Race around Capitol Lake. $10 day of race entry, plus a gift exchange. This will be the farthest that I have run without walk breaks in a long time. I am still having minor foot issues and really do not want any set backs. I am afraid that I will push too hard in the race. So I am happy when I invite Jared to come and he accepts. He plans to run his first half marathon in May and only a few days ago ran his farthest of 4 miles. He would like to run the 5 miles today in 50 minutes and that sounds like a great plan. 40 degrees and gray. Nice to see all the familiar faces. No warm up running.
Start - We start near the back and go a little faster than planned on the long downhill.
Mile 2 - Holding a steady pace. There is Jody to take our picture. There really are lots of people behind us. Looking back we see a huge gap. We decide that we are the "slowest of the fast".
Mile 2.5 - We slow down a little on purpose, as the big uphill is coming. Hey my foot is feeling fine.
Mile 3 - Up up up and Jared is doing great. We should make our goal time no problem. I keep monitoring Jared's effort and push him on, but it is not too hard. We pass a couple of people, including Scott who I have been tracking most of the way.
Mile 4 - Flat last mile.
Mile 4.5 - Jared can sense the finish and starts going much faster. I can keep up and I stay right with him.
Finish - 5.06 on the GPS. The gift exchange is a bit of a bust as I get 5 energy gels, replacing the energy gels that I gifted away. Really happy about my foot and a fun morning with Jared.
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