Preview of the three of us can be found in the last post.
|I apologize for the fuzzy pics. I guess I shouldn't clean the lens with steel wool.|
I got to the race start area nice and early. Which gave me plenty of time to register, visit the port-a-potty, and do some nervous stretching while waiting for the race start.
|The nervous waiting.|
As the time got close to the race start the race director put out a few notes about the course and than at 7:30am he sounded the air horn and we were off. The temperature was already in the 70's so I knew that it was going to be a hot race.
The three of us started off running together and I don't know if it was our adrenaline or excitement but we were running way too fast. After a half mile the Warrior smartly started dropping back. The Spartan kept with me and so I decided to risk keeping up this fast pace and try to beat him mentally. I just kept hiding how bad I was hurting and at about mile 1.5 he dropped back. I celebrated a little inside because my gamble had worked. I slowed the pace a little but I had to keep up the illusion that I was running stronger than I was a little longer.
At about mile 2.5 I stopped to walk through a water station. I grabbed 2 cups of water and I poured one on my head and drank the other. I wanted to look back to see where my Brothers were but I decided against it. If they were close, than I would run faster than I should. If they were far back I might start running slower than what I wanted. So without looking back, I quickly left the aid station and settled into a good pace.
At about the 4.5 mile mark was the next water station. I was running a good pace but this aid station could not come fast enough. I was starting to regret not bringing my handheld water bottle on this hot day. I again stopped to walk through this water station. My legs were burning and definitely were mad at me for not doing any speed workouts. I again drank and doused myself with some water and was quickly back to running.
I turned the final corner and could finally see the finish. I could hear Mrs. Speedypants cheering for me and I was able to turn up the pace and finish strong. I got some water and than waited for my Brothers to finish. I really didn't know who would finish next. Soon enough though The Spartan turned the corner and in his style sprinted the last quarter mile at a blistering pace. Than shortly after, The Warrior came around the corner and finished.
Official Time: 49:30
Overall Place: 18 out of 82
Age Group Place: 2nd
|Spartan had too much energy at the end.|
Official Time: 59:52
Overall Place: 31 out of 82
Age Group Place: Did not place
|The Warrior finishes slow and steady.|
Official Time: 1:00:28
Overall Place: 33 out of 82
Age Group Place: Did not place
I got 2nd in my age group and I finished with a PR!
|I am signifying that I was second, have I mentioned before how awkward I am with my pic being taken.|
We had a lot of fun racing each other. I am sure I have a target on my back now and I will gladly defend my title. Now, I just have to create a trophy to commemorate the day that I became Champion.