Last year I posted a time good enough for 2nd pace in my AG. I wasn't sure how I would do this year. You all know I have had some issues regarding my recent races and my times. However, over the past couple of races my times have started to come around. I know, I know, you all keep telling me it's the summer heat and just like every year, you are right. When the temps start getting cooler, the times start getting better.
This race was awesome. It actually didn't start off that way though. After I got there and got my race packet, I was getting ready for my warm up mile and when I put my Garmin on, the dang thing would not power on. Needless to say I was torqued. I have come to 'need' my Garmin. Anyway, I headed out on my warm up and made my way to the start. This race usually has a good turn out and this year was no exception.
I had told myself that I was going to push the pace a bit on this race and see if I could break the 25 minute time I had set the last couple of races. Without my Garmin, I wasn't sure how I was going to watch my pace. I figured I just 'feel' my way along.
One thing I did make sure of this time was to get closer to the front of the pack. If you remember, at my last race I was hindered by a bunch of young kids at the start. There are a couple of hills on this race and one steady uphill in the first mile. I looked at the runners around me and was able to keep a pretty fast and steady pace. I could tell I was pushing it, yet I wasn't over-pushing it if you know what I mean.
|Sprinting to the finish!|
As I said, this was a great race. My time was good enough for 2nd place in my age group for a second year in a row. Ya me! LOL
|2nd Place AG|
The race was a success for the local parks as well as I just read they raised over $18,000! I can't wait to do this race again in the many years to come.
As always, remember, "Real athletes run, others just play games!"