We woke up this morning at about 7:15 AM and drove to the park. Lynn’s race started at 8:30 AM. I spent about 15 minutes trying to figure out what to do with Lynn’s iPod and phone. When my family showed up and I gave them the extra stuff I didn’t want to run with, I only had a few minutes to stretch and get ready.
Dad, Alana, Courtney, Patrick, Lindsay and Tim and me lined up and the race started.
The first few miles came and went without much incident. I lost sight of my family within less than a minute. It was pretty obvious how this race was going to go.
At mile 4 (39 minutes into the race), I felt my first physical symptom of problems. My right IT Band felt tight and a little painful. I found a tree and stretched it out the way that Lynn showed me a couple of weeks ago. It hurt when I did, because I stretched it out pretty deeply. But the good news is, that the pain went away for a few more miles after that.
A few minutes after that, I noticed that my right inside of the top of my foot was getting a blister. So I stopped and re-tied my shoe so that it wouldn’t slip so bad. That seemed to make things bearable until the end of the race.
I managed to keep a somewhat consistant pace of about 9 minute-miles, so that helped. But as I got closer to the end of the race, my time slipped and I had to walk a bit, since my IT Band was flaring back up. I stretched a few more times on the course and pushed through to the end.
In the end, my time was 2:11:11. My original goal was to finish in 2.5 hours, which I obviously reached. I finished the race without injury or major problems. I was exhausted for the last 30 minutes of the race, but increased this years’ longest run by 4 miles in this race. So I was happy with the overall results.
My sister and soon-to-be brother in law both won the men’s and women’s divisions. My other brother, Courtney took second in his age group. My dad took second in his age group. My buddy, Tim, took 10th overall. So for those whom I know, this race seems to have been pretty successful.