I spent much of the fall season running short faster 2-4 mile tempos. At Thanksgiving I went back to PA and entered a 10k to see how I would fair. It was a cool day in the mid 20s and I got ready to do battle against another 156 hearty souls. I went out conservative and was in the lead for a couple minutes before 4 people went ahead. A couple young guys took the lead and I worked back up to third position and through the mile in 6:12. The first guy was way out there and didn't look like he was working too hard, but the second one was only maintaining a 30 yard lead on me. I decided to work the downhill and uphill and caught him at 2 in 12:05. I went past him and he countered. We got to a flat section and I opened it up a bit to see what he had and opened 20 yards on him at 3 in 18:00. I felt okay, but knew I had to push through a windy section and probably gained another 15-20 yards to get through 4 in 24:09. I maintained through 5 where you make a left hand turn towards the finish in 30:18. I peaked back and saw a couple guys coming so I laid out what I had so as not to make it interesting. I know you finish on the track and I was determined to finish strong and did in 37:32 for 2nd.
Runners warm up in the cold for the 17th annual Gobbler’s Gallop on Thursday.
After a few easy weeks I'm back to my normal hobby jogging in anticipation for the upcoming Ice Age 50 mile.