To round off the year, and equally, in a racing sense, to round off my 30’s I ran The Big Chill on Sunday. This is a great event (apparently the second largest race in NJ after the Spring Lake 5 unless anyone has different information) where the entry fee is a toy donation. Over 8000 registered people and 9000 toys/gifts donated is a fantastic thing.
In previous years I haven’t tried to “race” this one. I tried the first year I did it, but the first mile was spent weaving in and out of people. This year I had put myself down for a fast run (during sign up you get asked whether you want a chip or not – many run it for fun with no official timing and it costs them more to have chips) and I had indicated faster than 20 minutes which was the fastest category you could select. Several friends were trying to talk me out of this because of my marathon recovery, but with it being my last race of 2013 and my last before I turn 40, I wanted to do it relatively fast.
The race seems to have a very strange set up – some people are given different color bibs which allows them into the very front of the race and all others are prevented from being there until the very last minute before the start. There was a lot of confusion from people who wanted to run 17 or 18 minute races but were not in that section, and just as much confusion from people in that section who were going to run 25 minute races. I still haven’t worked out what the criteria is for getting there. If anyone has any insight, it would be appreciated (perhaps a Rutgers affiliation?).
Without boring you, my race summary is as follows: went out to fast, felt my legs weren’t 100% back to peak performance.
Back to the title of this post, it seems fitting that for my last race of 2013 I recorded a time of 20:13.