Rob, Steve, and I all plotted our race strategy as we did a four mile warm up. Rob chose to go out as fast as possible and then hang on. Steve was thinking about going out at a moderate pace and then go all out in the last mile and a half. I really didn't know what I wanted to do so I just defaulted to my normal go out fast and try to stay fast strategy. I'll admit pulling in behind a guy in my age group and drafting the poor guy for the first two miles. We went through the first mile at 5:58 but this section of the out and back course was down hill. The second mile went to 6:09 and I just hung on the last two miles with a 6:17 and 6:18. The last half mile was up hill so I feel like I charged up it very well. Michelle ran a great race with a friend who is apparently planning on giving birth to an adult based on what she said in her blog on the subject. After the race we ran another two miles to warm down for a total of 10 miles for the morning.
Many of the Y-Run Club runners have made it a tradition to run this event and over the past two years we have been invited to one of our runners homes in the area for a pot luck barbecue. The weather was great with sunshine and about 75-80 degrees. We drank a couple of cold beers, ate some bratwurst, and Michelle's world famous carrot cake. Num num nummers!
I hope everyone had a great holiday. I will try to catch up on all your blogs sometime this weekend. Rob, Steve, and I are planning to run the 12 Summits run at Tiger Mt. this coming Saturday. Rob will probably be doing a reduced number of summits due to some time constraints and the fact that he is running the Seafair Marathon the following day. It's a little know fact that Rob is a 12 Summits virgin. He has yet to run the course. We are planning a night run the first weekend of August and we may attempt 12 Summits or the Ranger Creek section of the White River course. Looks like we will have a couple runners from Fleet Feet running club join us this weekend at 12 Summits as well. Two guys running with Fleet Feet Paul and Luis will be running CCC 100 as well so they could use the 34 miles and the constant climbing that 12 summits throws at you.
Stay out of trouble, but if you can't send pictures!