We met at 6:15am at the Harris Teeter that was near the first exchange there at Queens and Providence. Everyone slowly gathered. There were two EPT teams this year, plus Jeremy who was running the full monty. People got coffee and/or used the facility. We eventually figured out who was going where and piled into the cars. We left the parking lot around 6:45am.
|And we got more rhymes than your whole damn crew|
|Chillin' at Einstein Bagels|
|Karen to Jen|
|Laurent to Laura|
I actually felt better than I had expected. I was thinking it would be pretty ugly since I had only run 3 times since Augusta. But I came through that first downhill mile only 5-6 seconds slower than last year. I figured that my stamina would not be there as the miles (and hills) wore on.
So the miles and hills kept coming. When I came through miles 3 and 4 and split 6:41 and 6:31, I was pretty happy. Like I said, I felt a lot better than I thought. Unfortunately this course is the same as last year with that crap last mile.
You still finish with a perfectly straight last mile on Stonewall. Slightly uphill, against the wind. It just zaps you. I fought back and forth with a marathoner and he was hanging pretty tough. I was impressed. Then some official on a motorcycle rode alongside me for 3/4 of a mile. Not sure what that was about. I felt good at the last turn and tried to kick it in. I gave Hugo a big double high five after I crossed the finish line.
Steve 4.2 miles in 26:35 for a 6:19.8 average
Karen 5.8 miles in 39:13 for a 6:45.7 average
Jen 5 miles in 38:05 for a 7:37.0 average
Carolann 5 miles in 38:19 for a 7:39.8 average
Me 6.2 miles in 41:36 for a 6:42.6 average
|Cheerleading Gone Wrong|
|The "World Championship" Crew|