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Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Count Your Blessings

So it is June now and there is certainly a shit ton of "stuff" going on.

 School is winding down and crazier than ever.  Big stripers are actively feeding along southern shores (get 'em now before it gets too warm and you have to wait for the fall blitzes).

This one had a 12" fluke in its stomach when I filleted it!
Perhaps most important- there are seven (7) more Fridays to go before the Friday night "Thrilla' In 'Gansett" (a.k.a. - Blessing of the Fleet 10 Mile Road Race) rolls around.

Last year I was sick and actually hospitalized overnight with pretty bad Lyme Disease (high fever, facial nerve paralysis, etc.).  As a result, I was released on Friday morning and had to miss last year's race.  My wife teased me and asked if I was considering running it despite still feeling dizzy, stiff, and super tired.  In between getting out of bed to take medication, I did shuffle around and continually look out the windows thinking to myself: "Joke's on you, woman -- the thought has crossed my mind at least ten different times throughout the day".

At any rate, it's tough to beat a fantastic (hot, humid, sweaty, near death-inducing?) race.  I cannot help but begin to think about and anticipate it (just registered yesterday).  The timing (Friday night), venue (seaside town of Narragansett), and atmosphere (half-marathon feel with over 2,000 runners) make this one special.  Plus, it is hard at times to get focused on training during the dog days of summer when it is so much easier to bang out a sloth-like four miler and lounge in air conditioning or at the beach for the rest of the day.

I've written about this before and, in fits of mounting anticipation and excitement, have gone back and looked up my previous times in other posts (like this one from 2013). However, I usually feel the need to do so annually.  This time I tried to include a bit more data. See below

BLESSING OF THE FLEET 10 MILE ROAD RACE – LIFE TIME RESULTS


YEAR
TIME
PLACE O/A
PACE
PLACE AGE GROUP
NOTES
2015
--
--
--
 --
- DNS. Hospitalized w/ Lyme disease

2014
58:48
22
5:52
6/312
(36yrs)
-          good chance at PRing. faded badly over final 2 miles
2013
58:42
23
5:52
3/295
(35yrs)
-          current PR for distance and CR

2012
59:35
19
5:57
5/322
(34yrs)
-          1st time under 60:00

2011
61:46
41
6:10
8/344
(33yrs)
-          first year I feel as though I really ran competitively/trained seriously for it
2010
66:13
92
6:37
22/?
(32yrs)
-          cracked top 100 for first time. Starting to take running seriously?
2009
68:15
145
6:50
27/?
(31yrs)
-slower than previous year? weather (or fat)?
2008
68:13
134
6:49
26/?
(30yrs)
-          first time racing as a 30yr old

2007
69:56
139
6:59
28/?
(29yrs)
            hot that year? can’t remember….
2006
--
--
--
--
- DNS. Mysterious “illness”/dizziness/fatigue. Later found as untreated hypertension UGH!!
2005
68:44
181
6:52
31/??
(27yrs)
            pretty proud of myself at the time for breaking 70 minutes (HA!)
2004
76:05
332
7:36
52/??
(26yrs)
          first time running the race. Was super pleased to break 80 mins. (my original goal--J)


I began dabbling with running in 2003 (just to tire out my stupid, in-bred, beast of a dog) and fell in love.  I was talked into trying to run (race?) it for the first time in 2004.  As you can see I sort of began getting serious about it in 2010 and continue to try not to let it consume my summer once school is out.  

Not sure how I'll do this year as I'm on borrowed time, so to speak (turning 39 in October).  But I do know it'll be fun to let 'er rip, begin bonking, want to quit, experience hallucinations near the finish line ("I thought that f*%#ing thing was closer!"), and then bask in the sweaty, stinky afterglow with a double IPA or four when I'm done. 

See you guys in 'Gansett.