|Pat Tillman (left) and his brother Kevin (right) both enlisted in the army after the 9/11 attacks.|
Pat played for the NFL (AZ Cardinals) and Kevin was drafted by the Anaheim Angels for baseball.
*He graduated from ASU with a 3.83 GPA in 3 1/2 years (impressive) in Business Marketing.
*At one point in his NFL career he turned down a $9 Million dollar offer from the Rams out of loyalty to the Cardinals.
*He ran marathons and tri-athalons during the off season
*When he decided to join the Army Rangers he asked his friend
|I realize these pictures are super exciting. They were taken quickly before we headed out to the race.|
|I like the tech shirts they had for this race although it was a HOT morning and|
I was wishing I had stuck with my usual tank top.
He forgot to mention in his update that he jumped over the gate into the 1st corral winning him lovely looks from the other runners. (I told you he would find a way)
Travis ran the Pat Tillman last year with a time of 25:15 so his goal this year was to get in under 25 minutes, beat all the girls (last year 3 beat him but he didn't know this because they started after him so their chip time was faster but they weren't "ahead" of him during the race) and have a less than 6 minute pace. His official time for 2011 was 24:59! Goal achieved with 1 second to spare. Pace 5:56. Goal Achieved. Overall place was 64 and this year their were 6 girls that whooped him!! Too bad buddy. :)
I had plenty of time for a potty break and afterwards I got in line at the very back of corral 9. And we were off. Actually corral one was off and we followed about 10 minutes later. As we were running the group I was in was slower than what I wanted to be running. They were at a steady 11 minute pace. I kept thinking that at any second the crowd would thin a bit and I could make my way around them and pick up my speed. It never thinned. So I spent the next mile weaving my way in and out, around, over and through people. It was really annoying. At one point I turned sideways to get through the 10 across group that decided to stop and walk after the first mile. Walking is fine but why do you line up in a running corral if you are going to walk? I don't get it. I was on the right hand side of the crowd and there was a water stop at mile one on the right. I don't normally drink water in a race this short but everyone else apparently does because once they saw the water stop they all charged across right in front of me and bombarded the water stop. Awesome!
Mile 2 a dude jetted right in front of me and then puked! Super Awesome.
Mile 3 was pretty cool where a pack of army dudes were chanting and that was fun up until one of them took out one of those orange construction barrier things because he "didn't see it" then yelled up at his army buddies that they should have told him about it. Good thing it wasn't a cliff.
Mile 4 I thought "I'm just going to salvage this race and run as fast as I can into the stadium" So I pick up the pace and start my kick and a 12 year old literally steps on the back of my shoes and I do the arm thing to keep myself from falling over. So at that point I just give up and fall into step with the other masses where we shuffle across the finish line. I had a soft goal of coming in under 40 minutes knowing it was going to be crowded and I just wanted to see what it was like to run with a mass crowd in a race. I thought this goal had a lot of wiggle room but I crossed in 43 minutes. This tells me I definitely don't know how to run very well in crowds. I think a lot of energy was lost running to the start line and also darting in and out of people. The beginning of races are always stressful to me because of the crowd but then when it thins out I settle down. The fact that it never thinned out was not a good thing for me.
The finish line was very anti climatic. They had the ASU football players lining the chute to the finish line but they were just standing there not cheering or anything...LAME. And then once you crossed the finish line it was all business of people continuing to "move you along" to make room for the people still coming in.
I found Travis, we walked out, grabbed some Powerade and a banana. Walked through the expo and then we decided we better head out because our oldest son was watching the other kids at home. We ran the mile and a half back to the car together and that was probably my favorite part of the race. We headed home and on with the day.
I realize this race report sounds negative. I think the problem is that the race didn't meet my expectations. My expectations were likely off. I will run this race again but maybe this would be a good one to do with kids where I'm not trying to necessarily "run" but just enjoy the event. I know it is possible to run fast in a race like this because Travis did it and Jeff over at Running Through Phoenix PR'd and lots of my other friends did just fine so I guess it's just me. I just need to figure out how to run more efficiently during this type of event. I also realized (I think I already knew) that I enjoy running to "escape" the craziness of life and have some "me" time so running with this many other people doesn't really fit into why I enjoy running. Lots to learn. Lot's to learn. And so the story goes.
I might note that this is the 4th race I have run this year (2011). Before 2011 I had only run 4 races TOTAL in my life so at least This Non Race Runner is still Putting herself out there. I'm growing by leaps and bounds :)
Happy Running Everyone,