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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!!!

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
PIXIEMOM13 10/15/2011 4:51PM

    Nice Kilt! ;)

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KKINNEA 10/14/2011 11:27AM

    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!

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CHIFANG130 10/14/2011 11:19AM

    You guys were rocking the whole time. That was so cool and awesome!

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JANETRIS 10/11/2011 6:20PM

    Love the kid story!......Only real men wear kilts! ......Congrats on the run, and thanks for the great race report!...Jane emoticon

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OLDERDANDRT 10/11/2011 4:38PM

    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

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KINSBAILE 10/11/2011 3:15PM

    Excellent job! I need to get a 10k in!

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NANHBH 10/11/2011 1:47PM


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 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!
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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Comment edited on: 10/11/2011 1:47:56 PM

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MANDYLOVE_76 10/9/2011 5:05PM

    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

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TRIGRAMPS 10/9/2011 2:35PM

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

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ROOT4HOME 10/9/2011 11:05AM

    Great job on your new PR & kilt!! Too fun! Awesome pace too! emoticon

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MEGA_MILES 10/9/2011 2:58AM

    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

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HICKOK-HALEY 10/8/2011 10:12PM

    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

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LUCKYDOGFARM 10/8/2011 9:26PM

    Nice Job Jerome! glad you wore that kilt. looks like it was a fun time.

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CHUBRUB3 10/8/2011 8:58PM

    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!
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TORTUETOO 10/8/2011 8:50PM

    Your wife just wanted to see you run in a kilt. :) GREAT race and what a pace! Wow! Awesome job, Jerome! emoticon

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OKIEGIRL75 10/8/2011 7:55PM

    Love the kilt and your friends tutu. Congrats on your time.

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