Thursday, May 17, 2012

The Old Kent (Old Gregg) (Fifth Third) River Bank Run*

I have to say, I love me a 25K.  The distance is legitimate: longer than a half, shorter than a marathon.  The Redhead and I headed out to Grand Rapids to hang with Kevin and Jennie before the big race.  I had only run this race once previously, running with my awesome sister Emma.  That year the weather was terrible, including so much rain the course was altered. 
Fortunately for us, the weather, like the Dude, abided.**  Cloudy and warm, Kevin and I had a simple goal of getting into (or for Kevin, maintaining his status in) the 2 Hour Club.  The 2HC gets you a few nice perks including preferred seating, a different color bib, 2HC only gear check and restrooms.  The huge ego I’d get from making it in the 2HC would be solely provided by me. 

Or plan was to sit on the 7min pacers for as long as possible.  And, considering that, since the Lansing Marathon I’ve run exactly three times, this was a reasonable goal.  Sure, I think racing a 5K, pacing a few wonderful people in a sub 2 hour half marathon, and a 4M run with the Redhead is adequate practice to make the 2HC.   

Unfortunately, I lost Kevin early in the race.  I had to make a slight wardrobe adjustment at the start, and never really caught up to him.  I was pretty sure I had him in sight, but when I thought I had caught up, it wasn’t him.  Wrong tall white guy in a blue shirt.  Regardless, the crowd support was great and I hung with the 7min pacers for the first half of the race.  Then I eased it back a bit and enjoyed the run. 

I have to say, for the price, this 25K is way better than a half.  Cheaper, longer, extremely well organized, pace groups, and lots of quality runners. 


Now, for the next big thing…

* Yep, this again.*** 
** As part of my movie education of the Redhead, I made her watch this wonderful movie. 
*** I don't get it, how in the eff did Nitmos get all the credit in the word for using asterisks; like he invented them or something.  I'd use footnotes if Blogger would let me. 


6 comments:

Vaudiophile said...

Your lady hadn't see "The Big Lebowski?" Just for that you should talk up a hideously awful movie as a classic and force her to watch it least twice, like Hollywood High II or The Whoopee Boys.

Redhead Running said...

I hope you train better for the next big thing than you did this race...

Also, Flat Bart is sad you left him at the start.

Nitmos said...

Are there happy endings in the 2HC? Those are the only kids of "clubs" I enter...

As for the asterisks, of course I invented them and all I have to say is, "Shut the f*ck up, Donny."

Kandi said...

I love The Big Lebowski! I'm glad you enlightened Red!!

Greg said...

"I think you're a nice modern gentelman."

Please tell me that the Red Head has seen Red Dawn . . . Wolverines!

Viper said...

Be careful what you force your woman to watch, as she will turn around and make you watch something like "Pride and Prejudice." What goes around comes around. Cheers!