Sunday, March 9, 2014
South Kingstown, RI
1:21:16, 6:13 pace. 6th overall out of 487, 1st in age group. PR! Full results here.
|The crew on the frigid wait for the bus to the start.|
Miles 1 - 3: The Crabman run route. Pretty aggressive miles at 6:04, 6:07, 6:09. FiveK was leading a pack of about six through this section. At turn around points, I could see Seth and Jeff D just behind me, with Mike B and Shara just a bit further back.
Miles 4 - 10: Long, lonely stretch. Three miles out to Green Hill Road, and then three miles in Green Hill neighborhood. In mile 4, I caught up to and passed one guy for the only runner encounter I would have on the remainder of the course; good thing I caught him as it turned out he was in my age group. At about mile 5, Chris Garvin and family were a welcome temporary distraction on Matunuck Schoolhouse Road. Miles 8 - 10 wind through Green Hill, with some beautiful sights of the ocean, before headed back out to the main road, Matunuck Schoolhouse Road. I really got off pace here, between going into the slight wind, minor hills, and just losing focus. I had a 6:08 and a 6:09 mixed in here, but the rest of the miles were varying 6:16 to 6:21, with the slowest mile on mile 10 going into the wind on Green Hill Road at 6:26.
|Mile 7 in Green Hill Beach|
(Photo by Seth's family)
|Mile 12 - picking up the pace to finish with a PR!|
(Photo by Chris Garvin)
Went on a cooldown with Jeff Duda, only to have him bail on me after 1/4 mile. Circled back and picked up Seth, Mike B, and FiveK, but when I looked back, the latter two had long bailed on me as well. Why is everyone bailing on warm-ups / cool-downs with me? Something I said? A BO issue? Came back, and caught up with Matthew, who wasn't happy with his time in the 5K, but still managed to win his age group, and then pigged out multiple times on the awesome spread. Great day overall!
|On the podium for my age group, moments before|
Mike B joined me on the podium for a man-hug Chris Garvin style.
(Photo by Mike B)