Saturday, February 25, 2012
We took off quickly at the gun and I hung back, doing a 10:30 mile split to warm up. I was surprised how quickly the pack strung out and by mile 2, everyone was fairly scattered. The course started out flat and got hillier on the return, alternating between fire roads and single track. I really felt great and picked up the pace, dropping to 8:39 for a long time. The last 1/2 mile got a bit tougher but I finished strong with a final time of 58:00 with 9:15 mile splits average. This was good enough for fourth out of seven in my age group. No injury problems at all which was partly due to my stretching and cycling warm up before the start. I did run into Laura, my therapist from Florida Hospital, and her husband Jim.