Sunday, April 28, 2013
17:54. Average pace 5:46. 6th overall, 2nd in age group. Full results here.
Only my second time running this race, but one of my favorites. It's a real shotgun start by a trooper, the course is relatively flat and right along the shore, and it's a party atmosphere with a barbeque beach-side afterwards.
Went out for a warm-up run with much of the WTAC crew, ran a few local trails, and lined up in the 2nd row. The gun went off, and I took it out pretty hard. At the first turn about 1/4 mile in, Muddy passed me and I was probably about 10th. I went through the first mile in 5:36.
My second mile was slower as usual. There was a small but gradual incline on Boone Street, and I could feel myself slowing down, as I finished the 2nd mile in 5:52.
|Two guys are right on my heels at finish,|
hunting down the gazelle
|Their maneuvers FAILED!|
It turns out to be a teen and 20-something, but I was able to hold off both of them.
Mile 3 was downhill to the water and a flat finish back. I was able to pick it up here and pass about 3 runners. Passing the 3 mile mark (5:39 split), I could hear a runner bearing down on me. Fearful of a repeat of last year when I got passed at the very end to end up in 4th in my age group, I sprinted it in and ended up just ahead of my pursuers, who ended up being two runners chasing me down, but neither in my age group anyway.
|Cool down with the gang|
17:54 final finish. I had hoped for faster, but looking back, this was 27 seconds faster than my finish last year, so I'm happy with that. Even happier for my WTAC teammates, including:
- Tom, overall winner in 16:55! Redeemed from last year when he placed 3rd and got nothing for it.
- Muddy, taking 3rd place.
- Mike B, back from injuries.
- Mike C, got to see him just alive after previous day's TARC issues.
- John, winning his age group.
- Matthew, with a HUGE PR! Last year at this race, he PR'd in 21 flat. This year destroyed it in 19:21!
|Age group award|