Monday, March 20, 2006

Crude Run...

…this past Sunday…

For those who don't know what this is, it's an annual event in March, leading up the Boston Marathon, held informally by the Dead Runners (more specifically by the BRaNE Deads - or Boston Region and New England Deads). There are runners and volunteers or "Crew" (which lead to the new Crewed Run, which then slowly evolved to Crude Run). We all meet at the Newton City Hall at Mile 19 of the Boston Marathon course. The Crew drives the runners up to the starting line in Hopkinton. Then the Crew take turns manning water stops ever mile, leapfrogging each other until the runners reach Newton City Hall. Some people go beyond to mile 20 and 21 to get their runs in or to run the Newton Hills for good measure.

This year we had TAILWIND! YAHOO! Can't believe it.

I planned on 16 miles. I started out at Mile 3, hitching a ride with Dave, one of the "crew."
Going along great, clipping off the miles at about a 9:45-9:55 pace. Doing well. Then round mile 14, some guy comes up on me, "do you mind if I run with you?"

Uh… no…
"blah blah blah"
I have my iPod on and I can barely hear a thing.
"I ran … Washington Street… blah blah… down and out… blah blah…"
ARG! SHUT UP!!!
"Is this your first Boston?"
"No." (Trying not to engage in conversation. Hated to tell him I was running Big Sur, not Boston.)
"Blah blah blah."
I slow down, he slows down.
I speed up, he speeds up.
At one point he WAITS for me! GAH!!!

And this continue for about 2 miles when I stop. I STOP! To stretch but keep an eagle eye out to see if he keeps running, which he does. Phew.

Needless to say, after the guy started running with me, my splits were slower.
But I am not unhappy. I averaged a 10:00 pace for 16 miles.

Afterwards, we all went to Buff's for wings and beer.
We emailed Debbie to let her know that she is missing out.
She didn't sound too bummed out about missing the run, though.

1 Comments:

Blogger deborah said...

"We emailed Debbie to let her know that she is missing out.
She didn't sound too bummed out about missing the run, though."

I was out looking at this DREADFUL condo instead.

7:56 PM  

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