I finished in 1:17:50 (1:17:36 on my watch) in 3rd place...officially. Rode the bus to the start with Jeff Fogg, then saw lots of friends and other runners I know. Bumped into Rob Murphy and Rob Rohde and got the start. This was either going to be a hard fast day or an easy fun day. The lack of any real training since St. George ended up making my decision for me.
Started off fast and felt good through 4 miles, then my left hammy and glute and lower back started to lock up. Mile 5 was a transition, then from 6 on I felt the issues were not going to let me run fast so I went into cruise mode for the rest of the race. Rob M. passed by me running great at 6 miles and was moving out. If I had seen Rachelle driving again after about mile 9 I would have asked for a ride (my hammy and back were on fire!). At around 11 miles, Rob R. passed me as I was just running easy, then John Taberna as well. Oh well, just one of those days! At 12 miles I start to push a bit to catch Rob and John and we all finish within about 13 seconds of each other. Since I stuck in it, I wish I would have pushed harder for the 15 seconds, but once you are out of race mode it is hard to dig deep. To our surprise, Rob Murphy missed the one and only turn on the race and ended up doing and extra mile and finished 4th...a real bummer as he was tearing it up.
Stuck around to see friends, run a buddy in, eat some food and talk and get the award for 3rd place. Now off to home for chores and seeing the band that played at Kami's birthday party this summer at a local restaurant. My left leg is really sore...hammy and lower back are killing me!
Went out tonight to see the band that played at Kami's party this summer and drown my aches and pains (and blow off some more steam from the race and the recent work stresses).