What a beautiful wreck you are.
The silly season is officially underway. Nothing says silly quite like the Chase Corporate Challenge. The Boston Sports Clubs warm-up 2 minutes before the race was invaluable! There was some fitness expert trying to lead 13,000 runners, packed in like sardines, in squats and arm circles on the starting line. High comedy. I kept trying to find someone who would run up there, try an exercise, and ask “Am I doing this right?”
I actually love the summer road races. Just show up as you are with the fitness you have and go after it. Unfortunately, at this point, I have none and can not get after much. My fitness is . . . how should I put it . . . CRAP!
The Chase Corporate Challenge was the event of the evening last night in hot, humid, conditions which made the warm-up really easy. John Mortimer won, again, in 17:16, which shows how tough the conditions were. Jeff Caron of New Balance Boston came in a strong and close 2nd in 17:22 representing CBM while wearing NB Boston colors.
Team Raytheon had a strong team showing again and I am convinced we took the team title. We also had a strong showing at the BHP afterwards with over half the team coming out to socialize and celebrate.
Christy Mae ran another great race, coming in 4th but unfortunately following my lead in getting out kicked by a sly Carly Graytock and a quick Katie Richards. Molly Taber, surprise surprise, won convincingly for Pioneer Investments in 19:52, 40 seconds clear of the field.
Yours truly came in a hard 5th. Not only was it my worst time in 9 tries at the Boston Corporate Challenge, but I was just smoked on the final straight away which rarely happens to me in this race. Historically, I have a strong kick on Charles St. To pour salt in the wound, it was by two people I rarely see during a race by 3 and 1 seconds respectively. As I write this, a modified quote from Rounders I would use all the time during college comes to mind. “If you can’t spot the sucker in your pack after the first quarter mile, you’re the sucker.” I played the sucker to perfection last night. Took 3rd place going up the first mass ave dip at about 1.6 miles, and proceeded to lead 4, 5, 6, 7, & 8 straight to the finish line. Not strong enough to break away, not fast enough to kick effectively. I guess weeks of 0, 0, 36, & 56 with two small track workouts is not the best formula for a good corporate challenge.
Conclusion, I need to start training.
That’s all I got.