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Member Since:

Jan 04, 2010



Goal Type:

Recover From Injury

Running Accomplishments:

In late 2008 I decided I needed to get in better shape and started running again.  I ran my first formal road race ever, a half marathon, in late 2009.

(unofficial) Track 1 Mile - 7:32 (4/24/2010)  6:56 (9/27/2010)

5k - 27:31 - Riverview Run on 06/11/2010
22:39 - Gatorade Steelers 5k on 09/04/2010

10k - 50:43 - Riverside Run on 04/10/2010

Half - 2:02:58 - Just a Short Run on 03/27/2010
1:51:47 - IKEA Montour Trail Half on 09/11/2010

Short-Term Running Goals:

2011 Races:

Sept 25 - The Great Race 10k (59:15)
Nov 5 - Dirt Monster 5mi (52:59)

2012 Races:

June 8 - Riverside 5k  (27:49)
Sept 2 - Gatorade Steelers 5k (route) with Steve!  (27:39)
Sept 30 - The Great Race 10k (route)  (53:48)
Nov 3 - The Dirt Monster 5mi (52:55)

2013 Races:

May - Pittsburgh Marathon (started, but DNF about the half way point)
June - Riverview 5k  - Bummed I missed signing up for this one. It's one of my favorites!
Sept - Gatorade/Steelers 5k. (Signed up!)
Sept - IKEA Montour Trail Half  (prob not, but leaving it on here)
Sept - The Great Race 10k (My Running 101 goal race)
Nov - Dirt Monster 5mi (Gotta do it again no matter what!)

Long-Term Running Goals:

Finish recovering from my injuries and build mileage.  That is all.


My name is Wes, I'm married with two wonderful children. The nickname BaldNSpicy came from the fact that I have been balding for a (long) while now and spicy for my love of very spicy foods (Thai and extremely hot wings are my favorites).  If eating doesn't bring me near tears and leave me sweating, it's not worth eating.  :-)

Oh, and I'm also known for my doorags.

Favorite Quotes:

"Running without hills is like motorcycling without corners." - rAtTLeTrAp

"Excellence is not a singular act, but a habit.  You are what you do repeatedly." - Shaquille O'Neal

"A man can fail many times, but he isn't a failure until he begins to blame somebody else."  - John Burroughs

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Miles:This week: 0.00 Month: 0.00 Year: 0.00
NB 758s #2 Lifetime Miles: 596.90
Brooks Cascadia 7 Lifetime Miles: 165.17
Race: Gatorade Steelers 5k (3.1 Miles) 00:22:39, Place overall: 301, Place in age division: 29
Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance

Today couldn't have been more perfect.  Weather was cool - 58F and low humidity, some wind.  Course is completely flat and is considered a very fast course.  Garmin says the course was 3.20 mi, but I think that may have been a function of running a couple of streets with tall buildings on either side and a section where we were running under an overpass for about .15mi.  Bottom line, I got a great PR and everyone else I knew running it did very well too.

Splits:  7:10, 6:50, 7:19, 1:20 (0.20)

Got to the race with plenty of time and with the exception of almost forgetting my timing chip in the car, the warm up was uneventful.  My daughter came with me and she went in to get a good seat in Heinz Field (Steeler's stadium) where the finish line is.  I warmed up with some slow running and some high knees, butt kickers and some stretching.  They always start late from what I had heard and they didn't disappoint.  They had traffic on the course that the police were trying to get cleared.  The race was supposed to start at 9am but the gun didn't go off until about 9:35.  I don't know if they meant they'd start all the chatter, introduction of former Steelers players and coaches, national anthem, etc at 9am or whether they'd have that all out of the way and the gun firing at 9am.  Didn't matter too much to me.  The weather was great and I just kept moving to stay loose.  The last thing I wanted was to pull something and make next week's race miserable.

There were over 3,000 runners this year, up from about 2,600 last.  I knew with my 24:00 goal that I'd be in the first 1/3 or so of the finishers, but I also knew from my few racing experiences that I tend to spend too much time trying to get around people that start too far towards the front.  I didn't start far enough forward even though I thought I was pretty well positioned.  That stressed me out and I felt like I was playing catch up the rest of the race.  Part of me was upset at these people, but I realized that I am to blame for not starting farther ahead.  I just am not that confident with my ability to start out fast enough and then hold it.  I was passing lots of people even after the first 0.5mi that it took me to get out of the congestion.  I didn't look at my Garmin much in the first mile, so I was pretty surprised when I came past the first mile marker and they were yelling splits.  It was just under 8:00.  I was shocked.  It sure seemed a lot faster. I had my Garmin setup to show my HR, mile split avg pace, distance, and split distance.  I had heard the mile markers weren't exactly right, so I chalked it up to that and the slow start.

During this first mile, I latched on to a guy that had a shirt with a girl and a saying "Skirt Chaser."  I figured he had latched on to some faster chick and was chasing her, so I tried to stick with him.  As we were on our way back to the stadium, I was thinking, "man, this is going by quick and I'm cruisin!"  I was struggling some, but figured the end was in sight!  Then, as we ran past the door that leads into the stadium, it dawned on me that we still had to run around the stadium, back past the start, and down a street and back!  This was a HUGE mental blow.  I was about a mile from the finish at that point.

