Guest Blogger: Brandon Boucher
Hello all, I’m back! First I must apologize. I ran the Jingle all the Way 8K in December last year…. And I didn’t blog about it! A lot was going on, I was preparing for a wedding and I just lost track of time. From what I remember, there was running, a guy juggling while running past me, being cold as I ran past the mile four mark and wondering why I wasn’t finished. Low and behold an 8K is 5 Milers; well now I know.
So, anyway a lot has happened between last December and now. As I mentioned, I was married to Jessica Butchko on Dec 22, 2012 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. After a short stay for the holidays, we were off to the Caribbean for a seven day cruise. We spent New Year’s Eve in the middle of the Caribbean Sea and had a wonderful time! January was uneventful, I am resuming classes at George Mason University and started running again as the weather is starting to improve.
Soooo now on to the first race of 2013! Jessica and I did the Love The One You’re With 5K in Pentagon City. It was kind of cold waiting for the start and after a short warm up we ducked in to a VIP only section for the event, otherwise known as the Pacers store at Pentagon Row. As time was winding down, Jessica and I went to the start. As we were lining up, Alf from the TV show walks up and lines up in front of me. We receive our final instructions and a way we go. The course is a rolling hill out and back. On the way out one of my co-workers, Kate, run past me and says that “she going to beat me.” I chuckle and just then a very large man drops something and stops in the middle of the field, right in front of Kate. She has to stop dead in her tracks and I have to do a hurdle to avoid hitting him. I never saw Kate again. The first hill comes right at a quarter mile, and it was a little bit of a doosie. It was cold and I had not really warmed up. After I crest the hill, I started on some downhill rollers until the turn around. The weather was nice but a little chilly. I had on a pair of tights, long sleeve base layer and thin Nike half zip that was very comfy to run in. Mile one comes up and I ran a 7:15. I continued on to the turn around and start my way back. The rollers downhill now are rollers up hill. Yay!! On the way back I see Jessica and my co-workers. I run past the two mile mark but I didn’t take a look at my watch. I started to speed up on the last mile. I felt really good. I ran down the last hill and rounded the last corner and the finish was not far. I came across at 21:53. My splits for this race showed that I ran a 7:15, 7:05, and 6:45. I grabbed a banana and water and started running back the course to meet up with Jessica. I ran with her for the last three quarters of a mile. We were able to grab a photo of us running. She crossed the line just under 40 minutes.
My next race—this weekend—is the George Washington Birthday 10K here in Alexandria, Virginia. Until then…