So after running the InsideOut Sports Classic Half Marathon last Sunday, my normal routine would be to take a day or two off from running before easing back into the mileage. Instead, last week seemed like the perfect week to do back to back to back beerruns and support my local craft brewers that are hosting weekly runs around the Raleigh-Durham Triangle area. My legs actually felt great come Tuesday thanks to my spring training plan and racing primarily on dirt during the half marathon distance.
I decided to take on the challenge of running the Big Boss Run Club, the Fullsteam Ahead! Run Club and finishing by racing the new Natty Greene's Foxhunt 5k on Thursday which was the night before my birthday.
I started with a 3.1 mile run at Big Boss on Tuesday and ran with a friend - Rich who is training for the New York City Marathon this fall. Rich is one of the founders of Triangle Spokes Group - a great local charity I have blogged about before and will be writing about again really soon. My legs felt great after the run and the Big Boss D'Icer pint tasted great.
The next evening, I headed over to Durham for a run at Fullsteam Brewery. This was my second time running with Bull City Running at Fullsteam and I went with the 4.2 mile run that circled downtown and Duke's east campus. It was in the low 90's so by the time I made it back to the brewery, I was drenched in sweat. Luckily, I made it back fairly quickly and didn't have to wait long for a pour of their seasonal Summer Basil farmhouse ale and a slice of pizza from Pie Pushers - a sweet little food trailer serving up the Durham food truck scene.
Thursday night, I joined some friends from the Big Boss Run Club and a fellow beerrunner from LoneRider Brewing for the Foxhunt 5k at Natty Greene's Brewpub and Restaurant in downtown Raleigh. This was an official race with timing, closed streets and beer at the finish. Natty Greene's also hosts the Old Town Draught House Beerun that I have run the past two years in Greensboro. The temperatures were up again but I felt great and fairly hydrated at the start. Following a similar format to the old SkirtChaser 5k series, the ladies started first at 7pm than the guys lined up for a 7:03 start. The goal is to catch the ladies including the fox, a single runner who started up front. When we guys took off running, I started much faster than I would normally start a 10k or half marathon but still considerably slower than many of the other guys around me. The first mile was mostly uphill following Hillsborough Street to the first roundabout so I was surprised to pass the first mile mark at 7:06! After the initial start, no one ever passed me as I pushed myself past some of the guys and than some ladies all the way back to the finish. As I came round the final turn to the finish, I was actually alone and could hear more than just Michelle yelling my name. She had rounded up a group of friends to come surprise me at the finish and share a beer. It was really cool to have those guys and gals there for me as I crossed the finish.
In the end, my 5k time was 23:04 which is officially a new 5k PR for me beating my time from the Second Empire 5k that I ran in the same area of Raleigh in September 2007! It also gets me close to my 5k times from high school when I was about 35 lbs lighter than I am now.
My next goal is to break my 10k PR from November 2003 and I am hoping to do it at the Historic Beaufort 10k in July. It's a flat race but its likely to be burning hot like last year so we'll see if I am up to the challenge. In the meantime, come out for a run or a walk with me and the crew at Big Boss Brewery any Tuesday night this summer. Cheers!