The Color Run

Time to wrap a bow on one of my goals for 2012. 5x5K is officially complete with the finish of The Color Run – Des Moines.

It was a bit chilly for the run but it was a blast. No times, just 27,000 of your friends running a 5K and getting colored power thrown on them. Quite the experience and I recommend it to just about everyone. Walkers, runners, kids. All are welcome!

Sunset Run 5K

Well, the 4th 5K is in the books and I’m quite pleased with the result. Last year I had seen the Ankeny Sunset Run 5K but due to a scheduling conflict, I just couldn’t make it work. This year however, no conflicts and the race was on one of the free weekends I have in August.

The official count of participants was 49 so by no means is this thing a large race. And I think that it is mainly due to a lack of advertising and information on the race. As an example, it was hard to find the route information on the city of Ankeny web site. I had to go off a brochure that was a couple of years old. It was the same as before, but still, left a feeling that this wasn’t the most organized of events.

Overall, I was pretty pleased with my effort. I had a goal of getting in under 23 minutes and accomplished that. My official time was 22:41, 8th overall and 1st in my AG. Like I said, it was a small event so by 1st in my AG, it meant I beat the other guy.

I’m not sure I’ll do this event next year, but we’ll see if there is a large number of signups, I might consider it again.

Warrior Dash

Continuing on with my running goal knocked down run #3 of the year with the Warrior Dash – Iowa just outside of Earlam IA.

This was a race that several of my co-workers were going to run including my wife. Before the race started, the big boss (wife) and I agreed that we’d run this together. We’re out to enjoy the race and have some fun…race times be damned!

The race is basically a 3.43 mile trail run with 12 obstacles along the way. The day was hot as could be with some nice humidity and to add to it all, no breeze. Or, the worst weather for running you can imagine.

The race was a lot hillier than we expected. Just when you got to a top of a hill and were sucking wind, then you got into a nice open HOT field. Ah…breathing in a swimming pool. What could be better.

The obstacles were challenging, but nothing we couldn’t handle. I thought that the 12ft wall that you had to climb with a rope was the hardest since it was possibly the crappiest of plastic ropes you could find. The big boss thought the series of short 4 foot walls and then duck under barbed wire were the worst. Mainly because those took her wind out of her. Due to the extremely hot weather, the mud pit at the end felt amazing. Followed shortly by a shower from a fire hose.

Overall, we thought that the race was pretty outstanding. It was a fun time, VERY well organized and they definitely know the brand and making it a great experience for all those that participated.

And…we got some hardware at the end for finishing.

The kids got our hats.

Some pics from after the race. The “clean” version of the two of us is from after the fire hose.


And finally clean-ish….

Dam to Dam 5K

My 2nd 5K of the year is in the bag with the completion of the Dam to Dam 5K. The race this year took a different route and had a much better result for me. I’ve been running a lot more and it definitely showed.

At the end of the day, I got 8th in my age group and 100th overall with a time of 23:04. I tied the 7th place guy in my age group but he had 2 seconds on me in gun time. You’re going down next time Doug Grunst.

This is my second time running this 5K and I improved quite a bit over last year. 3:01 off my 2011 time. I’ll definitely take it but there is more to go. I’d really like to have a 22 or 21 as the beginning of my time before the year is out.

Red Flannel Run 2012

Today marked the official start to the race season for me. I’m not competitive in these things by any means but calling it a race season makes it seem like I know what I’m doing. Signup, run, don’t die. Pretty much in that order. In the end, its all about knocking out one of my goals for 2012.

There were a lot of things different about the Red Flannel Run in 2012 compared to last year. First and foremost, the temps. Last year we were in the mid-30s and I was warm as could be in my gear. This year, I wore pretty much the same thing except the temps were 7 degrees with a -6 windchill. It was cold out there. But with the gear I had on and the running, I warmed up pretty quickly. I just wish I would have had some sort of neck gator on. That would have made a pretty big difference for me. I kept having some breathing issues after the first 1.5 miles and I’m pretty sure it was due to things (mouth, lungs etc) freezing up a bit.

Second big difference, I ran a heck of a lot faster than in 2011. Too fast for the first mile but over all, I shaved off 4+ minutes from the previous year and beat my fastest time from 2011.

The official stats come in as this:
Time: 23:51
Age Group rank: 12
Overall: 70

Not bad for the first time out. I’m hoping for some stronger finishes later in the year when I can get some better training in. Running on the dreadmill is boring and I never want to go more than 2 miles. I’m hoping that once we get over the snow, ice and cold temps I can put some longer runs in and build up the endurance for a faster time.