I did not run, but had I ran a race… it would have been the wrong one. [cue music] if we go back in time, you might remember that there were 2 races in my area for St. Patrick’s Day. The one that I had decided to do, but due to lack of childcare could not attend, was the Catch the Leprachaun, otherwise known as the Free Beer 5k. The other one was one that… well, didn’t have free beer.
The Catch the Leprechaun had 251 finishers, The CASA Leprechaun had 38. The overall winner of Catch the Leprechaun finished in 17:26 and the finisher of CASA Leprechaun finished in 16:30. My predicted time of 24:01 for a 5k on March 17th would have put me at 60th Overall for the Catch the Leprechaun and for the CASA Leprechaun I would have been 5th Overall. YES! 5th OVERALL… 2nd in my age group, but 1, 2, 3, 4th and then ME! And the 4th place guy ran a 23:56 and I might have been able to out kick him for 4th.
But that’s all speculation, but still incredible to have thought that it would be possible to reach that level in an official race. My best overall finish ever in a 5k is 14th back in 1999. Just to have the feeling of being that close to the leaders (in standings, mind you. The leaders would have been out of sight and finished 7 minutes before me).
I am 9 of 16 for my Sweet Sixteen. With Texas being eliminated, the best I can do is 7 out of The Elite Eight and 3 of the Final Four. Virginia is out, but by the hands of Tennessee, so that’s a wash…
I think I ran out of sticky notes, because I don’t have anything else, perhaps I will remember it. Perhaps not.