214 Overall, 48/434 Masters
4-6:47 big hill
9-6:38 windy beach
13-6:39 big hill
Only expectation on this race was to finish under the 1:28 recorded at Gainesville. Unfortunately since last week's long run I became sick with another virus. Training going in was 14 miles for the week on very low energy.
Having run this race the fast-slow patterns are predictable; I try to avoid stitching by taking it easy on miles 2-3, no success. I bided my time as once they shook the wheels would be back.
Rockaway is a good stretch to lengthen the stride and pull in a few seconds, from there on you are about half way and it's best to work in with a pack.
I found one led by a strong 20-something female that had us picking off runners left and right; that was fun.
It only lasts so long as people get tired, the course turns several times and you are left with the ominous mile 12 hill.
Now only four weeks until Boston - time has passed too fast if this is a predictor race.
2 days ago