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Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Running + Pizza + Ice Cream

Last night was my second time running with the Oak Park Runners Club. It was the monthly sponsored run as well as their "run of the month." Brooks had a representative out to raffle off two pairs of shoes and some hats. Sadly, I didn't win either thing. I really wanted to win a pair of shoes, too! What's funny is that one of the women who did win spent most of the run complaining to the Brooks rep that, while she loves Brooks shoes, she hates that they are always blue! So, yes, she won a pair of blue shoes.

Apparently after the "run of the month" people go out for food and drinks. Last night, though, the Brooks rep ordered pizza for after the run. Most people grabbed a few pieces, waited until after the raffle, and then headed home. If you do the 8 mile route you don't typically get back to the starting point until 8 PM and many people run to the start line. Since it's starting to get dark earlier and earlier, people who didn't drive tend to take off shortly after finishing with the group run. So, all in all, only six of us ended up sticking around. Instead of going to get food and drinks, though, we walked to a local cafe and got ice cream and cookies. What a perfect way to end a run!

The run itself was okay. I managed to stick with the 9:00 minute per mile group for the first two miles. And then I had to walk. I don't know what's going on with me but I've had to walk more and more during my runs. It was humid last night, but it wasn't sunny. In fact, it was raining! I was fairly well soaked by the end of our 5.4 miles.

After I stopped to walk, another group newbie caught up to me and we ran 10:00 minute miles for the last two. Although, when you look at my stats it will show that mile 5 was over 12 minutes. That's because it includes the stop at the water fountains where people regroup and determine if they're going to run 5.5 (approx.) or 8.

Anyway, I paid my $15 and turned in my registration form last night. I guess I'm a member now!


Route:--Elev. Avg:628 ft
Location:Forest Park, ILElev. Gain:+0 ft
Date:08/17/09Up/Downhill: [+19/-19]
Time:06:37 PMDifficulty:2.4 / 5.0
Weather:Light Rain
 77 F temp; 73% humidity
 80 F heat index; winds SW 8

Distance: 5.39 miles
Speed:6.4 mph
Pace:9' 24 /mi
Elevation (ft)
Pace (min/mile)
MilePace (min/mile)Speed (mph)Elevation
actual+/- avgactual+/- avg
18' 59-0' 256.7+0.3-3 ft
28' 56-0' 286.7+0.3-9 ft
39' 15-0' 096.5+0.1+3 ft
49' 51+0' 276.1-0.3+7 ft
512' 57+3' 334.6-1.80 ft
end9' 49+0' 256.1-0.3+3 ft
Versus average of 9' 24 min/mile

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kilax said...

Darn! I was hoping you would win some shoes too, even if they're blue! (I love my new blue Brooks, even though I wanted red).

It's gotta be the humidity making you walk more. It's just so stinkin' hot. I remember I was running this slow last summer too. I thought shedding some weight would help, but the heat is still a big bother.

I am excited you joined the group. I hope you are having fun and meeting interesting new people!

Bayjb said...

Wow that's really nice that you guys get dinner brought to you. Congrats on joining! Sounds like a ton of fun.

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