for the comment above. Just letting you know it was me.
Wow, what a difference a year makes! A testament to commitment and drive to improve. Fantastic job and congratulations on a great race!!!!!
Thank you!!! It was rewarding as I know your first 5K Saturday was for you!!!!