Tuesday, January 01, 2008


Montgomery Country Road Runners Jan. 1, 2008 5K:
30:15 (pace: 9:46 min. mile)
(UPDATE: I can't stand it!!! You'll just have to bear with me.)
5/12 Jeanne McCann 50 Bethesda MD MCRRC 30:22 9:47 )

FIVE OUT OF 12!!! Not 11/12!!! Not 12/12!!!

Same race last year:
33:01 (10:38 min. mile)

My all-time 5K PR: GW Parkway Classic, April 23, 2006, a FLAT COURSE:
31:13 (10:03 min. miles)

To recap:

Today, Jan. 1, 2008, I ran a race where my average pace started with the number NINE.

9:46 min. miles


This is the first time EVER I have EVER run a race where my pace started with something other than 10!!! I mean usually it's 11! If not 12!! I'm in the single digits people!!!

This race is small and free to club members. It's a double loop course. There's a pretty nice big long downhill in it, which you get to go down twice. Of course what goes down must go up.

I decided to throw caution to the wind and forget about conserving my energy and all that nonsense. I was gonna go out fast, and see what happened.

Mile 1: 9:23 (I KNOW! Don't ask me! I have no idea!!!)

Mile 2: 9:33 (Ditto!!)

Mile 3.11: 11:18 (Now we're back in more familiar territory.)


This is the club that is RABID about no headphones, although of COURSE there were people running who were wearing headphones. $#@~!

This is the race where last year I barely kept up with an 8-year-old and his dad who was carrying a cup of coffee throughout the race.

This year, there was a 7-year-old girl dressed as tinkerbell. I had my eye on her, believe me.

This year I ran beforehand for 10 minutes to warm up. I was so hepped up by the time we got going, you would have thought I'd been doped.

Old School Runner was there, volunteering, taking photos, and cheering. It's so nice to hear your name called. I sped up whenever I saw him, funnily. Stick a camera on me and apparently I snap to.

This year, I felt stronger. I think that spinning and swimming have helped.

Of course it's not a race unless there is drama: As I was cruising toward the finish, not believing that the clock said 30:xx, I heard a man behind me yell, "Catch her! Catch her!", obviously not talking to me. I crossed the finish and as I did there was a girl at my elbow. Then she passed me in the chute, saying "You're hard to catch."

There are no chips at this race; instead you are given a card with the number on it as you exit in order of finish. So this girl got 175 and I got 176. Even though the reverse was the TRUE ORDER. Let the record reflect.

Thanks to Old School for coming out, volunteering, cheering and most of all, taking my picture!

I do believe that BOTH FEET are off the pavement! (Squinting will help you see this.)

And the obligatory butt shot.


Moon said...

Bravo!! Sub-10 min miles is HUGE! Congrats on a great race :)

peter said...

You've come all the way back from when you had to take two months off last spring to be better than ever! Congratulations. And you know what? That's a WNHMQ! (See how many of your readers figure that one out.) So are you going to sign up for the Wirefly National Half Marathon now? Clubs are funny. Before my club 5K race today, the race director announced that anyone who crossed the finish line wearing headphones would be DQed. Asinine.

jeanne said...

I am so IN that half!

Neese said...

WAHOOOOOOOOOOO!!!! OMG that is an excellent race!! Super job Jeanne!! Have a PR party tonight!!! ::happy dance:::

Anonymous said...

yeah!! congrats; what an awesome way to start off the year...

Thomas said...

Looks like 2008 is the year of the new, speedy Jeanne.

That girl was probably sent by that boy from last year to avenge his defeat.

Nancy Toby said...

Congratulations and well done!!!!!!!!!!!

Now there's a whole bunch of 5Ks coming up at which you can shave off that pesky 16 seconds and get a time in the TWENTIES.... :-)

And you're doing the National Half!? Coolness! I'm doing the full! Slowly, of course...

21stCenturyMom said...

CONGRATULATIONS! That is a great, great way to start the year and will serve as a harbinger of great things to come - I just know it!

I went out to take the dog for a walk and then run and I decided it was too cold - 46. I know! I hang my head in the shame of wimpiness.

I did workout to a Firm tape so all was not lost.

Rich said...

Congrats! What a way to start the year!

Cathy... said...

Wow! I am impressed with you! Keep up the great work!!! I've never run below 10 min/miles myself so I know you're feeling pretty wonderful right now! Way to go!!!

susie said...

I am so proud of you. I am so proud of you. I am so proud of you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! What a race:)
Now you've inspired me, for sure. David says congrats too!! What the heck is WNHMQ Peter?????

Anonymous said...

OMG! Congratulations on a speedy start to the New Year! Clearly all your hard work is paying off! -H.

DebbieJRT said...

Way to go!! Congrats on the fantastic time!

David said...

Well, that's flat out amazing. Good for you!

Just goes to show you can do that regularly by going out strong.

Anonymous said...

OMG! OMG! OMG! OMG! Fantastic! Congratulations on your "Wirefly National Half Marathon Qualifier"!!

Cyberpenguin said...

Wow, great job! Running a sub-10-minute mile is a big deal! Congrats!

BTW, I'm also a member of the MCRRC. Just joined! Nice to read about another runner from the local area. ;-)

Happy New Year!

Anapico said...

Congratulations! Outstanding job! You ARE a speedster!

Steve Stenzel said...

NICE JOB!!!!!! Happy new year!!

Dana said...

Congrats on the PR!! That 7 year old has nuthin on you!

Blaine Moore said...

Congratulations! That's good work.

Next time in the finishing chute, don't let anyone pass you and if they do then just push them aside and say, "Excuse me, I believe I finished in front of you."

Triseverance said...

Congrats Jeanne! A new PR is a great way to start off the year.

ItchyBits said...


Susan said...

FABULOUS, Miss Speedster! Way to go!

LBTEPA said...


renae said...

YAHOOO!!! Congratulations!

monicac2 said...


Great job on your PR!!

Old School Runner said...

I'm just glad I was there to record the achievement! Congratulations!

Rainmaker said...

Awesome - congrats! Best way to kick off the new year!

Laurie said...


I am so excited for you :)

Rae said...

Awesome!!!! Way to go on the PR, this is going to be a year of PRs for you!!

Iron Jayhawk said...

Congratulations darlin'!! That's fantastic!!!!!!!!!!

Downhillnut said...

I'm a little late to this party, but WAY TO GO! PRs always taste better when you get to break a numeric threshold like that. Very entertaining narration of the whole thing, too.