November 24, 2016
This year, I’m back in my hometown of Piedmont. (Last year we were in Hong Kong.)
I seem to remember from years past that we would park in the lot by the park, but we end up parking about 5 blocks away near the terminus of Highland Avenue.
Riva is hurting a little so she says that there is a possibility that I will finish ahead of her. (Yeah, like that will happen.)
My goal at this race is to try not to walk the hills (though it is a big temptation because there are so many).
I did situate myself at the front so that I wouldn’t get caught up in the slow crowd, and maybe the surge will take me along to the downhill at the far end of Highland and give me the impetus to climb up Wildwood (where I always tend to walk). Mile 1 – 7:36. (I am running UP Wildwood.)
From Mile 1 to Mile 2, there are a number of hills and I couldn’t quite not walk all of them. I gave myself permission to walk up St. James to Hampton, and to walk a portion of the Seaview incline, but I still managed 9:22 (which is really good for walking hills).
Mile 3 to the end is mostly downhill (with a little dipsy-doodle towards the end) so I pushed the best I could, managing a 7:22 final mile, with a 47 second last tenth (about 7:50/mile).
My 24:59 was almost a minute ahead of Riva’s time. (She still did well considering that she wasn’t anywhere near 100%.)
Dad was 2nd in his age group (out of 5 80 year-olds) but the rest of us didn’t factor into the results at all. I was 238th overall and 29th in my age group, but consider that there were over 2,600 runners, so I’m good with the top 10%.