The LungStrong 15k race morning arrived clear and cool. In fact, it was probably the coolest morning since I ran the Shamrock run in the spring.
Megan, Ben, Mike, and I headed out for a few warm miles. Megan and Mike looked fast. They seem to be bouncing along during the warm up. On the other hand, I felt like I was running through sand.
As the start neared all of the usual suspects were at the starting line. I spotted Steve Spada warming up and he looked fit as usual.
The first mile was unusually slow. Steve and I seemed to always be locked together. We covered the first mile in just over 6 minutes.
This was little slower that I wanted to run so I started to slowly pick up the pace. Reflecting back on it, I probably should have waited a few more miles before trying to push it.
Mike B. was long gone by 3 miles.
I kept pushing the pace through 4 miles and caught up to Paul M. and another guy running with him.
I worked my way by Paul. He was having some foot issues so he wasn't his usual fast self.
Miles 4, 5, and 6, I pushed the pace along. But once I hit miles 7, 8, and 9 mile legs started tightening up. My legs just weren't ready to handle this type of workload after the 50k last weekend.
I knew Steve would be close behind and probably gaining all the time.
When I hit the 9 mile, I really picked up the pace and pushed it to the end. I ended up being on a few seconds in front of Steve and Chazz Hinkle.
After the race Ben, Megan, Jocelyn, Mike and I did another 5 miles warm down.
We then headed over the awards. I picked up a $50 dollar gift certificate to RFYL and a medal for being the 1st Male Masters run.
Mike finished 5th overall and ran a great time. Megan was equally fast and won the womens race.
So now tonight, I am taking a deep breath. The RFYL GP series for 2008 is behind me. Based on my calculations I finished 3 overall in the standings but we have to wait on Tim's calculations.
The mental and physical fatigue from marathon training and my heavy racing schedule has has a toll on me. The OBX marathon is just over 3 weeks away which is a good thing for me. Both mentally and phyically I need some recovery time so I can bounce back and be strong.
That's a wrap for now.