This was also the second time my son and I have run a race together. This one ended up being very special. The weather was pretty nice for a race. A bit on the chilly side, but not at all cold. I prefer it being this way when racing. It usually doesn't take long to warm up. By the time I finished my mile warm up, I was ready to go.
They had a good turn out as usual. Probably around 400 runners and walker. There were a number of the usual folks and it's always nice to see them on race day. The Runyon's, Aaron and Jeannie where there along with a few of my special DM friends, Kimberly Cothern, Nergis Demirbilek and Lisa Fairbanks. Another one of them was my friend Andrea Moore. Andrea has a pretty good pace, so I was set on pacing with her. I knew this time that my son Andrew was gonna be on his own and that dad was 'racing' this one! lol
The race got off on time and I initially settled in behind Andrea! Now I guess I need to maybe clarify why I was gonna 'settle' in behind Andrea. Lately, I have been struggling with my endurance. I haven't been able to hold my pace throughout my races. So I figured that if I hung with Andrea, that it would force me to hold my pace. So, that's what I was going to try to do.
After moving in and out of the crowd and around the around the kids, I was feeling pretty good. I looked at my Garmin and we were running at around a 7:30 pace. A bit fast for me, at least lately anyways, but I seemed to be handling it ok. Probably around 1/2 mile, I started to realize I was feeling pretty good. I had moved to the left of Andrea to avoid some slower runners and then I just let my pace speak for itself. I pushed on. I was actually feeling pretty damn good. But could I hold it?
This course has a few small but significant hills between mile 1.5 and 2.5. Nothing really big, but enough to make you work for it. Even so, I was able to hold a pretty good pace. With just under a mile to go, I found myself running side by side with another runner. The pace was pretty strong and together, he and keep each other motivated. When he would slow down a bit, I'd push him forward and when I would, he would do the same.
I saw Andrew after making the last turn and he was running strong. Not far behind me at all. I saw Andrea too and she was running good also. With about 1/2 mile to go, I heard these footsteps behind me and then this lady pushing past us. She was saying "come on guys, you can do it!" and off she went. I put my head down and along with the other runner, we pushed our way to the finish line.
When I saw the clock at the finish, it was still under 24 minutes. I sprinted as fast as I could, but I ended up coming in at 24:05. I just missed a sub-24. Those damn hills! LOL
2 minutes after I crossed the finish line, along came Andrew. He was sprinting with one of my running friends, Pat Roberts, to the finish. He narrowly beat him to finish at 26:06. Not a bad time at all considering the course.
Well, that pretty much wraps up this race recap. As always my friends, remember, "Real athletes run, all other just play games"!