Another great run, as over 100 runners toed the line near the
I replied “I don’t know, I’m just along for the ride:”
He carried me on his back from mile 5 all the way to the end of his day at the half-marathon(I am sure he has a bright running future ahead of him). That was around 2:50 into the race and I wasn’t sure how much longer I could keep running with the way my legs felt. As the little man left me, I hooked on to a group of three running friends, knowing that if I didn’t start following someone at this point, the way I was feeling I would end up walking by mile 20. I think I followed this group to the 18 mile mark, then I got my second wind (or I guess it was my first wind, because I was feeling better than at the start.) I hit a grove and turned on the gas. As I hit the aid station in the middle of the 8 mile loop I knew that I had a good chance at coming under 7 hours if I just kept a 14 minute pace, which wasn’t a gimmie with the hills and the condition of this course. I blazed through the start/finish aid station ready to attack the final 5 mile loop (of course blazing for me at this point was about 11 min. per mile.) The last five miles went well, and I was even able to catch up to the women ahead of me in the last few hundred yards of the race, finishing in a time of 6:25, matching my time from the 50k two weeks ago in Yermo, CA. I was happy with my time, and quite surprised. After the first 5 mile loop I had pretty much written this day of, but was encouraged by my ability to recover. This was a great run, with great volunteers and runners alike!