This post was written for and first appeared on One Foot In Reality.
For more photos of the race, please go to Maine Running Photos - Thank you David Colby-Young for all of your hard work to give runners all the great photos.
The first race of the year is always a good check of where I am and how much work I need to do to get where I want to be. Plus it was my first race as a Pearl Izumi Run Champion, so I wanted to have a decent race.
I learned that I got a LOT of work to do.
But that is okay, I know what I gotta do.
Getting back to the race.
|The finish line of today's race|
After getting registered and talking with everyone (you know getting caught up with people you have not seen for a while), I went out to warm-up and see how the road conditions were going to be. Better than I thought, but still not great, if you could run in the travel lane it was wet, with icy spots - the sun and the salt was melting the snow/slush off the road pretty good. Which really helped - a lot.
|After the race, it melted a lot during the race, but that slushy stuff with some icy spots underneath made things interesting|
Only 17 runners (13 female and 4 male, so who is the fairer/tougher sex - hehehehe) showed up due to the poor conditions and temps, so it was a small field and I knew most of the runners.
I started out well, but the first part of this course is a slight grade and it kicks my ass every year I have run it, until we get to the little downhill section, I just can't seem to get my breathing under control, although I did hold onto second place through the first mile.
Yeah, I did make the conscious decision I just wasn't going to with the guy who passed me today. I started to think about it when we were running together for a short ways, but I got into the crap on the side of the road and quickly changed my mind.
|2nd place finisher - he was 61, so I still got my AG hehehehe|
Not a big deal, I really had made the choice before the race even started to not turn this into a race, so I wasn't mentally into pushing hard today. Although I have a feeling he is a little faster than I am
I kept running and stayed in the travel lane unless there was a vehicle coming and then would move into the crap and slow down pretty good. Going up that hill gets me every year and this year was no different, I slowed down more than I wanted to and then picked it back up coming around the other side.
You can see that this was not a really consistently paced race, I was all over the place. So the graph tells me that I have to work on my pacing and hills (which have been kicking my butt lately).
I do know that it was nice getting out and pushing the pace a little faster than I have been recently, especially outside.