Friday, August 1, 2014

Race for the Bacon Recap

Yesterday morning I had a bit of a scare - a giant blister had formed on the bottom of one of my feet making it painful to even walk. But there was no way I was going to miss that evening's race. I love Race for the Bacon - it's one of my favorite MKE races!

My friend Chris is the race director/Boss Hog and he puts on a fine event. A great course, fantastic volunteers and best of all, a post-race Bacon Bash that includes several bacon treats - sandwiches, chips, potato salad, cookies, etc. Yum!

It's also the best race to see run friends. Within minutes of arriving at the race, I ran into two Bills, Mary, Megan and James & Co. When I hopped into the race packet pickup line, I met Daily Mile friend Steve and then realized my friend Jeff was right in front of me. Volunteering at the packet pickup table was Richard. Apparently everyone loves bacon ;)

Seeing so many familiar faces made the wait for the race fly by and for once I didn't have any pre-race nerves. I was excited to do the race and crossed my fingers that my foot would behave.

I lined up a few rows back from the front, which seemed about right for this race. Of course, right before the race started, who should I run into but Ruth and Mary - two very speedy ladies. They lined up behind me but I knew they'd pass me within the first quarter mile. And sure enough - soon after the race started they flew past!

So, based on my blister situation, I decided to alter my stride a bit and use a slower version of my sprint stride because it didn't irritate my foot as much. Since I was running the race as a workout, I wasn't too concerned with forcing a particular pace. A good effort was my main goal.

Photo by Bill Flaws - Running in the USA

My modified stride lasted about halfway through the race until one of my toes cramped and I had no choice but to go back to my normal run stride. Ouch. This is when it started to hurt. First my blistered foot hurt. Then I felt like I was overheating. Then I suddenly felt like my breathing was too labored. And I was slowing down. No good at all.

Finally we hit a shady portion and I realized I was actually fine minus the foot issue. The last mile ticked by and soon enough it was time to kick it in - and this was especially fun since I had plenty left in the tank!

My results:

Time: 22:42
Pace: 7:18 min/mile
AG Place: 3/72
Gender Place: 10/???



After the race, I chatted with Ruth and Mary a bit and then found James. Sadly he is moving to Michigan today so this may be the last Bacon Race we do together. Unless he can be talked into a trip back to WI next summer ;)

We'll miss you James!

Then it was time to run back on the course to find Mom! Ran into new friend Nick on the way. He is amazingly speedy and won the race!

Mom looked great - she was smiling and up for chatting as we ran to the finish line. And after crossing, it was time for the Bacon Bash!! Seriously, the best motivation while running is the bacon treats at the end. All races should provide such a delicious spread!

Bacon everything! Sandwich, potato salad, fruit salad, chips and a cookie!

Although it wasn't a great race for me, it was such a fun evening! Running, friends, delicious food, a gorgeous night - I'm not sure it gets better than that :)

My questions for you:
  • Have you ever run a theme race? If so, what was the theme and how did you like the race?
  • Do you like bacon? What's your favorite way to eat it?

Hope you all have a fabulous weekend!

- ST

6 comments:

  1. Even with the blister, that's a fast finishing time. Congrats! A bacon theme is so much better than those mud or soap race themed races!

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    1. Thanks Tina! I agree - I'll take bacon over those themes any day :)

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  2. Umm...we need one of these in Arizona! I've never seen such yummy food given out at a race! I'm so used to stale cookies or stale bagels and bananas! My favorite way to eat bacon is either on a burger or slice a sweet potato with olive oil and spice, cook it in the oven, and then top it with greek yogurt, green onions, cheddar cheese, and bacon! Yum :). You did great, especially with having to deal with all those issues during the race. And I love how you're between the two guys. Speedy! What a fun time! :)

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    1. Thanks Hailey! Love your loaded sweet potato idea - I think I'll have to give that one a try :)

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  3. I don't like bacon (I know...I'm a weirdo), but this sounds like SO much fun!! I would do it in a second and then you could have all my bacon. :)
    Great job on the AG placement even with that blister!

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    1. Thanks! The blister made for an interesting race but at least it wasn't a longer distance :)

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