|Time to eat the doughnuts!|
|The Race Begins|
I regretted my decision almost instantaneously upon registering. I do not have a good track record when it comes to vomiting and had at one point in my life acquired the nickname Puke Skywalker for having lost my lunch atop Mt. Fuji among other notable and epic spews. About a week ago Hiroko and I came across the ESPN report from the 2009 KKC, and after watching it, I became really nervous about the challenge.
I would even go as far as to say that I became something akin to a bitch about it. Hiroko and I even went to Krispy Kreme and ate three doughnuts each just to see how it would feel, and it didn't feel too good, so I became even worse about the race. Also the weather was forecasting rain for the day of the Challenge.
|Elvis Loves Krispy Kreme|
|Runnin' for doughnuts!|
|The girl that gave me my dozen|
|Still soft and yummy!|
|1 and 2|
|4, 5, 6!|
|11 & 12|
I start jogging around the Krispy Kreme to deposit my empty box and go through the gate for Challengers without any real issues. I wasn't feeling that bad at all. Honestly, I had been so sure that I would be sick as a dog, but I wasn't. I felt a little heavy and a bit bloated but the run wasn't that bad. In fact both the NHL 5k and the Autism 5k were much worse for me. I had a little problem at the hill on the corner of St. Mary's and Hillsborough St. when I saw a guy lose what appeared to be a full dozen, but even the sight of someone else being sick wasn't that bad. The worst part of the return was the smell from the IHOP. The smell of bacon grease was not what I needed while running with a dozen glazed doughnuts in my belly. But, even that was alright. Mile 3's time is too difficult to figure with the eating time factored in. I did it in 25:05.38 and at least 17 mins. of that was eating time. Mile 4 took me 9:52.99 and I ran the last .74 at a 9.20 pace, which I am proud of considering.
I made it to the finish in just under one hour but couldn't cross the sensor because of a bottleneck caused by people stopping at the finish line. My official time was 1 hour, 32 seconds, but I consider the challenge completed. According to my Garmin I ran the Challenge in 1 hour and 36 seconds. However, I had been standing and waiting to cross the finish for awhile before I turned it off. My best guess is that I did it in around 59mins 40 seconds.
|Some People Carry Their Doughnut Back . . . but that is just WEAK!|
|Belltower in sight|
Hiroko was able to finish all 12 doughnuts and complete the race in 1 hour and 4 mins and 18 seconds. Neither one of us got sick, and we were both kind of shocked by the fact that it wasn't all that bad. I think that the cold and rain actually helped. It kept you from getting too hot, the doughnuts stayed moist, and the smells were not overwhelming. After the race, we both fell victim to a crashing sugar high and feel into comas that lasted around 4 hours. I don't think that I will be doing this again anytime soon.