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A Local 5K<br>
Wakefield, MA<br>
Saturday, Nov. 22, 2008<br><br>
After a night of putting away several pints (who am I kidding, they were "big boy" 24 oz'ers!) of Fosters in celebration of all things Down Under at the Outback, I toed the line of my second 5K of the year and second in 3 weeks in down-right brutal windy and way-too cold air. Race time temperatures were 20F, maybe a little higher, but much colder to the feel with the brisk wind of, maybe, 25 mph. All of this was actually good for me since it completely allowed me to check expectations at the registration table and just get out there and have fun -- and get in a quality workout. That doesn't mean I wouldn't give it my all; just meant it would be carefree. A major bonus was bumping into MasterOfSomething, who kindly offered his assistance in helping put on the race.<br><br>
So with a brutal wind holding temperatures below 20F, the countdown began to start the race. Bang! With that 200 (?) runners pushed forward into the cold and wind, very slow conditions.<br><br>
Having had a good enough warmup, my legs were actually moving very well right away. I got off the line fast, jockied around a few, gave an elbow here and there, and found myself a minute in right behind the lead pack with one guy, the eventual winner, in a league of his own already way out in front. The guy in front gave a glance back at the first turn, about a quarter mile in, and wasn't seen again. Meanwhile, the lead pack of 4 held sturdy with a strong pace.<br><br>
By mile one, I worked my way around another runner into 6th place, with noboby between me and the lead pack of 4. The first place guy was now far from memory, as he was gone. This stretch was due into the wind. My hands grew cold, as I tucked them inside my gloves and punched on.<br><br>
Between miles one and two I made a tactical decision to stay compact and focused and try in a controlled manner to catch the lead pack. I knew I had about a 2% chance of actually doing it, but I figure it would start to blow up in a short time.<br><br>
By mile two, now with the wind squarely at our backs, I saw a guy from the pack start to drop back. I knew I had him. Just as it motivated me to think that I might be able to pick off yet another from that pack and possibly move into 4th place, I heard feet stomping behind me. At first I thought it was my hometown buddy, Fast Frankie, who to my surprise I hadn't yet seen. Fast Frankie is the guy who passed me at mile 2 in the last 5K I did and held on for a 10 second lead.<br><br>
Just then the stomping behind me made a move. In the end, it wasn't Fast Frankie. Rather, it was another guy. And when he made his move, he did it with authority, turning up the pace and blowing by me even though I hadn't slowed at all. Somehow I knew his pass was too much.<br><br>
So now I was in 7th place. As this was happening, I came upon the guy who dropped from the lead pack to pull even with 6th place. While all of this was happening, I heard behind me the soft efficient footfalls of none other than Fast Frankie. Sure enough, it was him.<br><br>
Now running together, Fast Frankie and I pushed through mile 3, passed the guy who had passed with authority earlier, and the right at the 3 mile mark passed the guy who had been with the lead pack.<br><br>
Finally with the finishline in sight, Fast Frankie, already nearly 10 seconds up on me, then me, then the guy we just passed all made an early kick for the tape. I was able to ditch the guy behind while gaining back much on Fast Frankie until, 3 seconds back, I ran out of room.<br><br>
Time: 18:22 (I think)<br>
6th place overall<br>
1st place age group<br><br>
All of this was good for a goodie bag stuffed with, among other things, $30 Gift Certificates to Dicks, which to me is as good as cash since I spend a good amount of money there anyway.<br><br>
Second race in a row that paid for itself!
 

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Actual gift certificates!<br><br>
Way cool.<br><br>
I've never quite understood why some races call them goody bags, when all that's in them are entry forms to other races. lol<br><br>
Sounds like you had fun.<br>
Good race.
 

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You get better swag than they give at IM!
 

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Isn't that like the last step before turning pro? <img alt="wink.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/wink.gif"><br><br>
Great job!
 

