My race was decent. I missed my goal time of 1:24 – finishing with a 1:26:08.
My race started off okay. The early and middle miles were decent. There was a nasty neighborhood hill about 5 miles which I struggled to the top. Fortunately, the downhill side was long enough that I could make-up the lost distance. I stayed close to my target until about 9 or 10 miles. Then, my legs just wouldn’t respond any more and my pace slipped to 6:35 miles.
Running local races is always awesome because they are a lot friendly faces. Along the course, Tom, Mo, Donny, and few others were shouting out encouragement.
I got a chance to race against Carolyn and Brian. Brian, who I have not seen in a couple years, was sporting a nice ginger beard. I thought he might close in me after the turn around because he looked so strong. Carolyn on the other was passed my somewhere between 8 and 10 miles. She looked very smooth and strong and was eating up those closing greenway miles.
Then, there were my Skecher buddies: Chris and Glenn. Chris coming off a ½ marathon last weekend in NY opted for the 8k and huge lead the last saw him. Glen was out knocking off a solid ½ marathon.
Our Charlotte Running Company Hoka made its present known. Bert had a solid lead at the turn around and when on to beat Matt by a couple of minutes in the 1/2. Big congrats to Bert for a great effort.
Oh, I guess I should get back to my race.
Miles 11 and 12 came and went at 6:35 pace but my legs gave up while climbing up Johnston Road and then Community House Rd.
All things given, my time and race were okay. I finished 10th overall and won my age group.
I wish hamstring healed as fast as other muscles but they don’t. Well, they don’t if you don’t rest it. To some extent, I am as much a part of the problem as I am part of the solution.
Just need to stick with the plan.
Cool Down Runner