Mike usually makes the long solo trip down to Charlotte for his long runs with us so when he asked if anyone was willing to come out the Concord way, I said "yes". We met next to Star Bucks' near downtown Concord. Personally, I think Mike does this so he has a carrot to finish his runs out quickly.
I rolled into the parking lot just before 6 am and we rolling out shortly thereafter. Mike knows all of the back roads and water stops. He even plans a restroom break along the course. The first half is tough but the 2nd made up for it.
We cruised through the first 10 miles in a little over 81 minutes and pulled it back over the 2nd half of the course with a 75 minute effort. We finished overall with a 2:36 effort. In my opinion, this was a nice effort for a warm August Sunday morning run.
I just wanted to pass this along because if you get a chance, head up Mike's way for an early morning tour of Concord. Definitely, it is worth the drive.
Thoughts from the Cool Down Runner