Gavin had a nice showing and finished 2nd overall in 6:25. Samson ran 11:28 and showed some real heart running most of the race and then finishing hard with a little moral support from my wife and his older brother. This was Samson's first road race.
Gavin will start his track practices with a local club here next week. Lately he's just been running easy 2 or 3 times per week.
It was great that I could watch my boys run at 8:30 AM while I warmed up for my 9AM start time. I'm very proud of them both!
|This is Samson in blue finishing hard. Gavin finished his race and then turned around to encourage little brother.|
|Samson strides to the finish in 11:38.|
As far as my race goes, it was my first road race of the year and I treated it more like a tempo run. I had a conservative goal of just breaking 60 minutes going in and I was glad to reach that goal with a 9th place finish in 59:08. Not a fast time by any means, but considering my lack of speed and tempo work so far this year, it was about what I expected. I clearly need to do some speedier workouts in the next 5 weeks leading up the the Lincoln Marathon in early May.
|This is the race start with Kaemmer , Wolford and Wandzilak (left to right) leading the way early.|
|The best side of Kostelnick (black arm sleeves), Regnier (black gloves) and myself (orange hat) in the first 100 meters.|
I got out in the 5:35 range for the first mile which put me in about 6th or 7th place. Regnier was feeling good and decided to move up after about a mile leaving me, Kostelnick and Woods to run together. Regnier ended up third, representing our crew well.
My first 4 miles were all in the 5:30's and then I decided to back off just before the 5 mile turnaround, letting Kostelnick and Tom Woods pull away from me just before the tunnel at about mile 4.5. I was feeling some tightness in my hammy (despite wearing pants in attempts to keep it warm) and decided it would be smarter to back off. I ran closer to 6 minute pace the next few miles. I dropped back down to 5:50 for my final mile. I felt pretty comfortable the whole way, hopefully meaning I have more in the tank than I showed!
|This is my finish, in all its Google-enhanced glory.|
It was encouraging when I woke up on Sunday and didn't really have the sore calves that I would normally have after a race like this. And my hamstring also felt pretty good. I hit another 25 miler on Sunday to make it a 45 mile weekend. I'm not sure if all these long runs will translate to marathon success this spring, but we'll see what happens. In my mind, I don't really have a goal race yet for this year. I am doing what I can to be ready for Lincoln but I feel like it's an early marathon and I won't be in top condition quite in time. Hopefully I round into shape in the next few weeks.
In any case, I do hope to find an event on the trail in the 50k to 50 mile range in late May or June to make a goal race. This is my Ultra Year, after all.