June 17, 1999
I left work early in order to make this Thursday evening race in El Dorado Park close to my condo in Long Beach. The traffic was so bad, however, that I barely got to the registration table by 6:00pm (for a 6:00pm start). I got my bib on and fortunately, the race started 5 minutes late.
The weather was hot and windy (apropos for this time of year – almost on the Summer Solstice), but I maintained pretty even pace through each mile. As I came around to the final stretch, I saw a guy about 100 yards ahead of me (with about 300 yards to go). He looked back and gave me a sort of head-shake-blow-off. I didn’t think I could catch him, but I decided, ‘screw it,’ I will try anyway… and caught him right at the finish line.
The result was a 5 mile PR – 34:22 – though not good enough for placing in my age group.
I’m starting to realize that it doesn’t exactly matter what the conditions are – hot, cold, wet, windy – you can still have a good or bad race, even recovering from an injury.