I didn't plan to race hard, and didn't even bring my Garmin or watch to run with. But my legs were feeling pretty good after about a mile even though my last three weekends have been marathon, half-marathon, and ultra-marathon. I moved into third place just past mile 1 and ran a couple miles about 50 meters back from the two guys running together in front of me.
Around mile 3.5 my legs were still feeling good and I was closing the gap between me and the front runners. So I thought I'd race a bit. :) I snuck into second place with about a mile to go and was gaining pretty good on the leader. But when he glanced back and saw me about 20 meters behind and gaining, he showed that he had something left in his legs too. I gained on him, but it was too little too late -- I crossed the finish line in 28:02, seven seconds behind him. (results)
|Cruising along the Snake River|
|Loving my Brooks Green Silence|
|Near mile 4.5 -- The eventual winner is in the blue shirt|
ahead of me as we weave through the walkers.