So. I guess this is my second race in the 55-59 age group, and first one in this calendar year. So many upsides to this race. For starters:
- Fourth in my age group. Fourth out of 10! I languished at or near the bottom of most every race I did last year. (And I finished 6th out of 8 just over two weeks ago.) On December 31, I ran a very sluggish 34:24. Today, 32:02, better than two minutes faster. Not a super-fast age group, and a deceptively hilly course (Woodland Street is, for large parts of it, a long damn incline). But I ran at what was obviously a pretty good pace for me at this point in the year.
- I did not feel the need to walk at all (other than through the one water stop on the course). That hasn't happened in I don't know how long.
- I weigh about 8 pounds less than I did on January 1. That helps.