Shamrock 10k

Yesterday I ran in the 5th Annual ACS Shamrock Run for the first time. This race had a 10k (6.2 miles) and a 5k (3.1 miles) for runners to enjoy. I decided to do the 10k since I had nothing better to do, and an hour to kill.

It turned out to be a very beautiful morning – sun shining, blue skies – which was nice after a couple of days of pouring rain and even a little snow shower. I was kind of expecting it to be a lot colder than what it was, but it was about in the mid-40’s when the race began.

Coming into this race I was a little worried. I had heard rumors that this race was a real beast; that there were some massive hills in the middle of it. Since I had only gotten my lazy @$$ out on the streets once in the past two weeks to run, I was figuring that I was going to have to crawl across the finish line. I really was not in the right frame of mind to start the race.

Well, the rumors were right. Just after the 2nd mile marker the course went straight uphill. Okay, it was more of a winding uphill – it is a mountain after all! And this first 1/2 mile, or so, I swear was anywhere from a 70° to 80° incline. All joking aside, I literally walked for about 5-7 minutes during that third mile. It took all I had to walk up that hill, I really do not know how anyone was able to run up it.

The uphill portion went on for about another mile-and-a-half. We were up so high that there were still traces of snow on the ground, and I could feel the temperature drop! But, it was all worth it once the course flattened out. After all, what goes up must come down, right?! Once I hit mile marker 4 it was all down hill, and my body was loving it!

All-in-all, I was very pleased with my time for this race. My goal was to finish with an average 12 min/mile pace. I finished the race in 1:11:39 for an 11:33 min/mile pace. However, looking at my splits, had that hill not been in the middle, I wonder how quickly I would have finished? Three of the six miles I had a split time of 9:37 or better!

My splits were as such – start: 0:16, mile 1: 10:34, mile 2: 9:37, mile 3: 14:30, mile 4: 15:38, mile 5: 9:05, mile 6: 9:07, .20 finish: 2:52. Miles 3 and 4, as I stated before, were all uphill and a lot of walking was involved. Miles 5 and 6, unfortunately, I had to average since I did not see the 5th mile marker. I gave the sixth mile a couple more seconds than the fifth mile because it was more flat and had a couple small hills, plus there were a couple of seconds missing off my total when I entered all my splits into my log. The start time of 16 seconds was from the time the race started until I actually made it to the starting line.

So, had the course been flatter, I wonder if I could have held that 9:00 – 9:30 pace? I would have had me finishing in under an hour. I guess we will find out in future races if I can hit that pace and hold it!

I am happy with how good I felt when I finished the race, but I was kind of disappointed when the results came out. I finished 131/150 overall and 7/7 (dead last again) in my age group (the results page shoes 6/6, but the overall winner of the 10k was in my age group also). Part of me doesn’t care about where I finish, just that I do and that I am getting exercise. However, the competitive side of me, which makes up about 90% of me, is getting pretty upset because I keep finishing last in my age group, and pretty much as one of the last men overall in almost every race. This is something that I am going to improve upon by the end of the year! 🙂

Happy St. Patrick’s Day

Sorry this is so late, but I have been quite bust today. Don’t believe me? Well, this will give you an idea as to how busy I was today, and how my day went.

Anyways…Happy St. Patrick’s Day to all my fellow Irishfolk, and the rest of you that wish you could be like us. HAHA! :p

Now, I have a confession to make about this ultimate party day…I have NEVER…I repeat NEVER, gotten drunk to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day! 😦

Honestly!

You see, either the day has fallen on a weekday, when I either had to work during the night of, or the morning after (either way, I wasn’t gonna be drinking). Or, when it did actually fall on a weekend, I was broke and didn’t have the money to go out to the bar.

I know, I know…boo-hoo! Well, yes, I will cry in my beer…now, if only I had one! 😉

Hope any and all of you that actually DID get to celebrate this wonderful day had fun and made it to where you had to go safely.

New tattoo?…maybe!

I have been wanting to get a new tattoo for a while now. There have been many different designs that I have thought of over the years, but none have actually stuck out in my head enough for me to pay the money to get it done. 

The other day the wife was looking at some Irish pictures online. I think that she was looking because St. Patrick’s Day is coming up on Wednesday, but there was one picture she saw and instantly thought that I should get it as a tattoo. 

Today I went through the same group of pictures that she did and found a few that I like. Obviously I can’t get them all done (that would be waaaay too expensive…ya think?). 

I already have one tattoo. It’s of the “Fighting Irishman,” on my left pec, and looks something like this: 

 

Anyways, here are the pictures of tattoo ideas that the wife and I have found: 

Option 1

1. This one is the first one my wife found. I like the way it looks on the black background, but not too sure how it would look on my pasty-white skin.

 

Option 2

2. I like this one…the wife, not so much.

 

Option 3

3. A little something to show off the Irish Pride maybe? Once again, I like this one, but the wife doesn’t.

 

Option 4

4. Something simple. Has the colors of the Irish flag. Could be a little budget friendly.

 

Option 5

5. A celtic shamrock. Could be doable.

 

Option 6

6. This one I just liked the way it looks.

 

Option 7

7. This one I was thinking would look kinda cool as an arm band, without all the little shamrocks in the background, of course. I was thinking either three shamrocks with my daughters initials in each one, or just the one shamrock with the initial of their first name in each leaf.

 

The next three I have not shown the wife yet.

Option 8

8.  Another one to show off my Irish Pride. I tend to like this one than the other, but there is a lot more to this one.

Option 9

9. No Guts, No Glory…need I say more. I don’t know how I missed this one the first time I was going through the photos online. Might be a budget buster, but could be worth it.

Option 10

10. My Nation, My Heritage…once again, need I say more. Nothing like having the ability to show off both, my American and Irish Pride.

 

I would say, of the 10 options, #9 & #10 are my top two favorite. But, either one of those could end up quite costly. So, my friends, I am hoping to get some feedback from you. Which one, or one’s, do you like best? Either leave your choice in the comment section, or send me an email. I will update you all when I make my final decision.

 

On another note…here is one that my wife was saying that she would like to get for herself:

The wife's tattoo?

Keeping up with the Irish theme:

An Irish Blessing for you all

 

May the road rise to meet you,

May the wind be always at your back,

May the sun shine warm upon your face,

And rains fall soft upon your fields,

And until we meet again,

May God hold you in the hollow of His hand.

 

Until next time, my friends, have a great day!

Oh, and by the way, Happy St. Patrick’s Day!