I ran the Thirteenpointone HM today, still one of the toughest races around. Smaller crowd but great weather. Came down to a race between Pat B. and I again.
2 mile warmup, feeling ok (hammy talking) but gut doing ok (I did not want a repeat of last year).
At the gun, it was Pat and I. I went out easy and stayed within about 2-3 seconds of Pat for the first 3 flat miles. Then the uphill...1200 feet in 2.5 miles. I walked a couple of times just to save energy and wear on my legs (nearly as fast as trying to run). Pat beat me to the top by about 30 seconds (KOM!) at 5.5 miles, but I quickly started to reel him in on the downhill and by mile 8.5 I caught and passed him. He picked it back up on the rollers and then at mile 10 my hammystring tendonitis kicked in and my left leg kinda went numb and I slowed just enough for him to catch and pass me (it was a race between two old crippled guys and whose injury would surface first, my hammy or his calf...I lost!). I stayed within about 10-20 seconds for the next few miles then tried to push and closed the gap a bit but Pat is strong and held on for the win by 10 seconds. (Fastwitch 6)
Nice smaller race with a VERY tough hill...still think I should have stayed in bed instead!
Overall by Age graded results for this race. Pat B at 80%, me at 78% then Lynette at 75%. Jeremy, Tim and Ron all ran well too.
Now for a full day at church while Kami and friends go to Jackson to cheer on friends at the finish for LOTOJA.