Saturday, August 30, 2014

For the Love of Lindsey 5k, take 4.

     Not my favorite race.  Always too hot.  Four years, four 90 degree days.  WTF.  The race is growing on me.  I don't like that they only do top 2 in 10 year age groups.  But at least now I know so I don't have to wait around. 
     No sooner had I parked and started making my way across the lot when someone yelled "hey Mr. Brunazzi".  Which is kind of weird... I mean, I'm not a teacher and I'm not old.. Well I guess I am getting old. 
     I signed up and then ran into Chris B. & Emery S.  The race started a little bit a late because of a new kids race this year.  While I stood waiting for the start a girl said "hey, you blogged about this race, right.  I read it.  It was funny.  I totally agree with you".  Which is great, except...I don't remember what I
     My goal was to run the whole race.  No walking. No stopping.  As the race started some needed clouds rolled in taking the sun of our backs.  Didn't help with the humid though.  Somewhere along the course the top 4 runners missed a turn.   So part way through they rejoined from behind.  I thought they were doing a second lap of the course!
     I finished in 23:02.  Yes, I know if I would have ran just a little bit harder at the end...  Oh well, always next time.  I got 3rd in my age group.  No medal...grrr.

Brain Cancer Awareness 5k

     It is close to home.  That is what I kept telling myself at this weekend's race.  I guess it was my fault.  I expected a small race.  What I got was a circus.  This was the kind of race I would think should be in downtown Pittsburgh and labeled a "walk". 
     Parking was as far back as a mile from the race.  When I got to the end of the road there were a bunch of huge tents.  There were dogs (a lot of them), costumed characters, and little kid cheerleaders.  The huge tents were not registration, as most runners would think..."I say nay-nay".  Registration was in fact a little farther back in the woods at a shelter.  It was staffed by a ton of volunteers.  All of whom were happy to take my money but not sure what I should do with my now filled out registration form.  Five people later I was shown to the far back of the shelter where I was give a bib and chip. 
     I did not like this 5k.  The reason is because it was not a race.  It was a walk, that also had a running race.  The whole time it felt like the runners were a second thought to everything also going on.  And there was a lot going on.
     The course was the same hilly one from the 5k to Fight Decay.  The race director asked if I liked the tough course.  I answered with, "this is the third time I ran it".  The race director was the only one there that seemed to care about the runners.  I'm not sure if she had a hand in all the other stuff going on or it just got out of control. 
      There was too much humid and I crashed and burned.  25 minute + 5k.  BOO!!!   I did get 1st in my age group and a ribbon..... 

Friday, August 15, 2014

Summer Races in Review

     I have not written a post in two & half months.  Not because I have not been running & racing, I have been.  I just cut out a few things to spend more time with my daughter.  Now I am sitting here trying to figure out a way to write about nine different races.  "oy vey".

Summer Races in Review

Run for Alex
Course- 5 (awesome hill)
Stuff- 5 (I won a door prize two years in a row!  This year I won a tattoo)
Fun- 4 (it was too damn hot)

Alpha Fitness 5k
Course- 4 (love the trail, but it is an easy run)
Stuff- 3 (some dude won like 4 of the door prizes, FIXED!)
Fun- 3

Peace, Love, Run Half Marathon
Course- 3 (North Park Lake Loop, I've ran it soo many times)
Stuff- 4 (Tech shirt, finishers medal)
Fun- 3 (race was over priced)

Groundhog 5k
Course- 4 (Seems easy, but it's NOT!)
Stuff- 4 (cool medals, but I didn't win one)
Fun- 5 (Fair, bands, food!!)

Ellwood City 10k
Course- 4 (hills)
Stuff- 3 (I'm wearing their shirt right now)
Fun- 4 (Craft show, music, fair food!!)

Race to the Moon 5 mile
Course- 5 (it is at NIGHT)
Stuff- 4
Fun- 5

5k to Fight Decay
Course- 4 (a lot of hills)
Stuff- 3 (white cotton shirt w/weird tooth)
Fun- 3

Herb's Hayride Lap Race
Course- 5 (there was some mud...)
Stuff- 4 (tractor trophy)
Fun- 4 (I had to leave before the corn roast & food)


P&LE Express 4 mile (this is one of MY races)
Course- 4 (trail is great, but flat)
Stuff- 5 (tech shirts, everyone got a medal)
Fun- 4



Sunday, June 1, 2014

Warrior 5k

     Today was a cross country 5k at my local high school.  It felt weird being there.  Nothing has changed in 15 years.  I signed up for a whole bunch of races to help motivate myself.  This was one of them.  Honestly if I would not have paid, I probably would have stayed home.  I did not feel like racing today.  I worked nine days in a row and all I wanted to do was sleep.  But it is a good thing that I went,  I need to get out of the house more.

