Race Report(s) - Seagull Six & Falmouth 5000
I really enjoyed these races last year and was bummed when they were scheduled for the same day this year. After thinking it over I decided to turn it into a challenge and run both races. 5.74 miles at 11am and a 5K at noon with a 15-20 minute ride between venues… No problem !
I talked Gary into this adventure but he bailed on me to sit on the beach in Florida. I got in touch with Ray the race director of the Falmouth 5000 to get my bib ahead of time as I would miss the designated pickup time. Race day woke up and my wife had made “Cinnamuffin Cake” ! Awesome !
Things got messed up after that, left the house without a number belt, picked up my Falmouth 5000 bib, back to the house for the belt, then down to Woods Hole to get checked in for the Seagull Six. Scoped out a perfect parking spot to make my post-race escape and downed a caffeinated Honey Stinger gel. Things were back to being good again.
Met up with Dave and Mike at the starting line and with the blast of a cannon we were off ! The seagull is a hilly, intense race and I knew to have any chance of making the start of the 2nd race I would have to PR the course. Around mile 3 there was a water stop and no one was taking water which had the kids working the table looking sad so I grabbed one on my way by and… I have finally mastered the art of grabbing a cup of water during a race without slowing down and without spilling it all over myself !!! (I’m really proud of this, it only took me 3 years )
Suffered through the last 2 miles, watched an old man out-kick me at the end and captured my 1st ever top ten finish with a 2 minute PR !
Grabbed my stuff, headed to the truck (tried to talk other runners into joining me at the 2nd race, they all told me I’m crazy) and headed to the Heights. Downed some water, devoured another Honey Stinger gel and got to the Falmouth 5000 start… 2 minutes late… No problem, walked to the start line, clicked my watch and took off.
Half a mile in I started passing folks and just kept going, I pushed as hard as I could while also conversing with some friends as I went by them on the course. As I came into the finish I crossed the line in an official 23:04 and looked down at my watch, 20:47. About a minute off my best 5K time, not bad given the wind, 1st race, drive etc.
After hanging out for a while, went home and cracked open a well-earned home-brewed honey amber ale before spending the rest of the day playing with the kids.