The last mile, I was trying to just keep my position.  I let a couple of guys go by me toward the end, but I did catch and pass the skirt chaser.  I didn't find the skirt, but I'm sure she was up there.  There was a point at about 0.3mi that I really wanted to just walk.   I knew I could walk it to the entrance to the stadium and still PR, but I knew if I did that I wouldn't be able to break 24:00.  I pushed through and as I entered the stadium, I saw 22:45 or so and realized that I wasn't going to be able to break 23:00 but I tried.  I hit the finish line at about 23:10 and stopped the Garmin.  Man was I disappointed!  I was so close to a sub-23:00!  Then I remembered the delayed start and looked to see what my Garmin said and I was totally stoked!  Yeaaa!

I don't have final results yet to know where I placed, but I did better than I had expected to do, especially with the stressful week.  I'm glad I took the last two days off since that definitely helped.  I would have had to do sub-20:00 to place in my AG, so it will have to be next year.  :-)

Overall, I felt great and am happy with my PR.  There are mistakes I made (starting too far back & forgetting about the details of the course) that possibly could have gotten me close to a sub-22:00.  With some more race experience, I think everything will come together nicely over the next year or so.  2011 will be a great year!!

They didn't tell me there would be ice cream at the end.  I would have blitzed for it! (Sorry, pic is terrible, but it sure tasted great!)  lol

Edit:  Added Overall and Division places.  I got chicked 45 times over.  Still, 301 out of 2,861 isn't too bad.  There were wheelchair and walkers which put it over the 3,000 mark.  I would have had to be under 18:04 to place in my AG.  :-(  It's gonna be a while for that, I think.  In the 40-45 AG, I would have had to be under 17:38.  Dang!  It's not gonna get easier as I get older??

NB 758s #1 Miles: 3.50
Weight: 0.00
From flatlander on Sat, Sep 04, 2010 at 19:39:57 from

Wow, what a great time, don't think I have seen a 5-minute PR for a 5K over a three-month period before. Great racing there, I don't think there is a great solution for crowding at the start line, you seemed to deal with it fine. You'll be breaking 20 before long, now that your speed is out in the open.

From Rob Murphy on Sat, Sep 04, 2010 at 19:50:58 from

Holy Cow that's a big 5k! I bet the winners were done before some people crossed the starting line.

Big congratulations on the PR. That always feels good.

From Burt on Sun, Sep 05, 2010 at 00:30:47 from

More like Bald and Speedy! Wow! You rocked the house.

From SlowJoe on Sun, Sep 05, 2010 at 01:35:02 from

Dude, great race. That is a huge PR! Looks like that first mile came out just fine, though I know that frustrating feeling of getting stuck like that...speed up, slow down, speed up, slow down. You'll break 22 for sure next time. Nice job.

From Teena Marie on Sun, Sep 05, 2010 at 10:26:19 from


Hope you are still on cloud nine from your huge PR. That is awesome!

Skirt Chaser: There are a series of 5Ks that are called "Skirt Chasers." The women start before the men do and the men try and catch up! :)

Please tell me that I am misreading something and that the icecream is not made by Turkey Hill!!!! :)

From baldnspicy on Sun, Sep 05, 2010 at 15:23:53 from

Flat - the 5 min PR is more like Barry Bond's HR record. It should come with an * since the first 5k, I started off with my daughter and it was a hilly course. This one couldn't have been flatter. I'd say it was definitely a 2:30-3:00 PR since I don't think that I could have run that much faster than 25:00 3-4 months ago.

Thanks Rob. It was a big race I don't know how long it took people to get off the starting line, but it took me longer than I thought it would based on being only 15-20 rows back.

Burt, I don't know if I rocked the house, but I was very happy!

Joe - I don't know how I came out of that first mile at 7:10 since the couple of times I did look down at the Garmin, it was usually when I was frustrated with the congestion and it was close to an 8:00 average which was much slower than I wanted to be at. So, I must have really made up some ground that second half of that mile, or maybe it wasn't as slow as I thought it was. I'll have to check the Garmin later.

Teena, it IS Turkey Hill. Got a problem with that? lol It was excellent, and with the concession area of the stadium, everything was kept nice and chilled, the ice cream frozen, and the cookies fresh! Plus, it was shaded and protected from the wind. A great venue, that's for sure.

I've seen race reports for the Skirt Chasers. I've thought I should start up a series like that out here, but I don't know if my wife would be too thrilled. I may have to make a case for it, though. :-)

Thanks everyone. This blog is awesome support and it's fun to read everyone's blogs and race reports. You're all so inspirational to me and that has helped a ton!

From rAtTLeTrAp on Sun, Sep 05, 2010 at 17:49:45 from

Nice work Wes! I knew you were going to nail this one.

From baldnspicy on Sun, Sep 05, 2010 at 20:46:24 from

Thanks Mike. You knew more than I did. :-)

From baldnspicy on Mon, Sep 06, 2010 at 20:07:10 from

Added my overall and division place and a little added commentary. Enjoy!

From Kelli on Mon, Sep 06, 2010 at 20:54:05 from

NICE!!!!! Being chicked is fine, but skirt chasing is more fun, huh?

Great job on the race, i am glad that it was a GOOD day!!!

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