Being in the middle of a training build / block for Boston, I wasn't expecting anything incredible but I wanted to see where my fitness was at. There was a strong field and I had run the first 3 miles of the course during my warm up so I knew the first two miles had some downhills and were going to be FAST. I lined up near the front and we were off.
|Relaxed and smiling at the start!|
|I was definitely pushing it, not pretty but man was I shooting to break 27!|
I turned the corner to the finish and got my first glimpse of the clock. 26:high. I knew I would be close to breaking 27, but it wasn't to be. 27:02 for 10th overall and 2nd in the 35-39 AG. My previous race on this course had me at 27:27, so I took a good 25 seconds off my time!
By this point it was beautiful outside, and I had to run because Lauren wanted to get a run in before our day "started". It was a GREAT race, very well organized, indoor registration and what appeared to be sufficient restrooms. I didn't get to stay for the post race food, but I heard great things about that.
After an awesome boys day with my son Joshua and my dad at Motorama, I was pooped and ready for bed. We had a great group run on Sunday morning from a friend's place. Six of us were greeted to some great weather, getting a long run of 21 miles in. I expected to feel pretty crappy, but I was surprised to have some great legs under me, those recovery weeks really do work!
So my week ended up at 71 miles at 7:07 average pace. Next week is the Ugly Mudder trail race in Reading. I signed up for it to get some trail experience for the HAT50K in March. I probably won't adjust my plans too much, do a long run on Saturday and see what I have left for the race on Sunday.