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Saturday, May 21, 2011

Narrow River 10K

I took a goose egg yesterday (Friday).  There just is not enough time in the day to fulfill all of my obligations (including alcohol).  I ultimately spent all afternoon and Friday evening digging more holes and pouring more concrete (12 bags)...just me, beer and a battalion of mosquitoes. Despite this setback, I was still excited to run the Narrow River 10K today.  It is another small road race (out & back) and I really enjoy it because of the course AND there is a significant absence of 6.2 milers around these parts.

After doing an easy 2-2.5 mile warm up along the water I decided to throw caution to the wind and line up at the start in the front (given the "less-than-stellar" field).  I took off at my goal pace and realized I was the in the lead.  As I've mentioned in previous posts, I hate that.  I don't have the confidence nor the ability to lead.  However, I was pushing a comfortably hard pace and decided to stick with it.  A mile in I realized/guessed that it was going to be myself and a kid my age (all over my left shoulder) duking it out.  I've never had the pleasure of having another runner dogging me for several miles but it is annoying as hell.  After trying several short bursts, and not gaining anything, I actually considered slowing my pace just a tad to allow him to pass.  I'm glad I didn't.

Around mile 4 there is a fairly significant, long hill.  It was here that I was able to pull away from him and put about 5-8 seconds between us.  I hate hills....a lot.  But apparently they pay off/help me so  I was rather pleased when I realized that I had enough of a lead now to hold him off the rest of the way.  I ended up finishing 1st overall (told you the field was small) in 37:47.  My splits were: 6:07, 12:12, 18:15, 24:18, 30:28, 36:17 (with a 5:48 mile 6!)....Here are the results overall.  Disappointed with my cheesy prize though.  It was a blurry reprinted photograph of a bald eagle--which every single age group winner of both 5K and 10K received, including the walkers!!  Where's my check for $5000 and my Asics sponsorship?!?!? :)

This is easily a new PR for 10K.  I've never really run a good one before I guess so I'm pretty happy. Not bad for a lazy drunk.

Bruins and cervezas now (along with yet MORE hole digging and cement).

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

R.I.P. Ol' Boy


                                             ANGUS  BENTLEY
                                            7/7/2001 - 5/17/2011

                                            Requiescat in Pace

Crazy day today.  Mandy texted me at school and tried calling three times while I was teaching class.  I called her back and she informed me that she came home and found Angus dead on the floor in the hallway.  He was perfectly fine and had shown no signs of any health issues.  I'm going with a heart attack or aneurysm.  Too bad....

For being such a shithead and a total pain in the ass, I still am pretty sad.  If I had to give a eulogy I don't know what I'd say but it would be pretty diverse.  Perhaps it would contain lines like this:

"Remember the time Angus tore his ACL and cost me $2000 friggin' dollars to fix it?  I wouldn't spend that much effin' money on myself but the stupid mutt gets it."

or

"Remember the time Angus ate 2 pot brownies off of the kitchen counter and spent the next 5-6 hours tripping his face off, leaning against walls, and drooling."

or

"Remember the time Angus jumped off the second story deck, sprinted out in the road and attacked a small dog running by the house.  Another vet bill that cost me hundreds...for someone else's dog!!"

or

"Remember that Angus is the sole reason why I took up running in the first place?  A massive, year old puppy that needed to be tired out and run into the ground caused me to start going out on 1-2 mile jaunts."

He bought a house with us.  He got married with us.  He had 3 children with us.

He changed my life in so many ways.

Fuckin' mutt....

I'll miss you ol' boy.

Friday, May 13, 2011

If You're Bored on Saturday...

...then watch the Bruins tomorrow night.  Muddy is excited and you should be too. They're your local team. Jump on the wagon now....1972.




PS-Puddin' not feeling fast recently. Gotta be better.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Sh*t End, A New Beginning?

Last week I only got 16 pathetic miles.  I zeroed out on Friday, Saturday and Sunday due to working at the worst place in the world (if I wasn't an atheist I'd think it was hell).  This, coupled with numerous family obligations, left me high and dry.  Awesome. As a result I've spent the last several days in a semi-depressed state, wandering around, hating the world and everyone in it.

However, at the mailbox this afternoon, I discovered some uplifting news in the form of this month's Running Times magazine. At the very top of the cover was : "Back Off: How To Use Down Weeks To Achieve New Heights".  Although the crappy week was definitely not planned in anyway, maybe I'll be okay.  The ensuing run that followed the visit to the mailbox gave me hope that maybe I'm NOT the 250 lb., 30 minute 5K blob I feel like.

We shall see.  We shall see.....