So not only did Dan Gallagher swim 2.4 miles, ride 112 and then run 26.2 while sporting his nifty City Coach tri tank, but in an effort to make sure he got his photo on the blog, he also posed with his adorable son, Ian. Alright already Dan, you win.
How can you go wrong with a course description like this? "All runners compete on the same approximately 5 mile, single loop course. The course is run off road, through as much muck, mud and water as we can find. Some hills are included. Multiple water crossings are present; depth is dependent on pre-race weather. Course difficulty is determined by weather. Wear old shoes and clothes. Eye goggles recommended."
And so, NSQ, Jeannine and I headed up to FDR State Park for this monstrosity known as Mudders and Grunters, and I assure you it was every bit as brutal as promised. The mud stunk and was so deep and sticky that it nearly pulled your shoes off.
NSQ was 6th woman overall and 2nd in the 30-39 AG. Were it not for an ill advised dinner of ice cream and Tostitos that forced a bathroom break during the course, she might have held on for 3rd overall. Jeannine was 3rd in the 40-49 AG, and i was just 17+ minutes off my already modest 5 mile PR. Plus there was a fireplace to warm us up after the race, and pink pig cookies as prizes.
Way back when, the plan was for us to storm Virginia Beach with a full crew of City Coachers for the marathon/half marathon. Then jobs, injuries, vacations, etc. got in the way and most of the group fell by the wayside. Thankfully, we had Leanne Elisha to represent us. She ran 3:38:41 for an average of 8:20/mile. Leanne stuck with the plan and went out conservatively. Once she picked it up, she never slowed down, still running a solid 8:24 pace over the last eight miles. For those of you keeping score at home, that's a 39-minute PR from last year's debut at Mardi Gras.
Sorry we couldn't all be there with you. Congratulations Leanne.
A while back Healthology asked me to help out in a piece about badly executed exercises. The experience was a microcosm of my business relationship with Shane - I sucker him into something, make him do work, and I take the credit. After about 15 or 20 takes, the poor guy's arms were about to fall off. Check out the video and feel the burn.
Great work by City Coach newbie Julia Savacool, who finished in a strong 3:53:20 at the rainy Napa Valley Marathon last weekend. Julia began running last year and ran 4:09 in NYC just a few months ago.