Trained primarily in New Balance model 766's, two pairs.
Breakfast: Oatmeal, bagel w\jelly, water, multi-vitamin, tums and a banana
0700 Arrival at Mount Tom Ski House, cold, breezy around 45 degrees
0800 Start in the lodge gravel parking lot, ran in Adidas Rat Racers.
Run up the hill in the top five; try very hard to take it easy down the steep backside as to not wear out the quads so early on.
The access road leads you to a Reservoir that you loop 2 and 2/3 times on packed dirt\gravel. I fall into a pace with the previous four-time champion. Take the lead after one loop as the pace was slowing and really wanted to run 6:10’s. Mile 2 split was 12:39. I ditched my hat and gloves to my wife who supported me on these loops. Was passed during last loop by surprise as I was thinking the race was won already, foolish marathon thoughts so early on. Mile 5 split was 31:40 for a 6:28 average and I was wondering if I held it what would be the finish time. Kept repeating my mantra: Patience, Strength, Flow. This race does not start until mile 20!