Rock-n-roll, caffeine, and peppermint. ;-) Works for me.
Got to the race about 50 minutes early. Said, “Hey ya,” to Suzie (Got guns?) Montoya, and then just chilled in the car.
Morning breakfast: Had my race day coffee, Nutri-grain bar, threw in a double espresso at the lake front, snacked on a peppermint candy cane just prior to race start.
I spent the prerace warming up to some old time favorites, Jimi Hendrix, Ted Nugent, Ugly Kid Joe... LOUD! ;-)
Legs were feeling good, mind was right, temps were right, good day to run. I went with no hrt mon today, I new what my hrt would be. I was determined to make this race as short as possible.
I recognized a particular HoCo Strider member who had my number on some local 10Ks and the Club 10 Miler. I decided I would pace off of him for as long as possible then just hang on the rest of the way.
First mile was 6:29. It was a good pace. I was stuck to my pacer with hardly an arm’s length between us. It seemed he slowed, so leached a ride from some young dude at about 1.5 miles.
Second mile was 6:21. So far so good. It seemed my second pacer now slowed. I was on my own in no man’s land for miles 3 and 4 Third miles was 6:31. Fourth mile (HILLS) 6:48. My second pace buddy passed me again and I held onto him for about 3 seconds. ;-) He had a burst that put him 50 feet ahead, that ‘s the end of that ride. On my own again.
Fifth mile was 6:44, more hills, but my speed was coming back.
Last mile, I’m giving it all I had. I couldn’t get any more turnover 6:34. 2 maybe 3 people passed me in the last mile….nothing I could do…hate that feeling.
My clock time was 40:47, Gun time was 40:57. Good PR for me, but next year this race is on my list for 39 or lower!
Heather, Deano, Walt, Pat, Jan Orlick, Greg, Wendy O, Kim S., Todd and Amy,………….the MMTC list goes on sorry if I missed anyone… Great post race food as always!
Amazing 11 year old from Annapolis finish in 41:18! WOW….11 years old, and this race is not easy! WOW.