Monday, May 6, 2013

Race Report: Cinco de Miler

34m 16s 5.0 miles 06m 51s/Mi

6th out of 249 AG (M40-44)
98th out of 5058 OA

Cinco de Mayo! - And what better way to celebrate the spirit and heritage of our southern neighbor than to run five miles and drink Corona all before 10:30 on a Sunday morning.

I think this celebration is very quickly going the way of St. Paddy's day here in the states...

St Patrick's Day = people making merry all dressed in green, lots of 4-leaf clovers, leprechauns, pots of gold and a reason to drink lots of beer.

Cinco de Mayo = people making merry all dressed like Pancho Villa, lots of bandito-style mustaches, pinatas and a reason to drink lots of beer.

The United States of America - give us your tired, your poor, your finest brew.

On to our race report...

Schmitty (far left) wondering what bandito guy's deal is.
The Cinco de Miler! brought to us by RAM Racing (Running Away Multisport) or better known as the race
organizers who can't start any race on time. All joking aside, Sunday's race actually did have later than normal scheduled start time of 9:30am. Regardless, this Schmitty hit the floor running at 5:45 with all his personal pre-race business to be dealt plus getting Lance the wonder pup all fed and played out all prior to departing casa de Schmitty around 7:20am. I started the day with about 4ozcoffee and half bagel with pb. Then off to do some dynamic stretching and out for about a mile run to shake things loose.

Hey, there's Schmitty!
And what's a Schmitty race without at least one nutritional mishap....I left my Gatorade on the counter at home. So Schmitty started the race good and dehydrated with only a quick gel and a few ounces of water right before start. It was only 5 miles but sure as shootin' by mile 4 I was bone dry....even so, I opted not to take water on course and just dealt with the suffering until the end. Pretty happy with the result...until the last three weeks I haven't done any speed work since the early fall of 2011. So I am just getting back to ever so slightly increasing where I red-line.

Overall a fine morning to be out on the Chicago lakefront.

Here's a mile by mile breakdown if you're curious:
Mile 1: 6:50
Mile 2: 6:53
Mile 3: 6:45
Mile 4: 6:48
Mile 5: 7:00

Final :34:16

Hello again, Peabody and Sherman here....

Cinco de Mayo (Spanish for "fifth of May") is a celebration held on May 5. It is celebrated in the United States[1] and regionally in Mexico, primarily in the state of Puebla,[note 1][2][3][4] where the holiday is called El Día de la Batalla de Puebla (English: The Day of the Battle of Puebla).[5][6][7] It originated with Mexican-American communities in the American West as a way to commemorate the cause of freedom and democracy during the first years of the American Civil War,[8][9] and today the date is observed in the United States as a celebration of Mexican heritage and pride.[10] In the state of Puebla, the date is observed to commemorate the Mexican army's unlikely victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862, under the leadership of General Ignacio Zaragoza Seguín.[3][11] Cinco de Mayo is not Mexico's Independence Day—the most important national patriotic holiday in Mexico—which is celebrated on September 16.[3][12]

And now you know. 


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