Saturday, December 5, 2009

Moonlight Madness 5K

Got the band back together (well, Team Library Dork) for the Moonlight Madness 5K over in Ranch San Rafael. I did this race last year, and the start line is only just over a mile from my front door, so most of the group (slowrunner and snowleopard) met at my house and did a warmup jog over, while HiAltDawg actually had to work until 6 so drove right to the race. Start was at 7 pm, we all made it in plenty of time. Here's us hanging out before the race:

And Amber (snowleopard) picking up her packet. Couldn't resist the QT pic:

Obviously, headlamps and reflective stuff were the order of the night. The moon never really showed from behind the clouds; only a tiny bit way after we were done running.

The race seemed to draw more of a crowd in this, it's second year. They didn't do the 1 mile walk portion this year (which was a relief, because we had to weave through them last year - I think they did a Kids Run after the race instead.)We all checked out the course map beforehand:

And gathered for the mass start of the 5K and the 10K (two laps):

For the next three miles, this is about all I saw:

That's a pretty good representation of the visibility out there. Here's the same pictures, with the light dialed up:

In the second one, you can see that there's someone else ahead of the guy in front of me - two people maybe. Maybe 30-40 feet ahead? But out there, I sure wouldn't have seen them - unless they had a headlamp, which many didn't. Pretty strange experience, but fun.

I ended up finishing in 25:45 - back a little from my 24:10 last year, but I was pushing a lot harder then. Plus, I had a little bobble at the end of the course - I could see the finish line, but wasn't sure where the course was supposed to go - following the path around a building, or cunning across the grass. I slowed to a walk and tried to call to some spectators to ask, but they ignored me. You can see the spike in speed right near the end of the graph - that's my indecision.

So, overall results - Chris (slowrunner) won the 5K, Amber got 3rd in her AG, and I ended up with the 2nd for my AG (only because 1st, 2nd and 4th overall were all in my group.) After the awards (and some strangely burned cocoa) we headed back to my house for the second event of the night - a tasting of American (and one Canadian) winter beers. Now, this wasn't quite as exotic as most of Chris's tasting events, as it was limited to North America (Sam Adams and New Belgium were well represented, and I'd already tried those) but it was cool to taste them alongside each other and against other stuff. Here's part of the lineup:

We didn't finish until almost midnight. I think I'm the only one of the crew that didn't have to work today - sorry guys. Wish I could've bought you all coffee this morning... :")


slowrunner77 said...

what stopped you from being ABLE to bring us coffee? i understand why you didn't, but you WERE able!
anyway, that was fun. both parts. still love the moon just peaking over the mountain when everyone was done running. classic.

Turi Becker said...

I was UNABLE - because I was still in bed! :) That was longer than I've slept in for awhile...

SnowLeopard said...

That was a fun experience! It was awesome to get together as a team, and for my first of Chris's winter beer tastings~ my favorite was the peach pecan beer! Mmmm, I could drink a whole one of those~ ;)

Gretchen said...

Wait, this was just the FIRST of the winter beer tastings?? Um...when is the next one, and am I invited even though I totally blew you all off for this one? Pretty please? :)
Nice job on the run, and the sleeping in!!

slowrunner77 said...

Amber was refering to it being her first, even though we've done one each of the last few years...but since you ask...we are planning to also do a belgian/foreign Christmas beer tasting soon, date TBD. I'll keep y'all posted.

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Turi Becker said...

Hi Luis - I wear a Garmin Forerunner 405 GPS watch, and upload the data to Garmin Connect - their tracking website. That's a screen capture from the website.