I arrived at the race shortly before 7:30am. Jamie and I parked and I ate a Powerbar before making my way over to the VIP area where I picked up my free pair of balega socks. They are great socks. I have several pairs of the hidden comfort version. I've never had any blistering, slipping, or rubbing issues with their socks. The weather was nice but warmer than what I would have preferred for a race. At least there was a breeze. The temperature was in the low 70s and humid. I met some teammates on the Capital RunWalk team and talked with them before heading out for a warm-up run.
|Start of the 2013 Capital City Classic|
I started picking up the pace after the first mile and settled in with a group of several women and another guy. It was great having people around to run with. Running fast is easier with people. I ran miles two and three in 5:51 and 5:52. Those miles were rolling but mostly a slight downhill. My first 5K split was around 18:23, right on pace for a sub 37:00. The first three miles were nice and shady. Mile three to four was also downhill and I ran mile four in 5:55.
The uphill started shortly after passing the four mile marker. I knew it was going to be a long gradual hill and I could lose 20 seconds or more on this mile. The group I was running with started getting dwindled down. It was down to me and the guy, masters winner John Hinton. He started pulling away from me on the uphill. I focused on keeping him close so I could possibly outkick him to the finish. There was only one aid station on the course and it was at mile 4.5. I took the small cup of water from a volunteer, got a couple sips in me, and dumped the rest on my head. The hill was tough and I was beginning to fade. Jamie cheered for me and told me I was in 11th place as I was going up the hill.
|Running up the tough hill between miles 4 and 5|
There was a slight downhill after mile 5 but not as much as I would have liked. My legs had taken a beating and I wasn't able to pick it up as I had planned after the hill. The first half of mile six was rolling hills with some downhills but the second half was another uphill back to the finish. I wasn't gaining on John but he wasn't getting any farther away from me either.
I made the right turn by the Capitol building and had the finish line in my sights. The final quarter mile of the race was downhill and this was my chance to use my kick. I tried picking it up but my kick was not there. The hill at five had taken it from me. I ran the final 1.2 miles in 7:20 which was 5:56 min/mile pace. I finished 11th Overall and 1st in my age group with a time of 37:15. I was happy with my placing but a little disappointed in my time.
The Capital RunWalk team had a great race. Sandy Roberts led the way with a 2nd place overall finish in 31:12. Austin Balen ran his PR and finished 37th overall and first in his age group. William Unger finished in 53rd place Overall in 47:23.
Since there was nobody passing out water at the end of the finish line, my girlfriend Jamie stepped up and started volunteering. She went and got water bottles and set up a table at the finish line. She passed out a lot of bottles to runners saving them the time of having to hunt for the water.
|Age Group Winners|