|Waiting for the Trolley at the OSF|
After some more celebrating with the family on Saturday evening, we woke up at the comfortable hour of 6:30 to get ready for the race and head over to Fort Collins. It was an absolutely beautiful morning for a race. The sun was out, but it wasn't too hot, and a very light breeze was doing its part to keep things cool.
|Lily's favorite: Jellyfish|
By the time I got to the last mile, it was clear that the tank was running empty. I definitely left everything out on the course on Sunday Morning. My pace dropped while my heart rate stayed high (it did not drop below 160 for the last 5 miles and really stayed closer to 167 the majority of the time). I would estimate that my final mile was somewhere between 8:00 to 8:30. Not a bad last mile, but I certainly didn't have the kick to do better.
my older brother, I decided to take advantage of the free massages that they had on hand. Normally I don't go for that type of thing after a race (the thought of some poor soul having to rub down all of these sweaty runners), but I figured I would give it a shot and see if it had an impact on my recovery (In truth, I really don't know if it did or not, because it still took me a couple of days to feel better). That said, I do think it's something I will consider again in the future. But the best part of the post race festivities was getting to sit in the sun and drink a pint of Sunshine Wheat. All in all, a great race day.
A couple of days later, I checked to find the race results. Although I was a good ways back in my age group, I was pleased how I did overall. Here's a printout of the results:
Colfax Marathon on May 20th. I'll let you know about my unique strategy for that one in another post.