|Me, Brett, Ricardo, JT|
|And They're Off!|
|The race is right up against the Superstition Mountains and has some great scenery.|
I ended up in third for most of the first half and I felt like I was giving a pretty decent effort but holding
back just a little. Most of my splits were between 5:40 and 5:55 depending on the terrain. The course had no major hills but was very rolling and always changing. I thought it was kind of a tough course (I live in extremely flat area). Anyway at the turnaround I turned my effort level up a notch and started to close on the top two. On the long incline in the 10th mile I was about to catch the top guy but I was starting to wonder if I would have enough left to race him to the finish. I was really hurting to be honest. We ran a couple of miles together trading a few surges before I finally was clear of him for good with just over a mile to go. I ended up getting a nice boost of energy and was able to close in 5:20, 5:24 over the last two miles. The highlight of the race for me was seeing my wife and kids going around the last turn and getting to see them as I was coming in for the win. My daughter says I always get second so it was nice to win one! The official time was 1:14:58.
|The finishing stretch. Those are my bright green Saucony A5s I'm wearing.|