Saturday, June 20, 2009

Hammer It 5K Race Report --it was wet!


This was the race t-shirt...yes, that's a hammer and yes it's running....uh, yeah....


I was looking forward to this 5K race for two reasons. 1) the start/finish line was like 1/2 a mile from my house (I walked to it) and 2) I was pretty sure I was going to PR.

This was the first year for this race and it is sponsored by the local home builders in the area. I knew it would be a small race, and it was. There were maybe 100 runners, tops. I woke up and took my time getting around but then looked out the window---rain. Yep, it was rainy as could be, with no sign of letting up. So I prepared mentally for my first race in the rain.

Before the race I ran into my friend Chuck, as well as Fair Weathered Runner (who took 1st in her age group by the way--props!) but a few other people I thought might run were evidently kept away due to the rain.

I ran a pretty good race, although jumping over puddles periodically caused a few challenges, and there was one drainage ditch that you just had to run through, so I ended up with wet shoes/socks. I also felt about 4 pounds heavier from running in rain soaked clothing. It was also great running past my house at about the 2.5 mile mark, my wife and kids were in lawn chairs under umbrellas cheering me on, which was fun.

Anyway, I did PR ! (though not fast by many runners' standards) My previous PR was 27:24, and my main goal for this race was to break 27 minutes, which I did. Finish time: 26:40, which is about a 8:34 pace. Although I didn't age-group place, I ran pretty consistent and was glad to have broken 27 minutes. Now I can keep training and working to improve on that time.

warming up in the rain...

my friend Chuck...we share the same last name so everyone thinks we're related...

pre-race registration, everyone huddling under this shelter until right before the start


Just to show you how much it was raining, these are my boys playing in the rain right after the race....
Updated: Happy Runner has a cool giveaway going on--check it out.

29 comments:

HEATHER said...

GREAT JOB on the PR! I love running in the rain, and that t-shirt ...so funny i'd actually wear it often :)

Fair Weather Runner said...

you did so great! that was a fun race, i kinda liked running in the rain! YAY. i'm sending peeps to your blog to check out how rainy it was since i didn't get any pictures, glad you did. again, NICE WORK on the PR!

Lisa Slow-n-Steady said...

great job - PR in the rain! And that's fast by MY standards. But I guess I'm not most runners. hehehe

Chic Runner said...

WOW nice job in all that rain... but that tshirt, holy amazingness! ha ha ha i couldn't stop laughing. Great job Oz!

Jess said...

Good job on the PR! Love the pics of your boys playing in the rain!

Lacy said...

Yeah, were all going to be drying our shoes out tonight!
I was soaked to the bone today...got to love the slosh in your shoes!
Congrats on a PR, that's always a good feeling.

Non-related question. Did you ever do youth ministry on the west side of wichita?

Diana said...

Congrats on the PR! Gotta love running in the rain!
Sorry about the Tshirt-that was some bad designing!

teresa segovia said...

It was a great run, was concerned about rain but turned out to be nice and cool. I was a alittle distraught about the double stroller and her partner side by side taking up whole side walk, i was afraid of passing them in the grass. I was finally able to pass them when we got off of hydraulic.
finished in good time and would definitley do this again. Great tshirts.

joyRuN said...

Congrats on the PR!

The boys look like they're having a total blast in the rain :D

Brandi said...

Great Job! Way to PR and it be during a rainy race!!! Congrats!!!!

Love the shirt too! How creative!!!

AKA Alice said...

Congrats on the PR...Love the pix of your boys playin' in the rain...that is priceless.

OK...the shirt...there was a kids drawing contest and that was the winner, right? (too funny...gosh I hope it was drawn by a kid...)

Oh, and Happy Father's Day!

lindsay said...

congrats on a rainy pr!! the playing in the rain pic is so cute. the t-shirt is cute, but yeah probably relegated to the training-t-shirt pile. :)

azfaninwichita said...

Just wanted to clarify the comments on the t-shirt. The logo was a contest that was won by a local Park City elementary school child -- he received a gift certificate as a prize. All proceeds of the run went to the Park City library (thank you to all the runners). This was the first run in Park City -- and it is planned to be an annual event (hopefully, with not as much rain next year). Just happen to know all of this because I'm the hubby of the race director (her first) -- watched 6 months of work go into an event that lasted a couple hours total. Much more relaxing when she is just a runner in these races.

RunningLaur said...

That's a lot of rain!!

Congrats on the PR, I like how the hammer is running nails into the ground. funny, funny. You should have your kids each try and draw a better logo!

Oz Runner said...

to azfan: ah, that makes sense on the shirt...and tell your wife i think she did an excellent job with the race...to have to deal with that kind of weather on your first event as director has to be tough, but it went off without a hitch...she is to be commended.....i really hope they do this run again next year, too, it was fun......

RunToFinish said...

hehe your boys are cracking me up!! But not more than that awful shirt!

way to go on a PR i not the best conditions

I Run for Fun said...

Congratulations! Awesome PR and amusing T-shirt! Love the pics of your boys in the rain.

ShirleyPerly said...

Congrats on the PR! I think running in warm rain is more pleasant than running in sweltering heat. Either way, good job!

The Happy Runner said...

Congratulations on the PR!!

It looks like the hammer is on fire?

Ashley said...

Nice job on the PR! Esp in all that crazy rain!!! That's so awesome that the race route went right by your house! :)

chris mcpeake said...

Congrats on the PR especially in the pouring ran

SeeGirlRun said...

Congrats on the PR! Too cool!

Runner Mom said...

Congrats on your PR!! Especially in the rain!! And that was a fun shirt! Elaine(Peace for the Journey) and I ran 4.5 in the pouring down rain last Tuesday! Mercy! Not fun, but we talked the whole time so I enjoyed it! The pics of your boys looks like what we tackled!

How did camp go--or is it this weekend? I found more hardened rice krispie treats in child#2's bathing suit pockets! That suit is about to be trashed! Swim meet tonight--and they're calling for more H2o!I know we've had a drought for the past 3 years... but!! Have a great week!!
Blessings!
Susan

Runner Leana said...

Wow, it really WAS raining! Congratulations on the brand new PR, and under those wet conditions too!

Hi! I'm Erin said...

Awesome job on the PR in less than ideal conditions. That rain is crazy!

X-Country2 said...

Wow, that's RAIN! Fantastic job on the PR.

aron said...

YAY congrats on the PR!!! so awesome!

Sotally Tober said...

Don't discount your accomplishments by comparing it to "others". A PR by 44 seconds!! Can't complain about that. I'm a firm believer that one person's PR could easily have been for more difficult and more of an achievement than another, faster runner's. GREAT RUN!

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