It has a slow running week, not to many miles to talk about since I'm supposed to be tapering for the Chicago Marathon next weekend. So far it is supposed to be mid 50's and maybe rain. Running a marathon in the rain in the 50's. That sounds so familiar.
But Saturday was the Pumpkins in the Park 5k. I had entered the 5k the day before and at that time 1500+ people had signed up. That many people running a 5k on a running path. That's not going to be pretty.
So getting ready for the race, I put on my IM Wisconsin TRI shorts, before they were a little big on me, XL (okay, they were on sale). Now they fit more tighter, OH! a bad sign. Then the "under armor" type shirt goes on and then racing jersey. I look down, low and behold I could not see more of my feet. WTF, I think the daily dose of doughnuts and late night ice cream binges has made me into a "FAT BASTARD". Now it takes 6 months to get into descent IM shape and 4 weeks to totally reverse it. What is the balance in that. I think I need to call "GUT BUSTERS" and not "GHOST BUSTERS" at this point. OH MY!!!
Off to the race, my daughter will be doing the Spooky sprint dash, then the wife and kiddo will be doing the 5k walk afterwards. I must tell you, Chicago traffic in the city really sucks, parking is even worst. I only had time to drop them off so she could do her race. They had 200 kids doing the Spooky dash, but she ran the whole 50 yrds all by herself.
How fast they grow up.
When the 5k race started, the announcer said that 2400 people signed up for this years 5k run/walk. So now, this was not going to be race but a casual training run for most of us. I had started somewhere in the middle of the pack for the race. The horn goes off. Now comes the weaving, occasional bump, and running on the outside for the 1st mile. I think that takes more energy out of me than anything else. It was a little bit crazy but I wanted to make the best of it. I have not run a 5k since the early part of the year and wander if I still had any speed (for me anyways) left in me.
The 1st mile came to an 8 minute pace, not pretty, after the 2nd mile I had more breathing room but still had to weave around people. Overall time 23:28, 7:31 pace. 30 seconds off my 5k pace this year. So I think my body is telling me to chill after the marathon. My right foot is swollen for some DAM reason, my left foot was swollen after my masters swim class last week. Go figure that.
So the motto for the day. WHO you going to call? GUT BUSTERS.
Actually that comes next week when they open me up for my hernia surgery. Maybe they can put six pack abs in there while they are in there. Does HMO cover THAT?