Red Flannel Run

So far, I’m off to a good start in completing one of my goals for 2011. Its not a huge stretch goal for me, but it keeps me in a certain shape in order to complete goal #5, run 3 5K races in a year.

Race #1 is in the bag. Considering it was run on 212 in Iowa, you would expect absolutely freezing temps. To be honest, I was overdressed seeing as it was in the mid 30s at the start of the race. And I was only wearing a tshirt, long sleeve T and then a sweatshirt. I should have dumped the sweatshirt but I was solo on this one and didn’t have a good person to hand it off to on the route.

Overall, I was fairly happy with how I did. I would have liked a faster time, but honestly, I’m not in the shape I want to be yet so anything under 30 minutes would have been awesome. Unfortunately, you won’t see an official time for me as I either missed picking up my time chip or there wasn’t one in my packet. My unofficial time is 28:08 which is just a little over 9:20 a mile. My first mile really killed my time as I was way back in the crowd and had to dodge some walkers. But that’s my own damn fault for not showing up until just before race time.

1 down, 2 to go. I’m going to crush this goal!

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About Matt Patterson
Husband, Father of 3, Programmer at heart, spends his days running ridiculously large data centers in the midwest.