We all know how this went down last year…
I was a bit nervous going into the race because my training has been interesting to put it mildly. I was super nervous all week and only started to relax when I saw my teammates before the race on Saturday. I lowered any expectations and just ran.
Pre-race I was able to jog and get a good warm-up in. I saw a few teammates at the start line and actually ended up running with one of them, Mike, the whole time.
The race went through the major sections of Syracuse and at one point, ran by my house. It was at about mile 9 and the fact that I could turn to the right and get in my bed or keep running kind of out a damper on my spirits. During the middle miles, Mike and I were chased by this student from Cornell who breathed so loud I wasn’t sure if I was going to have to perform surgery on his trachea. Honestly, kudos to him for keeping up with us for that long, I don’t know how smokers do it.
The last three miles were a bear. My lack of fitness was present and the wind was pretty good. I counted down the last miles in search of some inspiration to keep up the pace.
Mike finished about 30 seconds ahead of me and also has what is essentially a broken leg. Yup, he ran on that and crushed it.
All in all, a good effort I’m happy with.
I want to thank Ian Golden from Red Newt Racing (my racing team) for his continual support and guidance. All the clothing I ran in was from his store, The Finger Lakes Running Company.