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2012 Bix 7 – 57:07

Race take away: Being out racing feels good again!!

Saturday morning we woke up at 4:30 am and I witnessed a sight I have never seen, Drew beaming awake! He was not only up, but really peppy! We all slept well and were on the road by 5:30 am. We found parking along the riverfront with no problem and got in a .9 mile warm up beforehand.

Apparently I got our registrations messed up and Rob was in a slower corral. We didn’t even think to check at the expo to see if they had a corral correction option, which it turns out they did. Rob was fine with it and said that he wasn’t planning to out fast so being in a slower corral would help with that.

Rob, Drew and I split up to our corrals and prepared for the start. It was a mild 74 degrees. Compared to the record 90-100 degree temps anything in the 70s at 8:00 am feels almost chilly. I met a really nice girl in my corral and we passed the time talking about Garmin watches and our running experiences. This would be her 9th Bix and she was from the area. I explained how hills were not my thing and I was working on getting back into shape so I wasn’t shooting for a time, but more for a strong race with nothing hurting or feeling wrong. I didn’t catch her name, but in the off-chance she reads this, I hope you had a great race and post to say hi! 🙂

I felt comfortable throughout the race. No pains, no stomach issues, and the feeling of enjoying racing came back. I tried to keep my pace conservative so I wouldn’t fizzle out. I knew I shouldn’t try running for a PR because I’m not yet back to that fitness level. I couldn’t have asked for a better race experience!

Rob caught me around mile 4 and said hi as he flew by. He was frustrated at actually how slow the corral he was in really was. Apparently people started the race walking and it made it challenging to even run the first few miles. He had finally broke free and was plugging away at the miles. Next year we will make sure the corral placement is correct. Even with the corral issue Rob PRed with a 51:57! This is an improvement from his time here last year of 53:17.

I came in at 57:07 feeling good! Drew also PRed!

Stats:

57:07

8:10 Pace

F 35-39: 22/791

Overall: 1,617/10,405

2011 – Bix 7 – 54:27


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2011 Bix – 7M – 54:27

The Bix7 is a race in Davenport, IA and is a world-renowned event that has famous elites in attendance like Meb Keflezighi, who was set to be racing, but had to pull out at the last-minute for an ankle issue that needs to attend to prior to upcoming Olympic Trials.

Rob, Drew and I picked up our packets the night prior and had dinner at Woodfire Grill. While we there we saw Joan Benoit Samuelson and I wish I could have got a picture with her, she is so amazing!

It was an early morning, I had a Hammer Chocolate Chip Cashew Bar and then a Hammer Gel Vanilla 20 minutes prior to the race start. I have to say my stomach is finally feeling better (knock on wood)! I added a link to my site for 15% off a first purchase with my referral code because I have been so happy with their product line.

Us before the race.

The seven mile course is known for it’s grinding hilly terrain. They pack a lot of hills in the short distance and coupled with the heat and humidity of July, it’s an adventurous butt kicking experience.

The first hill was laughable it was so steep, comical really. Like the first climb of a roller coaster, tilted back type feeling. Rob and I were in the first corral. Our friend Ryan was a part of the elite field, which is so awesome! The corral size was pretty large and we didn’t push our way to the front. We hung out in the middle thinking everyone would take off way too quickly and we wouldn’t have any issue plugging away at the first hill. That was actually a bad decision. The gun goes off and we are in the midst of a shuffle that was moving too slow. Rob and I dodge and weave, both realizing that getting to the front of the corral would have been the better way to go.

.3ish mile in and we are back to flat. 18,000 participants on a residential street cause a tight squeeze. It was a blurry mix of crowd and up and down terrain. On the turn around I could see the elites coming by and even caught of glimpse of Ryan and gave him a shout of encouragement. I tried to find Rob in the mix, but missed him in all the commotion of trying to run and not trip on the mass people.

The course is lined with spectators the whole way. Great music, people tailgating, it was a lot like a longer distance race. The temps were melting, but considered mild compared to previous years. It still didn’t stop me from pouring water on myself. At water stops I would grab a cup, take a sip and dump the remainder on myself for that brief moment of cooling.

About mile 4.5 I hear people shouting for Bill Rodgers. He’s out on the course. Rob and I saw him at USAF Half Marathon running the 10K, but this was my chance to run alongside a legend. I got the chance to say to him “Bill you are a running legend, thank you so much for being here. You are such an inspiration.” He said “thanks” and then encouraged everyone around us to stay hydrated and drink water. I got to run with him for about a half mile until he stopped to walk through a next water stop.

Then at mile 6 the road widened and the crowed thinned out. When the downhill came it was like a ski jump and I faced the speed and forced myself to go with it than hold back. I was passing people left and right, flying down the hill to the finish.

Dying in the heat to the finish.

It was such a fun race and I would put this on a must-race list if you haven’t yet. It was just so unique and memorable. The only downside was there was no medal! How is that possible? I would have paid a few more bucks to see that happen, so I was sad to have have a medal to show for such a fun race.

Sweaty and wet from sprayers and dumping water on ourselves.

Afterward we changed clothes and grabbed a bloody mary at a local pub.


Stats:

07.30.2011

54:27

F 30-34: 21/781