Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!
I’ve been delayed from writing about this Nov. 16 run because my home PC was disconnected for several days as we re-carpeted our living room. That’s my excuse anyway, and I am sticking to it.
The Mustache Dache is a nationwide series of 5K runs to benefit Movember, the international men’s health charity that raises awareness and research funding for men’s diseases such as prostate and testicular cancer. The Seattle event has been held at least two years, though I just became familiar with it this year.
The event is open to both male and female runners and walkers, and everyone is encouraged to wear a mustache — real, fake, lame, whatever. And whatever manly costume the mustache inspires is welcome as well.
More than 2,000 runners and walkers in fun, festive outfits and good spirits completed the Seattle run at Magnuson Park. That included 10 of my co-workers and friends from Zones, thanks to Jennifer Winchester, who organized the Zones team (see picture at top; I’m in the middle).
Because the course was flat and the weather was near-perfect — sunny and low 50s — most in my group had their best times of the year. That included me. I was happy to finish in 38:03 (a 12:15 per mile pace), my fastest 5K time and pace since the 32:24 (10:25 per mile) I ran on Jan. 1, 2011. That was pre-surgery, but I ran gingerly on an ever-worsening ankle. (My 5K PR is 24:32 in 2005.)
I ran virtually the same Magnuson Park loop course in 42:03 (13:34 per mile) on Jan. 1, 2013, in this year’s Resolution Run 5K — which was my first complete run (not a walk/run) since my August 2011 ankle surgery. So it was a nice feeling to lop four minutes off my 5K time in less than a year (I’ve done nine 5Ks this year and 13 runs overall), though I’m not sure how much closer I can get to my pre-injury times.
Congrats to fellow team members Jennifer, her boyfriend Michael Gray, Jaime Massie, Amy Ala, Tyra Nelson and her daughter Taryn, Karly Simmons, Rebecca Hallin and friend Kory Twaites. All had great races, including Jaime and Jennifer, who ran PRs.
We didn’t all congregate until after the run, but it was great see everyone, including Amy and Tyra, former Zones recruiters who now work at my last company, Microsoft.
The Mustache Dache was an extremely well-organized event, with lots of food and beverages available afterwards. And it was a nice touch to award silver medals in the shape of a mustache to all finishers; I’ll always remember what race that medal came from.
What’s next: In a few days, I will be walking and running the Seattle Half-Marathon. It will be my first Seattle Half since 2007 — I did the full marathon in 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2012 (I was still recovering from surgery in 2011). I’ve done this event, half or full, 10 times since 2002, missing only 2011. I am looking forward to the half, but not to the rain and cold in the forecast. It’s a good year not to do the full.
Enjoy your turkey, everyone!
Thanks for reading. Till next time.