Drove up to Ashton, ID starting at 5am to run the Mesa Falls Half. Hung out with Chris, Fran and Roger at the school and on the bus before the start. At the start on the front line was Ryan and Sara Hall, BJ Christensen, me and a few others. My goals for this race: have fun and not have my hammy blow up on me. I took the first half really conservative down the hill and to the campground and back up to the top. Ran with Brandon (great kid, nice to have the company). We hit the halfway point at around 43+ minutes and my hammy was doing good. I could feel it but it was not limiting me. On the rollers I started to pick it up and ran solidly in the 6:00-6:15 pace the rest of the way. I separated from Brandon around mile 10 and kept pushing to finish in just over 1:24 for a negative split on the course. Slower but I will take it on this tough course, no leg issues and had a fun time. I finished behind Sara and Ryan Hall, BJ, Erika (OT steeplechase participant) and one other guy...not bad for a gimpy old guy. Splits: 5:55, 6:18, 6:21, 6:24, 6:43, 7:06, 6:43, 6:12, 6:00, 6:07, 6:22, 6:23, 6;11, 1:20 (0.21M). (Tangent)
Congrats to Gray and Lynette on the win in the full marathon!