At 9 am this morning the Frostbite 5 miler went off. Both my pre and post race thoughts were the same, this is a well run race. I know that’s a corny pun but this is organized to perfection and I give it two thumbs up. They divide the runners into sections of your mile time expectancy and that had me near the front without having to jockey for position. Compared to last year the weather was perfect. It was frigid and windy last year and this year it was probably 40+ and sunny. I started the race in fine form with a 5:30 mile which is probably a little faster than I want but not far off. I caught the two mile split at 10:50 but I think I probably misheard it. I was feeling pretty good at this point and running with a group of 6 people which made it easier. Around this point I started losing the group and was on my own. I heard 16 something (I’m sure it was 16 high) at the 3 mile and I knew I was on a good pace to run a good time. This is where things started to get interesting. At mile 4 I started to find myself in some trouble. Basically in races when people start coming from behind and passing you, you know you’ve fallen off pace. I had 2 guys pass me and then a girl at the start of 4 and I was starting to cramp up in my stomach a little bit, plus my legs were giving out. Once another girl passed me I knew I just had to finish. With 400 left I had yet another girl pass me and but fortunately I out kicked her. I finished with a time of 29:05 or so which was about 45 seconds better than last year. This was a good time but the conditions were ideal so I expected more. I’m still pretty happy with it though. Here are the results.
After the race I puked twice which was the first time that’s ever happened to me. I think it might have been from the gum I was chewing which is strange. I left immediately after the race and went to McDonald’s where I spent 7.19 and got a bacon, egg, and cheese bagel and a vanilla milkshake. While drinking the milkshake I was driving on the PA turnpike and I had an open road because all the other cars were in lanes 1 and 2. I’m not sure why drinking the milkshake has anything to do with this story but I floored it up to 120 which is one of the few times in my life I’ve eclipsed 120. I made it home safely and that brings me here typing on my keyboard about typing on my keyboard. I should have a good night tonight.