Saturday, September 29, 2007

2007 Big Spring Jam 5km

Big Spring Jam 5km Downtown Huntsville, AL

Coming into this race I was in the middle to late stages of training for the Huntsville Half Marathon and Rocket City Marathon, which were 6 and 8 weeks away respectively. My long runs were about 13 miles and I had a 15 miler planned for the day after this race.

It was cool in the morning with temps around 68, but heated up by 8am race time. This was the first race in quite some time that I felt really good the whole race. The small ups were tough, but the long slow downs were great to stride out. I lead Joe Francica the whole way and held him off at the end, with a win by 4 seconds. With a flat course, I think that I had sub 18 in my legs. I finished 8th overall and 2nd in m30-24 of 558 total runners with a time of 18:10.

Not a bad performance considering the top 7 included names like Volinski, Dewitt, Bowman, Clarke, Meyer and Betts. This was also the first time that I can remember that I beat Mr. Dink Taylor:)

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