I was really ready to race again. I got up this morning and dressed for what I thought would be a cool but mild day. Wrong, it was cold and windy this morning at the lake. I had on shorts and took a very light jacket that I hadn't planned on racing in.
I kept the jacket on for the start and ran for about 2 miles in it until we got back to the start area, and I threw it to a lady standing on the side lines.
I decided I wasn't going to try and P R for this race, but that I would start out easy, and see how things went, especially since we would start into the wind. I did that, and at the first turn around I started to pick things up a bit. I didn't see any of my main rivals, but there are a couple that I don't know by sight. I started passing runners, and saw a guy that runs close to my pace. I caught him and passed him just before the turn around that sent us back into the wind. He doesn't like me to beat him, so I figured he'd pass me again. I heard him right behind me and he did pass me beside the lake. This didn't bother me since he is 28 and I figured I'd draft him for awhile but not let him get away from me. There was one guy up ahead that I thought might be in my age group, and after reading the results, I see that he was. So I'm glad I passed him before the finish. I finished fairly strong and wasn't upset that my time, 36:32 was a little slower than I'd like, but it was about 20 seconds faster than last year. Overall I felt pretty good during this race, I had ups and downs, but no serious downs. My hamstrings are a little sore right now, but that's not bad.
Tomorrow I plan to run an easy 14 with the running club, and then a week from today, Saturday March 22, is my 50 mile race.