Houston Striders know how to organize a road race. They are always so well organized. Here's a shout out to Steve Shepard and crew. Great job y'all!
51 degrees greeted me this morning. I seem to perform the best when the temp is in the 50's. It never feels too hot or cold. A sleeveless tech shirt and tech shorts is all you need. You don't even need to drink too much water/Gatorade. Despite the favorable weather, I only got to run an average race. I think I missed breaking 2 hour mark. (Still waiting for official race time as I forgot to turn on the stop watch at the start) Just didn't push hard enough. I could tell right away when the race was over, my ending heart rate was only 150. That is just normal running exertion. Oh well.
Mile 1: Forgot to start the stopwatch
Mile 2: 9:09
Mile 3: 9:00
Mile 4: 8:58
Mile 5: 8:49
Mile 6: 9:08
Mile 7: 9:03
Mile 8: 9:10
Mile 9: 9:19
Mile 10: 9:24
Mile 11: 9:29
Mile 12: 9:21
Mile 13: 9:31
Mile 13.1: 0:54
Total: 1:51:20 plus Mile 1 = 2 hours and 1 minute?
I started to fade somewhere after mile 8. Hmm, was that possibly because I was distracted by a really pretty time caller at mile 8? Or was it because the lady with a bullhorn who's name comes after May forgot my name?!?! (Apparently, this was not June. Sorry! - HC)
Saw a lot of familiar faces today. Steeeve Shepard at the relay exchange, Vic Kaiser on the course, Jamoosh with his St. Arnold singlet at the finish area (I think he passed me around mile 9), Pony Peterson, Coach Dwyer, Steve Bezner, Sarah Graybeal (from far away), Joe Carey, Humble Runner, Felix Lugo with a bullhorn, Beth Whitehead, the Woodlands Fit Coach, Jennifer Kim in the back seat of a Houston Police Cruiser (Lead Pace Vehicle) and many others I'm not able to remember at this moment. All that gives this a home town race feel.
I wasn't able to hang around after the race so regrettably, I was gone after eating that delicious lettuce wrap in the finish area. We all got a pretty cool looking medal.
Again, one great road race, here in Houston. Try it out next year, you won't be disappointed.
Next Race: HMSA 25K