|First Trip to SPHS|
|Look! My name (as an afterthought) on a Sign!|
He caught me just after the 6 mile mark. We had a short conversation and I hung with him for a half a mile. He threw in a surge and I kinda let him go. I split a 6:02 to mile 7 and he put 30 yards on me! So I pretty much relegated myself to 2nd place at that point.
As I came to the final turn back onto the high school campus I wasn't sure exactly where to turn. This high school volunteer kid was at the corner. Just a small piece of advice here: If a runner is coming towards you with his arms held out yelling 'Which way! Which Way!", don't just blankly stare at him for like 20 seconds straight. So then this lady told me to turn here, so I did. As it ends up I slightly cut the course:
The course was pretty well marked with signs or big orange arrows at the turns. All the turns and crossings were manned but they weren't really giving directions. I guess there were just there to yell at you if you made a wrong turn. It was kinda lonely out there but that helped me concentrate on my pace.
|Fun Finish on the Track|
This race only awarded the overall winner, so I missed out on that. But they did have an Overall Male Masters award, so I landed that instead. It was a nice glass award, plus a $100 Visa card, which is as good as cash! Not bad, really.
This was the first race where I got to wear my Big Sexy Racing team gear. The Champion Systems running singlet fits perfectly and was super comfortable. Felt perfect during the race. Now that I've gotten old I do all my long runs in tri shorts too. The Champion tri shorts worked out great there as well.
So it felt good to race and open Half and see what I could do. I hadn't raced one in probably 8 or 9 years. I was happy to finish with a 6:12 average with all those hills in the last 4 miles. I would have liked to gotten the win, but you never know who will show up on game day. Besides, I have my sites set on bigger things this year. Full results on the race can be found here. Less than 2 weeks to my first triathlon at Try Charleston!