Really, wasn't feeling up for this race. I had a rough night sleeping and was a little tired and sick from doing a lot of yard work yesterday afternoon and then doing an 8 mile run late last night. When I woke up and heard it was raining I thought that would be a good enough excuse to miss the race. However, since I had paid the entry fee already, I forced myself to get out of bed and made it over to the race.
I did an easy 2 mile warm-up with Austin, a little bit with Bill and Steve
1-5:51 Feeling pretty good. Austin took off from the start, which I figured he would. Steve and I were running together.
2-5:35 Another good mile
3-6:05 A short hill in this section. Steve put about 5 seconds on me here
4-6:15 Start of the big hill, not really feeling like I'm in a race
5-6:53 This is the most difficult part of this race, pretty much uphill the entire mile.
6-6:21 Just cruising along. Steve is about 20 seconds ahead, but at this point I have no real desire to try to push the pace and catch him
Overall 37:42 (6:04 average) 3rd overall and second age group.
I wasn't disappointed with my time or place, but I really didn't feel like it was my best effort either. Anyway it was good to get in some quicker miles.
1 mile walk/jog cool down
One nice thing about the blog is I can go back and read my race reports from previous years. I didn't run this race last year because I was injured, but in 2007 I ran 37:34 with much better weather. Interesting my race, splits and attitude were all about the same in 2007.
2006 ran 38:40. so still a minute faster this year and I didn't even feel good.
Went out tonight and did 4 easy miles to put me right at 60 for the week. My body is telling me 60 miles a week right now is enough. I've really been bothered with hip/groin/SI joint problems again. Hopefully, some stretching tonight and tomorrow plus a day of rest will help. Ran in the new Speedstars tonight, they felt pretty good.