I have run this race three times before. 2011, I ran horrible, but was in good shape. 2012, I just ran it for the fun of it and ran just under 7 min pace. Last year, I had run 58+ miles on the North South Trail the day before the race. So, I was looking forward to giving the race in honest effort. I felt I was in pretty good shape, but haven't raced on the roads in a while. When you are racing on the trails and snowshoes, it is a whole different animal. You are changing pace constantly working through obstacles and trying not to kill yourself with a major fall.
A road race on the other hand, is all about getting in a good rhythm and holding on to a pace that is just a little too fast and hoping things don't blow up, especially when I certainly do not focus on the shorter race, it makes me feel even more like a fish out of water. The positive note leading up to Doyle's this year was that I had raced a lot, although on the trails/snowshoes, at least I had that race mentality fresh on the brain.
So, how did the race go? Pretty well. I had set a goal of sub 28 mins. I planned on going out conservative, which works well on this course, as the first part is more up hill than the second half. If you have some legs left through 3 miles, you can make up some time and come home strong.
I ended up passing a few fast starters in the first mile or so and found myself in pretty much the same position I would finish. I was passed late in the race by one runner, but also passed another guy when I was passed.
I felt like I just held onto a solid pace the whole time, but knew going into the last mile that I was over the pace I need for sub 28....fortunately for me, that's where the fast mile is and also being passed got me moving again.
5:23 - 27:51 Official Time, 11th place out of 1667 Finishers
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|A runner finishes and cheers on his friends with beer(s) in hand!|
Now, Doyle's is all bout the after party. A fun outside block party with free beer and good times...to read more of the particulars of that, head over to The Sweaty Beer Tent!
Next up...Train...no races for a while. I guess the next time I toe the line will be in The Quahog Mile...it will be the first time I actually run in one of my races!