July 14, 2015
My favorite! Back-to-back 5Ks. I should also mention that after yesterday’s Boeing 5K, I went to Chittick Field and ran a medium-intensity track workout in the evening.
There is a much larger crowd tonight – lots of kids! This means that there will be a lot of dodging and weaving in the first mile or so… better once it gets spread out, and then I will also finish lower in the overall standings.
My goal tonight is to finish with a comparable time to yesterday and possibly faster than I ran at this race last month. Yesterday’s time was 23:12, but that was on a flat, paved course.
My first mile tonight is 6:50 (5 seconds faster than last time), my second mile is 8:07 (EXACTLY the same time… weird), and my third “mile” (actually 1.1) is 8:35 (11 seconds faster). My time of 23:32 is virtually the same as yesterday’s time. I am really happy with that!
After the race, I am chatting with my friends from Team Runners High and AREC, and gutting out a few thousand photo sessions with Jesus, when a guy hanging out with Dr. Richard Graves says to me, “Didn’t you hear me cheering for Piedmont High School?” I did remember hearing that, but dismissing it as an aberration.
Turns out, this white-bearded runner (about 4 minutes faster than me in the race!) is none other than Drew Sells, my PHS ’89 classmate. I had remembered seeing him at the Seal Beach 5K/10K several years ago… so I knew that he lived in the area, but I had no idea if he was still running. (A number of my classmates who ran in high school seem to no longer run, whereas those of us who started ‘late,’ seem to still be running.)
I enjoyed my plate of tacos, got a free massage from The Lumbar Yard, and then helped the nice masseuse and chiropractor to pack up their stuff, before heading home and taking more than a 30-hour break in between races.