Last Thursday I ran the first race of my last year of my current age group; also the only group I’ve ever been in since I didn’t run any races before the age of 25. As of last Monday, I’ve got one year left before advancing to the 30+ age bracket.
I ran the same cross country course I ran 2 weeks ago and managed to shave off about a minute, for an overall time of about 24:15. They called out times at the first mile and I was on par with where I ran last week; I heard the guy calling 7:56-7:59 so I was somewhere in there. For the second mile, I heard them call off 16:36-39 which was about a 20 second improvement over my last run. That mile included what has been nicknamed “Killer Hill.” For my last mile, according to my Garmin I ran a 7:30 mile. I glanced at my watch only occasionally to check distance; I didn’t wear my heart rate monitor, and I ran by feel.
I can probably attribute some of that improvement to the temperature being about 15 degrees less than 2 weeks ago and the lower humidity, but I’ve also been kicking my own butt running up lots of hills.
Sorry, no race pictures.
Probably going to be a negligent blogger for another week or so as I’m headed back to upstate NY to visit family and friends… wish me luck in the land of humidity!