Here's how the weekend went. On Saturday morning I got to the expo bright and early to set up the pacer booth / table. Then at 9:00 I got my microphone on and did my first live radio broadcast on ESPNLV! Then I spent the day talking to old friends and meeting new ones.
We were treated to an incredible day for race day. Temps were in the upper 40's with bright sunshine. Lauren was pacing the 1:45 group so we gathered our stuff and headed to the race. I had no real goal, and no idea how the legs would respond to half marathon pace...the two weeks after Boston had been rough and were all about recovery, not building speed!
The race takes off with a long, refreshing downhill first mile. I caught up with Kathleen and ran with her for a while. I had no real goals, but as we hit the first mile marker at 6:05 or so I saw a large pack in front of me and a gap growing so I decided to slowly bridge the gap.
|About 4 miles into the race.|
The best part of the race is from mile 2 to mile 6.5 which is an out and back section. It is so much fun to cheer for everyone coming the other way, see the huge crowds and harness their energy. I was slowly picking runners off at this point.
|We ran as a pack like this for about 4 miles, it was fun!|
|Entering the stadium, only 1/4 mile to go!|
No rest for the weary for this guy though, I had to pack the bike and head over to the Wheelman Cup, a friendly crit competition against all of the local bike teams. We needed bodies, so I agreed to subject myself to even more pain (hey, I need the bike miles for my upcoming 100+ mile triathlon weekend).
We had eight of us and the goal was to score as many points as possible with points available every third lap.
|Great team shot!|