• Curse of the Even Number

    March 14, 2011

    Remember when I wrote about Race Day Lucky Charms and my odd number superstition? Basically, I wrote that I feel better/more confident if I get an odd bid number on race day. For some reason, an even number is a sign of bad luck to me, so I wasn’t thrilled when I opened my race packet for the Ras na hEireann and saw this: 

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    Boo. I knew it was just a number, so I tried not to let it get to me and thought positively on the drive to Somerville for the race.

    Mal and I made plans to meet up with our TNT team and a couple of friends after the race at a bar outside of Davis Square (where the race started and finished), so we ended up parking almost 2 miles away. We gave ourselves plenty of time to get ready and jog to the start line.

    Mal joked that since running a marathon, his perception of mileage has totally changed. He said a year ago, he would have never run 2 miles for a 3-mile race!

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    We arrived at the start line with about 5 minutes until gun time. Davis Square was hopping with runners and spectators decked out in green St. Patty’s Day garb.

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    I usually don’t pay attention to where I line up for a race, but I knew this one would be packed, so I moved up to the 8:00 minute pace group. For some reason, I never do this– I just line up somewhere in the back– but it made all of the difference yesterday. I still had to weave in and out of runners, but I think everyone had to do the same. The race had over 5,000 runners!

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    So, I ran a pretty good race. It wasn’t my fastest 5K, but it wasn’t my slowest either. It was a little difficult maneuvering my way through the crowds, but my legs weren’t feeling it either. They were so heavy! They just didn’t want to move. It was frustrating, but I still had a fun time enjoying the festivity of the event. I also saw a bunch of cute dogs along the course, including a pug and a Frenchie, so that made it a good race too!

    I ended up finishing in 25:20 (8:10 pace), which is not a bad time, but it was a good 40 seconds slower than last year’s Ras. But, last year, it down poured for the entire race, so I think I cruised along just so I could get the heck out of the rain!

    After the race, I was supposed to meet Mal at The Burren, so we could run back to the car together and then to the bar to meet our friends. Well, my husband thought “meet at The Burren” meant inside while I took it to mean outside. More than an hour went by before we found each other at Sally O’Brien’s, where we planned to meet our friends.

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    I was a little annoyed about our miscommunication, but a free beer made me feel much better!

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    And, of course, hanging out with our TNT team!

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    While at the bar, I snacked on some French fries.

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    After a couple of hours, Mal and I said goodbye to our friends and headed toward the car. On our walk, we stumbled upon this really cool-looking bar:

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    With an amazing beer list!

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    Mal and I suckers for good microbrews, so we just had to stop into The Independent for one more beer. Plus, neither of us wanted to go home yet. It was a beautiful, sunny day and we were having such a good time together.

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    At The Independent, I ordered a Southampton Biere de Mars, which might become my seasonal beer of choice.

    Southampton’s Biere de Mars is brewmaster Phil Markowski’s classic interpretation of an authentic French farmhouse-style Biere de Mars. Our version is brewed with a blend of wheat and barley malts and a generous amount of continental hops. It is cool fermented and aged to give it a clean, smooth, lager-like character.

    It was delicious, and I savored each sip of it. This beer is definitely on my radar for the coming months.

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    All in all, it was a good race. You can’t PR on all of them, right? Maybe next year!

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    Emma (Namaste Everyday) March 14, 2011 at 3:09 pm

    that’s great! It’s actually refreshing to hear a race story that isn’t completely epic. Just a fun day!

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    Haley March 14, 2011 at 4:29 pm

    Holy moly, 5,000 people?!? Gosh, that’s insane! My race this weekend only had about 100 of us, lol.

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    Kath March 14, 2011 at 4:38 pm

    TINA!! I would die if I got 1926!!!!!!!! It’s super good luck!

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    Shannon's Food Runs March 14, 2011 at 5:08 pm

    Those medals are adorable!!

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    Andrea of Care to Eat March 14, 2011 at 5:31 pm

    Ok, seriously. Next time you guys come to Oregon, you HAVE to spend at least a day in Portland just to go beer hopping. For beer lovers like you guys, it’s a must! Great job on your 5k!

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    Hannah March 14, 2011 at 8:19 pm

    It just amazes me that peopel still run in the rain! I think runners’ brains work differently to mine :P

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    Hilary March 14, 2011 at 10:31 pm

    That’s still a great time…and looks like fun!

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    Shayla March 15, 2011 at 3:43 pm

    I would have died and gone to heaven if I got that number!! 19 is my favorite number and 26 is the date I got married so they’re now two of my favorite numbers!! How funny that you got that combination! LOL! :)

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    Kristen March 15, 2011 at 9:41 pm

    Great job on your race!! 8:10min/miles- thats awesome!

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