Sunday, February 13, 2011

You've Gotta Be Crazy Run 5K

Well, you didn't have to be too crazy to venture out to Verdi this morning for the You've Gotta Be Crazy 5/10K runs. Compared to the few inches of snow last year, and flurries the year before, this morning was downright tropical.

Most of Team Library Dork is either injured or at San Francisco Beer Week, so I had to represent alone. Fortunately, I ran in to honorary Dork Gretchen while registering. She would give me some motivation to run hard, if I wanted to even keep her in sight.

Here are a few milling around photos, and lining up at the start:

My photo skills failed me right after the start - I ended up with a couple pictures of blurry legs which I'll spare you. Serves me right for trying to take pictures on the first, fast downhill. Instead, here's the elevation profile of the course:

After the first downhill and across the bridge, we got to bang out the major uphill. Sorry Gretchen, I've got to include this one - you were powering up that hill.

That was also the closest I got to Gretchen - after the hill and a little bit of flats, she had shot out in front a bit and looked like this:

I couldn't make up any ground, and as the downhill section started, she passed a couple of young runners. Here they are up ahead of me:

Thanks to their short legs, I was able to pass them, although it took all the way to the last turn to the finish. I had to make a final push to end up, according to my watch and the timing board, right at 21:00. Awaiting official results...

Here's the finish line, and Ryan of ActiveReno coming through.

Thanks to the Silver State Striders for putting this race on - always a fun one, whether it snows or not!


Gretchen said...

Aww, clearly you didn't get my email about that picture. No worries though. :)(I'll only give you a tiny bit of sh*t next time I see you!)

Too bad you didn't quite get the photographic evidence of how one of those little kids elbowed me out into the oncoming traffic while I passed him. Hee hee! Too funy.

Super fun seeing you, and what a beautiful day! Wow. Also, 5K hurts!

Turi Becker said...

Yep, sorry - I knew I was gonna be in trouble when I saw your email. :)

SnowLeopard said...

Hey, thnks for being the sole TLD representer this year- maybe next year I'll be able to try again. :) Yes, I am being positive! And Gretchen, despite the trouble Turi is in, it's still a great shot~ ;)

HiAltDawg said...

Hmmm.....That course looks really familiar. Sorry, you didn't get the VIP lounge. Great run though, you're gonna light up a flat, street 5k.

my verification word: siglam

slowrunner77 said...

the first shot of Gretchen es mui bueno. turi, you are an artist.
she must work out!! :)
great job both of you!

slowrunner77 said...

looks like 11th and 12th overall, 20:44 and 21:00, with Buns o Steel the second woman across!
my word verification - butt shot.
no, not really.

Turi Becker said...

I think Gretchen would have been first female, but a 10K runner dropped to the 5K mid-race...

slowrunner77 said... they were from Georgia! that shouldn't be allowed.

Gretchen said...

Okay, okay, thanks for all the butt commentary y'all. Turi is in even more trouble now. ;)

Yeah, I even asked Sarah on the starting line which event she was in and didn't contain my joy that she was running the 10K. Then she whimped out and robbed me. Doh! ;)