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Indianapolis 500 Mini Marathon: Post
Posted May 03, 2003 at 03:47:32 PM by Bean

Well shit.  I didn't make my time goal.  My finishing time was 1:43:10, that's almost 4 minutes over what I was hoping for.  I still came in under 8 minute miles, which is respectable.  I ran the first 2 miles at a very good pace, and just as I was settling into a rhythm, I got a severe side cramp.  It stayed with me for 9 miles.  I had to stop and walk several times.  From this point forward, my pace dropped to around 8 minute miles.  Around mile 9, the cramp faded, and I finally got going again, pain-free, feeling good... until mile 11.  I completely ran out of steam as I passed the 11th mile marker.  The last mile was especially painfull, it seemed like an eternity from one quarter mile marker to the next.

So I didn't do as well as I had hoped, but I am still happy that I was able to finish it as quickly as I did.  1:43 ain't too bad for a 210 pound beer drinker.  For about half the race, I was behind a petite woman with really short running shorts.  They weren't Speedos, but they were short enough that a little bit of her butt hung out the bottom and jiggled entertainingly.  At the last quarter mile, I tried to pass her like I had planned, but just didn't have the juice.  So instead of a slap on the ass as her reward for keeping me going during the race, she got to beat me.

Now I am sore... much more sore than I was last year after the race.  My body just didn't cooperate with me very well this year.  Better luck next time, I guess!

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