Oh well – I did not have a 5K PR in the couples relay but I did have a great time!
I rode a really hard ride on Saturday along with a bunch of people from Forward Motion Race Club and with a match.com guy I had had one other date with. He’s nice but so not the guy. His group ride behavior left something to be desired, too and then he was late for Slum Dog Millionaire to which I had bought the tickets since he was late and about which he said nothing so buh-bye to him.
Anywho.. this is about my race, not my date. The day dawned wet and dreary and pretty much stayed that way. My better half in relay running showed up at my house and we drove together to Oakland for the start. Look how excited we are – we’re glowing!
We picked up the bibs and my partner asked if she could go first so she could get it over with. That was fine with me. When she got back to the start we did a nice running hand off (you just have to touch) and it was game on! I turned my iPod on to The Pretender by the Foo Fighters and took off at a 7:55 pace. Brilliant. It was pouring rain, I had no pocket for the iPod and I started out way too fast. The iPod died, I died, and then our 12 year old teammate streaked past me calling out “good job!” and I settled in to about an 8:25 pace which was much better.
I managed an 8:22 for the first mile and a 8:17 for the second but I kept getting passed and then the rain picked up and it was pouring. I guess I backed off a whole lot because mile 3 was a 9:25 and then I picked it back up a bit and the last little bit was an 8.50 so my overall time was a 26:55 or 13 seconds under my PR.
After the race we all hung out and ate coffee cake and bagels with cream cheese and fruit and drank coffee and shivered together because it was wet and cold. But it was fun – very fun. Thanks to all my team mates for coming out to play in the rain!