I had heard they were expecting about 1200 runners for this race so I was surprised to see in the results there were only 678 finishers. Still, that’s a big race and I used my standard scientific measure of race size: I watch for Linda to cross the finish line then I go to meet her. If I can find her right off the bat then it’s a fairly small race. Today I walked around for about 10 minutes until somebody who had seen her heading for the porta potties headed me in the right direction.
The Run for Your Cause 4-Miler is the second of only two double points races in the RFYL Grand Prix and the fifth race in the nine-race series so all of the fast folks vying for position in the Grand Prix were there. I received a jolt of reality when I found out that a couple of the fastest runners in the 50-54 age group had recent birthdays and are now in my age group, dropping me like a ruptured colostomy bag out of the running for placing in the top 3. Optimist that I am though, I see that as an opportunity to not have to go out and spend money on that new trophy case I’ve had my eye on.
I was actually happy with my own race though. I finished in 28:38 (7:10 pace), which is almost 2 minutes faster than my only previous 4-mile race back in March. I read Theoden’s blog just before writing this one and he mentioned that the third mile was the slowest for almost everyone he had talked to. I hadn’t noticed it, but I checked my Garmin and it was my slowest mile too (mile splits 7:21, 6:53, 7:26, and 6:55). I didn’t really notice anything in the third mile to slow me down other than I was kind of tired because I just ran 2 miles, but I have a hard time remembering all kinds of things these days (anybody seen my keys?).
The T-shirt for this race was the best ever: a white tech material Asics T-shirt without a lot of ads on the back — just the race logo, which is pretty cool looking. And there was a similar pink shirt for the female runners.
I was surprised there was very little food after the race. No fruit and only some bread from Great Harvest Bread Company and some coconut macaroons from another sponsor (sorry I didn’t get their name). Both the bread and the macaroons were excellent, but in a race of this magnitude we’re expecting a bit more in the food department ya know? We’re getting used to it though and now know that it can be feast or famine after a race so we’re used to stopping somewhere and eating on the way home.
I was also surprised that the age group awards were drinking glasses once again. Ugh. What’s up with that? I was almost relieved I didn’t place and have to try not to break my glass on the way home, lest I not be able to say to family and friends, “Look at this here glass I won.” Are all the trophy shops closed down or what?