Thanks everyone, and congrats to Jim. I thought I saw him at one point during the race when marathoners and 10 mile runners crossed paths for a few miles.
Albany Running Exchange (ARE) always puts on great events and this was no exception. It was point-to-point and mostly on a paved biked trail. They had waves and started 8 runners at a time every ten seconds. I joined the third set of 8 runners when one of the guys said he wanted to run 5:45-5:50 pace (perfect!). A group of woman from the Central Park Track Club who I thought would want to run that pace, said they were more in the 6:00 pace range, so opted to start with the group of men ahead of them and was the first woman off the line.
I ran with a group of 4 men for about 4 miles which slowly whittled down to a guy named Dan and myself. Dan was a 2:23 marathoner in his prime (late 2000s). Ironically, we are both 38 and I am in the midst of my prime, or at least I hope. Dan was good company and we passed a guy from our start group with about 2 miles to go. Then Dan took off and my 5:45 pace wore on me running solo. Couldn’t make myself go into the pain cave, so I fell off my goal of 5:45 and averaged 5:50. Not a shabby day.
Perfect running conditions (50 degrees, no rain until we finished, and little wind). Courtney Martin raced as well and was the 7th woman overall, winning her age group and running 1:02:59.
Now I am on my mandatory 10 days of zero running, which sounds great but is hard after a few days! Next up is fun on the trails (probably no racing, sorry!). Then turning my attention to the Philly Marathon and either Hartford Half or Boilermaker as a tune-up.