Last weekend was the local Fresh 15k by Brookshires in Tyler, Tx. The race organizers went over the top on this one and the most well run running event I've ever done. We even got paper towells and toilet paper in our goody bag, who doesn't need that? I was excited to race some fast guys that were coming into town and that it was local and right down the road.
|Most importantly I got to race with my family Calley and Rylan.|
|Rylan tearing it up towards the finish.|
|My parents even made it out and my Dad came out after working all night|
|My Mom has always been super supportive.|
|Dennis Kutach one of the lead out guys from the Fresh cycling team and also the guy who will be performing our marriage coming up.|
|Fresh 15k Start|
The temperature was just right about 60 degrees but the humidity was about 100% and the hills...the key hills were some rollers on Grande, Rice Rd. and back into Hollytree including "Heart Break Hill" at mile 8. There also plenty of hills the last mile too just before coming back to Fresh.
There was no easing into this, the first mile or two my heart rate was through the roof within a couple of minutes. Initially I worked on staying with Clay but he quickly pulled away within 2 miles and worked his way up to 4th. We started out bringing up the 9th and 10th positions. By mile 3 a couple of people in front of me were starting to fall off pace and Mark Saroni wasn't too far behind me. Around mile 4-5 I caught a Kenyan on Old Grande Rd and by mile 5 I looked back and saw that Mark was starting to gain on me and I told myself I needed to put the hammer down. Mile 8 was the slowest mile for me in 5:51 it included going up what is known as "heart break hill" with Mark inching closer I was determined to not to have any heart breaks here. I knew Mark was getting closer and I was running fast as I possibly could to keep him away.
|Sprinting for the finish in 52:59, my garmin said 9.5 miles and heard others having the same thing .|
|The top ten class minus 1.|
|Harold Wilson is legend. He began running at the young age of 54 and now he olds the Boston Marathon age group record.|
|Training partner Mike Venable presenting Harold with his award.|
Thanks Again Everyone!
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