Well first off (not to count my chickens before they hatch) I am starting to form Team Brunazzi into a non profit. A lot more work ahead of me in the coming weeks sure. But it will be worth it.
I have changed my yearly race goal to just getting to race number 100. That means only 30 races instead of 40. But we will see.
I signed up for a half marathon next weekend. It is in Ohio so that will knock one more state off my list. I have PA,WV, and MD so far. My half followed training plan calls for 12 miles. So I thought what the heck, I can do 13.1. :o) Unfortunately that makes that race number 77. Oh well.
Now on to race number 76, the Spring Thaw. This race was 20 miles with 4 laps around a lake. There were 1,200 people and the first thing that happened was I lost my group. I started searching for them and then decided to stop moving, someone would have to walk by me. I saw Sara first and then we starting toward the starting line because there were only 10 minutes left. Next we found Chris and then Jason who was already at the 8 minute pacer sign. Jason had agreed to pace me for the race and Chris said that he would run with us. When the gun went off Chris took off like a deer running from a sound in the woods. I had a feeling he would try to go too fast. Well faster then I wanted to run for 20 miles.
The first loop was good. A bit faster then I wanted. I was trying to stay at 8 to 8:30 for the whole race.
7:58 mile 1
7:54 mile 5
Starting into the second lap, Jason told the pacer that he's shoe was untied and offered to carry the pacer sign. I was still doing pretty good. This was a good pace.
7:52 mile 6
8:00 mile 10
Note how well I was doing and then... Jason starting having trouble. I was getting tired so a bit slower pace was fine with me. Then out of no where he stops. I stopped and he yelled for me to keep going. I assumed he would catch up, but he never did. He dropped from the race at mile 14. I have to say, it was great having a personal pacer for 13 miles. It's probably the only way I kept up at that pace. By mile 15 I was starting to slow down. I was tired and unmotivated and thinking about stopping. Just then Allison, aka super runner, passed me and yelled "Shane!". It is good to have someone cheering for you. I need the boost. She asked how I was doing, I replied "I'm doing bad". I decided to keep going though.
8:11 mile 11
8:47 Pacer drops
10:05 mile 15
After going through the check point I found a bathroom. How do people run this far, drink that much water, but not have to go? I was out of GU Energy Gel so I got one of the gels at the water stop. Bad idea! This was the worst tasting not off crap ever! I love my GU!
This was the, oh please let it over, part of the race. I ran, I jogged, and I walked the hills. I keep getting passed and then I would passed the same lady over and over. I could not find the will power to get my pace back up for that long. But I finished and that was the point, right? Time of 2:56:50.
10:03 mile 16
10:17 mile 20