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I just ran <a href="http://www.oymp.net/Raceinfo/dw5k.html" target="_blank">this 5k</a> this evening. I had run a 5k on Saturday as well, the <a href="http://www.teterboroairport5k.org/Teterboro/default.htm" target="_blank">Teterboro Airport 5k</a>, in <a href="http://www.compuscore.com/cs2007/july/teterbo1.htm" target="_blank">22:52</a>. I didn't post a race report for that race, but I did post a few pics on <a href="http://kickrunners.com/forum/showthread.php?t=7897&page=2" target="_blank">this page</a> of the 30s daily thread over the weekend.<br><br>
Tonight's 5k had easily the largest field I've been involved with for a 5k. The previous largest one was a Turkey Trot last November, which also happened to be where I got my PR, <a href="http://www.hmrrc.com/View/PDFs/Results/06cardiac.htm" target="_blank">22:23</a>. That one had 894 people. This one had an announced field of 2200!! I had gone into this race hoping for a PR, but when I saw how crowded the field was, I thought it might be difficult.<br><br>
Sure enough, it was slow going at the beginning. That's always a bit frustrating. According to my Garmin, I finished the first mile in 7:22. Not terrible, but slow enough that it would be hard to PR. Second mile had a teeny little hill, but nothing too bad. Still, I only managed to increase my pace to 7:16. Seeing that kinda surprised me, because I felt like I ran much faster in that second mile once I was mostly free from the crowd, but I guess not. Finally, I did the third mile in 7:06, which is really where I wanted to be all along.<br><br>
So bottom line... 22:51 (according to the sheet printed out at the race and stuck to the wall). Official results will be online soon, I suppose. But if that time holds up, that means I was <b>one second</b> faster than on Saturday. Well, at least I'm consistent.<br><br>
ETA: Final results are in <a href="http://www.compuscore.com/cs2007/july/westnit1.htm" target="_blank">here</a>, and yup, it's a 22:51. Also, <a href="http://maps.google.com/maps?q=http://trail.motionbased.com/trail/kml/episode.kml?episodePkValues=3448928" target="_blank">here's</a> the Google map of the course, just for fun.<br><br>
Anyway, this was billed as a "5k and pizza extravaganza", so I made sure to partake of the free pizza. Well, "free" after paying the registration fee. I didn't take any BobCam shots during the race, but I took a few before and after. Here we go...<br><br>
Here's the crowd before the race. And these are just the people behind me. As I said, largest crowd I've seen at a 5k.<br><img alt="" src="http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v47/bobmann/Running_General/DSC00232.jpg" style="border:0px solid;"><br><br><b>Fort hose</b> who were with me at the New Jersey Marathon weekend this year, there might be a familiar "face" in this shot:<br><img alt="" src="http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v47/bobmann/Running_General/DSC00229.jpg" style="border:0px solid;"><br><br>
Here I am sampling the 'za after the race. Thankfully I finished in the top 15 or 20% of runners, which meant I was able to get my 4 slices before the lines got too long. This pic is reminiscent of the ones I took during my July 4th bike ride thru New York City, <a href="http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v47/bobmann/Manhattan%20Ride%20July%204%202007/06-CentralParkHotDog.jpg" target="_blank">here</a> and <a href="http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v47/bobmann/Manhattan%20Ride%20July%204%202007/13-SouthStHotDog.jpg" target="_blank">here</a>, only with pizza instead of hot dogs.<br><img alt="" src="http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v47/bobmann/Running_General/DSC00236.jpg" style="border:0px solid;"><br><br>
They annoucned that they served 600 pizzas. That's a lot of pizzas...<br><img alt="" src="http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v47/bobmann/Running_General/DSC00239.jpg" style="border:0px solid;"><br><br>
I like the T-shirt they gave out...<br><img alt="" src="http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v47/bobmann/Running_General/DSC00226.jpg" style="border:0px solid;"><br><br>
Anyway bottom line, no PR. But I felt good, and I think that if the crowd wasn't so dense, I might have been able to go just fast enough to get it. Maybe I just need to enter a smaller race next time. Oh well, I'll take it...<br><br>
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A near PR, a celebrity sighting, cool t-shirt and free pizza (well, kind of) - sounds like a great Wednesday night to me.<br><br>
Excellent race Bob.
 

