Dewey Beach 5K

[erin photo]Hello from vacation!  Erin, three of my cousins, and I got up bright and early this morning to run a 5K, after a late Fourth of July celebration on the beach last night.  Waking up to the alarm before the sun comes up on these race day mornings often leads me to wonder why I do this stuff, especially on vacation.  But I do it again and again, so either I have a pathetic memory or there’s something I love about it.

I must say that the Race of the Day award goes to Erin!  After surprising us last week by taking two minutes off her previous 5K time, Erin shaved off yet another minute today!  She finished in 26:26, a full three minutes faster than her Bel Air Town Run time.  And still with no running in between races, just biking.  Go figure.

[matt airborne photo]I beat my previous time by one second, finishing in 19:15.  Considering how flat today’s course was and how hard I’ve been training for the past month, this is a little disappointing.  I chalk it up to the fact that I didn’t keep an even pace, running the first mile in 5:53, and essentially walking after that (ok, I exaggerate).  On the plus side, I ran my fastest mile ever (that one), and even better, I placed second in my age group.  So I got a medal for that, which was a first for me, if you don’t count the finishers medals that they give to everyone at the end of marathons and halfs.  And the medal doubles as a bottle opener (no joke), so I may just have to wear it around for the rest of my vacation!

My cousins Kelley, Connie, and Jon also ran good races today, and we all skipped the post-race beer and wings to get some coffee afterward (it was only 8:30 a.m., which is a little early to start hitting the bottle, even on vacation).  Here we all are looking much happier than we actually felt:

[everyone photo]

A good number of people asked about our No Meat Athlete shirts today and whether they were for sale, and it hurt me to have to tell them “not yet,” since I’ve been procrastinating on this for a while.  Apparently, getting a few price quotes and then being lazy doesn’t cause the shirts to start printing themselves, so I’m going to get on this now and I’ll have them available soon.

[matt erin mom photo]

Radio Interview

By the way, my interview on WOCM’s The Rude Awakening morning show on Friday went well.  And when I say “went well,” I mean that there were no FCC violations, I didn’t speak at a million words per second, and I wasn’t one of those oblivious guests that the hosts make fun of the whole time (unless I was just oblivious, hmm…).  And I have a digital recording of it, so once I figure out how to post it, I’ll do that.

Alright, back to the beach!  It’s a little cloudy today, but hopefully it will clear up.  And if not, I’ll just have to break out my new bottle opener/medal and start happy hour a little early to celebrate everyone’s great race.



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  1. Hey Matt..this is cousin Kelley and I would like the race day award..I have not trained or run a race in years and I was up to 2 am cleaning the beach,,let’s throw cousin kelley a bone 🙂

    Thanks for the invite to run-you are an inspiration with your dedication,,and Erin you look great..
    .-= Kelley´s last blog ..Dewey Beach 5K =-.

  2. Great job on the race. I had a similar PR this weekend on my 5 miler. I dropped 13 seconds off my previous time, but I wasn’t too happy with the race. I will be looking for the shirts to go on sale!
    .-= Robin´s last blog ..MIA Due to Running =-.

  3. Colleen says:

    Way to go!! We’ll have to talk t-shirts and web stuff this week!

  4. Tell Erin great work on continually dropping the bar! That’s some solid progress.

    Let me know if you need help getting the audio on the blog. I’ve done a lot with that sort of thing.
    .-= Blaine Moore´s last blog ..2009 Weekly Back Cove Race Series » Week 8 =-.

  5. Well done on the fastest mile for you and best time for Erin… Those all matter!

    I would totally buy a t-shirt from you and pay for the extra postage to South Africa! I just love those shirts!
    .-= Hanlie´s last blog ..Prevention or Cure? =-.

  6. Way to go on the race!! And I love the shirts…I think my brother would be all over them if you start selling them. 🙂
    .-= Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down)´s last blog ..Hiking and Cookouts… =-.

  7. Nice job at the race. Very cool that you and some family members all took part. Enjoy your vacation.
    .-= diana´s last blog ..Rundown =-.

  8. Congrats on the race – to all of you! And yay for a radio interview. Happy Monday!
    .-= Holly (The Healthy Everythingtarian)´s last blog ..Let Freedom Ring, Part 2 =-.

  9. WOW you inspire me to run atleast 3k a day! WOo! that T-shirt is cool too.
    .-= Ann´s last blog ..Satvic III – Lentil Dosa with Cabbage Curry =-.

  10. Great job on the race! That’s hilarious that the medal doubles as a bottle opener.

    And I’m so glad that the radio show went well- I hope that you get it posted here!
    .-= Sagan´s last blog ..How does music affect your health? =-.

  11. Great job on getting up early the next morning and doing the 5K. That is pure dedication!!! Now that is what you call a double dose of use, award and bottle opener!!! Can’t wait for the shirts to come available!!!

  12. Joe Kienle says:

    Well I like the web site and the 30 day challenge. So I am starting my no meat 30 day challenge. BTW – does no meat mean seafood? Thanks for the good health info. I’m think I will try the baked energy bars this weekend.


    • Hey Joe! Glad you hear you’re going to do a 30 day challenge. “No meat” means whatever you want it to mean for your challenge. For me, it means no fish, but when I started this blog I still ate fish. I think fish are pretty healthy, for the most part. Allowing fish might also might make the transition easier.

  13. Brian Gallagher says:

    Matt & Erin,

    Tsk, tsk. It’s almost sacrilegious to do one of the Seven Sisters’ runs and not have a free beer afterward … those usually sucky lite beers taste pretty darn good after a race. Beer first, coffee later … when in Dewey, do as …

    Also, if you do another one of these races this year or next and you have a group like you did for this one, enter the beach house competition. Our house won the first beach house competition for the Northbeach 5k. Great times, by the way.


    • Brian, I can definitely appreciate a nice terrible light beer after a race. But it’s always been after a marathon, and by that time it’s usually 10 or 11 a.m. Somehow the difference between that and 8:30 is tremendous. Next time I will man up.

      Thanks for the beach house tip. I have a feeling more family members will be doing it next year, so that will be perfect.

  14. Congratulations on the race! I can’t think of a more beautiful place than Dewey Beach to run!

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