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.
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!!!