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Who is familiar? I want in! <img alt="sad.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/sad.gif"><br><br><b>Good job on the race</b> and definitely try something smaller if you're still trying to PR this year in 5K. Big, short races drive me batty, batty, batty!<br><br>
Your pizza pictures just made me hungry...I was really about to drink some milk and go to bed, but now I might have to actually eat something...
 

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Two 5k's in five days? <img alt="notworthy.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/notworthy.gif"><br><br>
Super report--it sounds like a fun race. I wish there were more weekday races around here.<br><br><img alt="icon_cheers.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/icon_cheers.gif">
 

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<b>boB:</b><br><br>
Super race!<br><br>
You know, I really enjoy your race/ride/run reports. They're fun to be a part of. If only in the virtual sense. Thanks for sharing. <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif">
 

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Thanks, guys. Yeah, I'm pleased with the run. It was a fun race...<br><br>
In that pic, you can see Larry The Lighthouse, who is the mascot of the New Jersey Marathon. It's a guy who runs races wearing a 6foot cardboard lighthouse on his head. You can see him at the back of the crowd in that second pic. He runs the races as "Larry Lighthouse", and you can find his results on the results page <a href="http://www.compuscore.com/cs2007/july/westnit1.htm" target="_blank">here</a>. He ran the 5k in 37:03, good for 1818th place. He runs marathons wearing that thing. He's not fast, but how can you expect anyone to be fast while wearing that?<br><br>
As for me, I finished 353rd out of 2003. Thus I finished behind 17.6% of the runners, which I think is a new best for me. During my PR in the Turkey Trot, I was at 18.3%. So hey, this might not be a PR in time, but it's a PR of sorts, eh? <img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif">
 

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Here's another pic of Larry that I took after the race...<br><img alt="" src="http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v47/bobmann/Running_General/DSC00240.jpg" style="border:0px solid;">
 

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Congrats Bob! I can't imagine running 2 speedy 5K's so close together. wow!
 

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Larry:<br><br>
Nice run. What a crowd. I'm telling ya, we've gotta get in on this lighthouse thing. He thinks he's got that division locked up!
 

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That lighthouse thing says to me I need a running schtick. I need a schtick. What would be a good schtick?<br><br>
I know, running with a running chainsaw. Oh yeah, that'd get me some notice.
 

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Not bad. A chainsaw, a hockey mask, and a good primal scream. That'd make a good schtick. <img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif"><br><br>
And you might be able to get other runners to move out of your way even better than <b>Voodoo</b> thundering down the street yelling at people...
 

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Way to go, <b>Bob</b>! One second faster than Saturday in a big crowd and with tired legs??? You'll get your PR very soon, my friend!
 

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Great race and another great report. Love the BobCam pics, as always.
 

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<b>boB</b><br>
Thanks for the report...wished I could have been there. Your photos brought back some memories. My grandparents lived at 544 Lenox Ave and I used to venture down into the big city of Westfield (I grew up in a town of 684 people) and wander around (it was still relatively safe to do so then). Anyway, I recognize the area in your photos...great stuff. Good action shot w/the 'za.<br><br>
I also like <b>Scratch</b>'s idea of a shtick. I have seen too many blues brothers, brides & grooms, jugglers, etc. Best way to come up with ideas for a shtick is to run a haloween race. I have run as the <span style="color:#00FF00;">incredible hulk</span> and with 3 friends as the Baseball Furies (<a href="http://warriorsmovie.co.uk/gangs/" target="_blank">http://warriorsmovie.co.uk/gangs/</a>).
 
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