The Pearl Street mile will see a major change to the original course this year with the new course being a 2 lapped event. The race will start on 14th and Spruce St and it will finish in front of Boulder’s iconic Court House located on the Pearl St Mall.
The newly designed course will make it spectator friendly with Downtown Boulder’s Band on the Bricks and the new finish line in front of the Boulder Court House will certainly make it one of the most spectacular finish line backdrops.
After the race, enjoy the Downtown Boulder’s Bands on the Bricks, which is Boulder County’s premier outdoor summer concert series taking place on the Pearl Street Mall adjacent to the race finish line. Listen to music from “That Eighties Band” and venture into the beer garden and enjoy a nice cold post race beer courtesy of Avery Brewing Company.
Part of the Downtown Boulder Race Series. The race will be at the traditional starting spot of 11th and Pearl, but this year it will be bigger than ever before with the live 80’s cover band “The Goonies”, the Oskar Blues beer garden, and of course running races for all ages. The West End race has reverted back to the popular 3K distance, which was last held in 2013.
This years West End 3K promises to be a great event. With all races being multi-lapped loops making them spectator friendly, the new redevelopment of the West End of Pearl completed, plenty of great options to eat and have a drink while relaxing after your race, there is no excuse not to have a good time!
Now that we’ve completed Dash & Dine #1, here is my race report. Mine might be different than the usual race report (as if anyone else went home to write in their Dash & Dine diary).
Easy. I signed up a long time ago so all I needed to do was pick up my bib. Keep your bib. It’s your bib for the series. That’s slick. Now all I have to do is show up. No waiting in line. Now I have more port-o-potty time.
Warmup. Matt from Revolution Running lead us in a FREE coached warmup. First we ran and then we did drills. It was my first coached warm up and I’ll admit, my first real warm up. Matt was nice and helpful. It was fun. And he’ll be there again next Tuesday.
Fun. I want to be very clear. I am not that person who says “I’m just out here to have fun. I don’t care about my time.” That’s not me. I do care about my time. I want to get faster and stronger. Of course, at some point I won’t get faster, things will level out. But for now, there’s room for improvement. But it does have to be fun. Even after childbirth they handed me a beautiful baby. Suffering is fine as long as it’s served with a side of fun. Friends, kind spectators, food afterwards and a welcoming finish line; all ingredients for a fun evening.
My time. Okay, here it is. My time was 14 seconds slower than my fastest time last year. Which means I am 14 seconds slower than my peak time which was at the END of the Dash & Dine 5k series. The good news is that my last mile was faster than my first two. Can I go out a few seconds faster on the first mile without losing it? Can I go a bit faster on the second mile if there is no headwind this time? Maybe. Or maybe #2 will just be slower. What then? Who knows. Perhaps that’s part of why we line up. It’s an unknown and in this life of immediately knowing whatever we need to know whenever we need to know it (goodbye microfiche, hello Google) we line up not knowing how it will all work out. And like when some of us get married or take our car into the shop, we hope for the best.
Honesty. I’ll be honest. There are some people out there that are fast. Like 18, 19, 20 minute 5k fast. You can’t see me, but I’m clapping for them. For the rest of us, we line up, we run and we finish. Our time is our time. It’s a number on a clock. It’s not a statement about who you are as a person. It’s not a determinate of how long you’ll live or how much you will be loved. It’s not a hint as to how nice you are or how you will be remembered. It’s a number and it’s your number.
I hope you’ll come out for the next Dash & Dine on Tuesday. I’ll be there and I’ll probably be talking loudly at the start and laughing at the finish. If you need a pep talk, come find me.
From the Washington Post
When Quinn Schneider woke up last Sunday and saw a snowstorm had left eight inches of snow on his doorstep, he wasn’t disappointed.
“Any time we get the chance to have snow, I really love it,” the North Carolina high school senior said.
Like any other teenager, he likes that it usually means school’s canceled so he has extra time with his friends, but on this particular day, Schneider, who the Charlotte Observer named the state’s best boys cross-country athlete of the year, liked it for a different reason. It posed a new physical challenge.
“I’ve run in the snow before,” the 18-year-old said, “but nothing like that deep of snow.”
Schneider, who follows a strict training regimen, said he could’ve taken the day off, but then he thought about what an Olympian would do.
“You’ve got to stay in your [training] routine,” he said. “If you get out of your routine, it’s not as effective.”
And so he grabbed a shovel and walked out the door.
“I’m not going to let the snow be an excuse not to go run today,” he remembered thinking.
Schneider eventually made his way to his high school’s track and started digging…