This was my first race since I started to seriously train for Madison. I was a little anxious about it, after all I am in the best shape of my life since early HS and I am running ~32 mpw, if I don't see improvement I will be quite disappointed. The weather was a lot warmer than it has been here lately. 22F/ 11WC/ SW13mph. The sun is shining and most of the race takes place in a park so we are shielded from the wind. This race starts on top of a little hill and also finishes in the same spot. My first mile I was cruising along (I have a tendency to jack rabbit start most races) and clocked in a 7:32. I though this may be a little fast so I slowed down and ran at a comfortable pace. I clocked my second mile at 15:06. 8O not much slower but I was feeling very strong at this point. A few people had pasted me up to this point and I didn t want that to keep happening. On our way to the 3rd mile marker we ran across a suspension bridge and that was a different feeling. Mile 3 I clocked 22:50. I slowed down a little but wasn t too concerned at this point, after all I still had to finish up the hill. At this point I started to pass people. (I really like that part ) The 4th mile was all against the wind. I crossed at 30:40. Only 1 more to go so I hunkered down , my legs were starting to feel a little heavy at this point but I just smiled and had at it. At about the 4.5 mark this guy came up to pass me. I looked at him and said I guess it is you and I to the finish. He said he could deal with that. We ran together for the next .3 of a mile and then he pulled away. In the process we passed a group of 4 other people. I made the finish line at 38:05. That is a PR by 2:07 minutes. I was pleased as punch. I am now so pumped about my training, this is the mid winter boost I needed to keep going.
Readers digest version. 8km 38:05 PR by 2:07minutes