Well, my 10th Al's Run 8k is in the books. Mission accomplished. 29:52.
The two weeks prior to the event I did no track work. I figured why risk blowing something out. I knew I would be close, but I have a good sense of pace so I went with what I thought course offered. First mile has some downhill and I hit it in 5:47 which I knew I would give back on the hill in mile two. Hit that in 12:01 and felt okay. Tried to find stride and you dump down a little hill before mile three which went by in 17:57. I hate mile four. I knew I had to push to have a chance. I was hurting and who comes by...Ted Shue. Four in 24:02 and I tried to not let Ted disappear. I catch and pass him with a quarter mile to go and try to gap him to no avail. Ted turns on the burners and roars by with 40 yards to go and I try and not let anyone else pull that. Ted hits the finish in 29:51 for 40th overall and I 41st in 29:52.
I did pull 2nd in the age group with Jerry Husz winning the 50-54 in 26:03! Wayne Lammers was the story of the day with an amazing 53:xx at 76 years old, easily winning the age group. That's like a minute a mile faster than last year.
It was fun. I did not enjoy the pain, which being an ultra runner I felt like I had snow boots on. If I run next year, trust me there will be some faster training involved. It was more fun than a 100 miler though...by a looooooong stretch.