Tomorrow is Halloween which makes tonight’s post a perfect fit. Add to that the extra bonus of having the fourth phase of Project Auuuunoooold completed today taking a load of worry off leading to a relaxing night of watching the Cardinals… you have an ideal situation to get the last post of the month knocked out an entire day early (crowd goes wild, ticker tape flies, women tak…err better reel it in). Just wanted to build up a little bit of excitement since this post actually has an element of disappointment to it. Regulars to this site know that October usually brings the final running event of the year and this year was no different. Last Friday the Screaming Pumpkin Marathon Relay took place and our team from last year – Zombies after Rhonda (link here) was in it to win it. A quick summary for those that are not familiar with the particular nuances of this race. It is a prediction race which means you have to determine the time it will take for each of your team’s four loops through the course. That time is then subtracted from midnight to determine when you start the race. Watches and other timing devices are not allowed while running and the first team finishing closest to midnight without going over is declared the winner. Sounds simple right? hope you responded with a resounding NO because that is the only acceptable answer to that question.
Most runners worry about their splits A LOT during a race… and some like myself even fret about it during every training run. There is one big advantage … we are usually wearing watches and/or other timing devices so if one split it slow or fast, you can immediately correct it on the next. Without a watch you feel naked and vulnerable to bonks and over exertion. Zombies after Rhonda is a three person team consisting of Rhonda, Ryan and Myself. Thanks to the R’s, I get to close out my racing season with a half marathon to complete my now standard goal of two a year. Did I mention it was a costume encouraged event?
Last year I went as a runner but Rhonda and Ryan went the extra mile and shamed me. This year I “tried” to go in costume but had some difficulties at the start. I did get my shirt made in time – I took the lead from Rhonda’s outfit “Zombies Don’t Like Fast Food” but added “Unless It’s Rhonda” to keep with our team’s theme. Ryan showed up in a new costume this year – a head to toe skeleton which was just plain awesome!
This year we decided to start at 8:05pm based on the splits from Rhonda, Ryan and my plan to run a 56 minute loop followed by a 60 minute loop. From the IVS Half Marathon Race earlier in the Season (link here), I knew there would be a drop off and based on the cold from last year assumed a about a 4 minute impact. I added around a 3 minute pad due to the number of variables on the course (it is a tough hilly course and the actual surface is very choppy and potholed – difficult during light much less in the dead of night).
ARRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR… just lost signal due to the rain on my satellite UNBELIEVABLE
Hit the jump to see how the race turns out