This was my first time pacing a friend in a race. There wasn't actually a lot of "pacing" going on but we ran the best race we could run barring recent injuries. We ended up walking most of the bigger hills. It was really fun to run mid-pack for a change. There wasn't as much chatter as I've heard up front, but still a good time. People didn't seem as happy either. I did see a lot of really good falls and took a spill myself, but came out with only a few scratches. The weather was spot on for running. It would have been nice to be in the mix today, but I have no regrets. It was a great race!
Heath, way to lead 5000 people in a trail race. It's all paying off now. Good work.
From Once a Runner for Heath:
"People conceptualize conditioning in different ways. Some think it's a ladder straight up. Others see plateaus, blockages, ceilings. I see it as a geometric spiraling upward, with each spin of the circle taking you a different distance upward. Some spins may even take you downward, just gathering momentum for the next upswing. Sometimes you will work your fanny off and see very little gain; other times you will amaze yourself and not really know why."
It sounds like you are doing all the right things right now. Keep it up and stay healthy. I'm thinking the Sleepy Hollow Tri is going to be a massacre. I predict you spread Jason across the course by the better part of an hour.
Jack, outstanding work with your back to back half marathons. I love it. That's my kind of racing...right up against the edge of disaster. Beautiful!! The negative splits are very impressive too. Did your groin bother you? If not you are ready...nice comeback!
Tony and Marty, I wish I could have ridden Ft. Custer with you guys...that trail brings a tear to my eye. It's so well designed to be a fast course. Marty, it sounds like you are ready to throw down in a couple of weeks. Practice taking off your wetsuit when its wet if you want a crisp and fast T1!