12.65 Miles 1:56:08
17th Overall 3rd Master 1st Age Group 40-44
7:00 am) sunny warm becoming hot by the finish
Had a good day. Very happy with the outcome. I had no goals or
expectations going into this race. This was probably a good
thing as I didn't have a lot of pressure on me. I ran a smart
race as I didn't go out too hard and end up crashing. I was
passing runners the whole way up to Barr Camp. I think only 1
runner passed me. I didn't run all of it but more than I have
done in training. I would power hike the steeper stuff and I
found that I would lose no distance on the runners that would
try to run these sections. I think I'm a pretty good hiker.
When I got to Barr Camp the turnaround I was in 20th position
and my time was 1:13:XX. This is when I got concerned I'm not
very confident in my downhill running as both times I have done
Pikes Peak Marathon it's been my weakness. My thought was just
try to not get passed. Well I ended up feeling great on the down
and held my own. I wasn't getting passed. Then with less than
2 miles to go I saw a runner in front of me. Well this was very
encouraging. I actually could pass a runner on the down. It
didn't take long and I caught him and passed him quickly. I
figured that would be the end of me passing anyone for the day.
Well in the last mile I could see 2 more runners ahead of me.
I decided to go for it and see if I could catch them.
Within the last half mile I caught both of them and passed them.
I finished 17th passing 3 runners on the down! I later found out
the one runner I passed was 41 years old! So good thing for me I
pushed hard all the way to the finish. I ended up winning my age
group since the 2 master runners that beat me where older than 44.
So as far as swag goes I got $50.00 for 3rd master and for winning
my age group I got a certificate good for one pair of Inov8 shoes.
Not a bad day at all. By the way this is the first time I have
ever received any money from a race.
Next up Pikes Peak Marathon August 22. Can't wait! I think this
year I will break 5 hours.
Picture below is myself and the other 2 master winners. I'm the
young one. They are both older than me and very talented runners.
Post race went to Sean's house and enjoyed a BBQ with him any
many others including GZ. Fun times!