Thus, there should be very little surprise when I loaded up my racing flats and headed off early Saturday morning to Stanley County.
The course has not changed since I first ran here back in ’07. Even if Peter didn’t mark the course, I would know it by heart.
There is a nasty hill around the first mile and then another about two and half miles into the race. Last year, I was lucky enough to bring home the win in 17:52.
I was hoping to do the same this year, but I also had to be honest with myself. My plate had been full in the week leading up to this race, and I had just raced 12 hours before.
Seth and I got out together and soon passed all of the other runners. On the first nasty hill, Seth opened a small gap on me. I was able to pull it back once we topped the hill. I kept pushing things until we hit the second nasty little hill. If there was anywhere for Seth to make a move, this would be it.
We are about ¾ of the way up the hill, and Seth makes a strong move. My legs were spent. The effort was just not in me to match his surge. He opens a gap as we crest the top of the hill. I try catching up on the downhill side but the gap is just too big and we are too evenly matched. Seth wins in 17:47 to my 17:52.
This was a nice win for him. I know he has been working hard to improve and his efforts were reward nicely on Saturday morning.
I was also pretty happy with my run. I had finished second overall, and I also won the RRCA Masters 5k Championship. This was a nice little perk for all my efforts.
Peter, Vac & Dash, as well as all of the Uwharrie Running Club deserve a huge “Shout Out” for their efforts. A well run and well organized race is what draws runners back year after year. I look forward to many more Beach Blast 5ks for years to come.
Sharing one thought at time,
The Cool Down Runner