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Good lord, that's pretty fast. <img alt="shock.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/shock.gif"> Congratulations! <img alt="surprised.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/surprised.gif">ccasion5:
 

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Thanks for the kind words. I've said it before, but 5K's are so short of a race that although the pain is sharp, it is over so quickly, and you don't even need water or Gatorade to get you through!<br><br>
I got to thinking more about this race, and I should contact the RD, which I will likely do because I know her and will no doubt bump into her within a month or so...<br><br>
This race is a true local hometown race. It is put on by the Y. Everything about is lowkey. Most people know each other. It appears very well run. And best of all for complete inclusion is afterwards they have a ton of good stuff to raffle off, there's a good spread of donuts and fruits and even hot cider, and we can all fit inside the back of a warm church to celebrate the day, hand out awards, and then be done as quickly as we got started.<br><br>
MasterOfSomething is a big part in this race, and you can bet that I got to see his smiling face several times. Nice work, my friend. And please pass good word along to the RD... I'm sure I'll see her at some point to tell her myself. But the race is overall fun, lowkey in a down-home way, and so easy to participate. As I was leaving I was talking to several mothers whose kids did the kids run -- and they were raving about the experience their kids had.<br><br>
Actually, this wasn't one of those goodie bags. They did have those. This was a goodie bag they gave me for coming in 1st in age group, and you know what, it was filled with some useful yet basic things. Most times you get crap. This was all useful. Good stuff.<br><br>
Best Ironman goodie bag I got was at Ironman Coeur d'Alene. They had a license plate frame reading IMCdA, a pair of M-dot wigwam socks, several PowerBar flavors, and more, but as an extra as being a part of Ironman Community Fund, they included an Ironman Coeur d'Alene fleece pullover that I still wear to this day, a Headsweats visor, a t-shirt, and a few other things.<br>
As intriguing a thought as this is, the truth is, Pro's would be winning these things. They're in their own category. But that doesn't mean I wont keep taking lobs at them. <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif">
 

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Nice job, Thor. Way to dominate another local 5K. I am suprised you've thawed enough to type. It's friggin' Canada cold outside.
 

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You drank Fosters?? Again?? How many times do I have to tell you people that real Aussies do not drink Fosters??!! I don't even drink and I know that Fosters is a nasty excuse for beer. No wonder Fast Frankie got past you again <img alt="roll_eyes.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/roll_eyes.gif"><br><br>
Congrats on another great race, Thor. When you come down here we'll have to educate you about real Aussie beer.
 

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Hey-hey now. As a fan of good beer, I *know* Fosters is a poor excuse for beer. It is akin to Scudweiser, but perhaps slightly better. I know that. But when you can't get any other Australian beer on tap in this part of the world, and you want to celebrate, and the Ironmate wants a Bloom'n Onion, then you go to Outback, you order up a big boy Fosters, and you enjoy the hell out of it!<br><br>
And you know what? I'll be ordering up some "oil cans" before next October. You can be sure of that. Because drinking something like that, with an extra meaning, makes it taste all that much better!<br><br>
Now I just gotta find a sponsor who will pay for my flight.
 

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Glad I'm not the only one who sometimes gets unholy cravings for Bloomin' Onions. <img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif"><br><br>
Great job Speedy! I can't begin to understand why you're not a fan of the short stuff. Must be all that breathing and pain involved. <img alt="wink.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/wink.gif">
 

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Ella is right Thor - listen to the girl - Fosters is like cats pee (Just a bit worse)<br><br>
Well done on the race - pretty speedy for a long distance specialist<br><br>
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Nice racing Thor.<br><br>
And I'm with you on the Fosters. Often after a race we go to the Outback near our home, for a baked potato soup, large cheesefries and a big Fosters.
 

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Thor, I will pass along the comments to RD. Glad to hear you enjoyed the race. Pretty strong field for a small race which is a good sign.
 

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You crack me up!! Love the RR........good job (as usual) fasthole <img alt="notworthy.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/notworthy.gif">
 
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