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Pumpkin Run - 10K - The REVIEW - new PR

Saturday, October 08, 2011

October 8th, 2011
Pumpkin Run 10K
Joe Pool Lake - Grand Prairie, TX

This race is sentimental for me because I ran this last year and was my first ever 10K race. I also ran this race last year with a major sports hernia and had surgery two weeks late.

I'd set out this year to be my PR, which was STILL this race from a year ago! I ran again with my friend Lynette which was an honor to run step for step most of the way. hehe. Lynette finished 3rd here last year and this year she WON! Congrats Lynette!

I came out of the gate strong with miles 1 and 2 being 7:58 and 8:07. About mile 1.5 or so, some little boy (maybe 9??) who was running the 5K looked at me and said..."Hey, can I try to keep up with you?" I said, sure, if I can try to keep up with you. He said SURE! He went on to tell me that he was kicking his Dad's tail who was also running the 5K. At the split, I said well little dude, good luck, he say's yeah, you too! Too cute!
Miles 3 and 4 were 8:30 and 8:57. It was hotter than I wanted and my piriformis started to tighten up quite a bit about mile 4. I actually had to stop and stretch for a moment.
Miles 5 and 6 were 8:53 and 8:30 with the last .31 (on my garmin) was 7:42.

Not AS fast as I wanted to run it, but I STILL got my PR by 30 seconds. I ran officially in 53:19.2 placing 8th out of 15 men in my age group. I was 54th out of 194 runners in the 10K race.

ALSO.....Lynette brought me a special gift, wasn't that nice of her! This started as a joke, then a .....then a dare....then reality! She made me a kilt, SO I WORE IT!!! LOL. It was funny and wasn't in the way. Here are a few pics.
Per Pace


Pre Race with a little LEG action


New the beginning of the race


Me and Lynette post race


Great fun....Great day...and my wife even missed her woman's retreat so she could be there to watch me, that was awesome!!!
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  • v PIXIEMOM13
    Nice Kilt! ;)
    1717 days ago
  • v KKINNEA
    Great race report! The skirt is too much - can't believe you got the PR with an extra unexpected piece of equipment - shows what a great runner you are! Congrats on your new 10K PR!
    1719 days ago
  • v CHIFANG130
    You guys were rocking the whole time. That was so cool and awesome!
    1719 days ago
  • v JANETRIS
    Love the kid story!......Only real men wear kilts! ......Congrats on the run, and thanks for the great race report!...Jane emoticon
    1721 days ago
  • v OLDERDANDRT
    emoticon Love the kilt, too!! Did you ever see the kid again? Just wondering how well he did or not! heheI bet he whooped his daddy's behind!! emoticon
    1722 days ago
  • v KINSBAILE
    Excellent job! I need to get a 10k in!
    1722 days ago
  • v NANHBH
    J-man,

    Love Sam's response --

    Oh, Running man,
    Oh, Running man,
    Why don't you get some pants on!

    OK, judging from the Chicago marathon this weekend, and now your photos, I see that racing is as much about entertaining the spectators as it is about doing well! Maybe I should rethink what I'm going to wear to my first 5K. They are encouraging us to dress up. I saw a guy at Chicago who spray painted his entire body - hair included - fluorescent orange and he had on orange running shorts, too. What to do, what do to, what to do...to be outrageous?
    emoticon a pirate?
    emoticon a fairy princess?

    Great times, Dude. Congrats on your PR. You know that it is YOU who has inspired me the most to try running. I can see now how it gets addicting!
    emoticon
    You know what, I just realized I'm gonna run a PR on 10/22 -- because I've never run before! Although maybe I need to think about beating my training times. Hmmm...

    Oh, yeah, I agree, there was no way Chelle was going to miss seeing you run in a kilt!
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    1722 days ago

    Comment edited on: 10/11/2011 1:47:56 PM
  • v USEITRLOSEIT
    TOP OF THE MORNIN TO YA ! HAHAHAHA !!! emoticon
    1723 days ago
  • v MANDYLOVE_76
    You inspire me all the time.
    I need to start running more.
    I love your sense of humor.
    I love you ran in a kilt.

    Keep up the good work dude! emoticon
    1723 days ago
  • v TRIGRAMPS
    Oh, Running man,
    Oh, Running man,
    Why don't you get some pants on!
    1724 days ago
  • v ROOT4HOME
    Great job on your new PR & kilt!! Too fun! Awesome pace too! emoticon
    1724 days ago
  • v MEGA_MILES
    Dude your a hoot!!! I used to love teaseing you, asking who were you running from. It's now clear you aren't running from anyone anymore. You run for the love of it!!! Keep going!!!! emoticon emoticon
    1724 days ago
  • v HICKOK-HALEY
    I love a good sense of humor. Looks like you and Lynette (my middle name) both have one. The kilt looks great on you hehe....You did good!! emoticon
    1724 days ago
  • v LUCKYDOGFARM
    Nice Job Jerome! glad you wore that kilt. looks like it was a fun time.
    1724 days ago
  • v CHUBRUB3
    That is fantastic! So glad you did well and had fun. love the kilt! I also noticed your friend Lynette wore the barefoot runners. Do you know if she likes them?
    Great job!
    Angela
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    1724 days ago
  • v TORTUETOO
    Your wife just wanted to see you run in a kilt. :) GREAT race and what a pace! Wow! Awesome job, Jerome! emoticon
    1724 days ago
  • v OKIEGIRL75
    Love the kilt and your friends tutu. Congrats on your time.
    1724 days ago
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