      The race started as a lap and a quarter around the track and then went up a long hill.  From there it was around the old Nike site, back down part of the hill, and a hard left toward the baseball field.  After going around the baseball field and half of the high school parking lot, you went the full lap around the high school.  Then when you got back to the beginning hill, ran down to the track, did one and a quarter more laps and then...ran across the football field to the finish line.  Sound Confusing?  It was for some.
      I went out too fast on the track and got over heated.  I ran the race in my Warrior Dash helmet which did not help keep me cool.  I finished in 23:45.    

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Blairsville 5k

   Happy Memorial Day.
   I had a 5k on Saturday and decided to do another today.  I figured my legs would be shot, but I still needed to do my training run so why not do it with people.  I did this race last year.  It is a good race, not too far away, not too expensive.  I am not sure why they do not get a bigger turn out.
   The race starts with a down hill.  I decided to just let my legs do what then felt like.  Meaning I was not going to try and race or stare at my Garmin for my pace.  I thought I was running a good 24 minute 5k, nothing great.  Around the first mile the two people in front of me, who were Indiana County Road Runners, started to slow down and I zoomed passed them.  I guessed that I was in the top 10 of probably like 40-50 people.

    I do not know why, but I like running bunny hills.  The quick up and downs break up the boring flat course.  The middle of this course was flat.  I started to pick up the pace going down a hill at about 2.3 or 2.4 (guessing) then shot back up the hill passing a guy who asked me if the race was almost over.  I replied, "up the hill, then left, then left, then left, then threw the shoot".  I think he took it as meaning no it was not close.  But it was.  I beat him and finished in 4th place with a time of 22:15.  That is the fastest that I have done two races in a weekend or 3 day period.

St Ursula 5k

     Apparently this race was not where I thought it was going to be.  I drove to the boathouse in North Park and found no race.  At first I thought that maybe I had the wrong day or time, but then I remembered that sometimes the races are held up at the pool.  Thankfully it was there or else I would have wasted gas.
     This was a nice small race.  They had extra shirts so I was able to get one in my size.  Which is always nice  Since there was no one there that I knew, I decide to go for a warm up run instead of staring into space.  A quick jog and I really felt good.  It was going to be a good run.
     There were a lot of kids in the front of the pack when the horn sounded.  By a quarter mile they were dropping like flies.  I moved up to 5th place which I held on and off for most of the race.  The race was two loops.  For most of the race there really wasn't anyone around me.  It made it a little bit boring.

     The first mile was a good 6:40, the second was 8 flat.  I was falling apart.  I knew that I needed to pick it up.  At this point a guy passed me.  That was the motivation that I needed.  I passed him.   He passed me.  This went on several times before I finally got a good lead on him.
     I finished in 21:58.  That is the best 5k time this year.

Training Note:
     For two weeks I have been picking up my running.  I went from 4-6 miles a week to close to 30 a week.  I really fell apart when my dad passed away.  Running was the last thing on my mind and really the hardest thing to make myself do.  It feels great to be back in shape again.  

Saturday, May 17, 2014

West Newton 10k

     The morning of the race I was planning on running the 5k.  Last year if you remember I ran both the 5k and 10k.  There was no option of that this time.  I wasn't really sure if I could do a 10k, but when I saw that the price was the same for both distances...  I went with the 10k.
     As I was signing in, I saw the race director volunteer himself to hand out timing chips.  I thought to myself, that's not going to work...  I walked back to the car to get my water bottle, then back to the registration.  I stood back and watched for a minute.
     The director kept getting asked questions by volunteers and runners, finally I stepped in and offer to hand out the timing chips.  He agreed to let me.

     Before the race I was feeling pretty good.  I just wanted to be able to finish the race.  I started out slow and focused on my pace.  The 5k and 10k ran out together, so I had no idea who I was running against.  Not that it mattered, really. 

     The last two miles of the race I was going back and forth with 3 people.  I ended up passing all of them before the finish.  I ended with a time on 52:29 and 18th place. 

     I have to start running more.  I need to get back to my time/pace.