I met up with friend, Michael Rohlf; we share a mutual coach in Ryan Vail. In fact, Michael recommended him to me. Our plan was to race together. I found him in the starting chute. We stayed together for the first two miles, going out in 6:15. We were to go out 6:20-15, and in the third mile, I had to back off as there was an incline and I felt that I wasn't 100% fresh. I decided to back off from PR pace and just run what I was able on this day. It turned out to be the smart choice. I held it together over the rolling hills of the 14th Street Bridge. With about a mile to go, another runner encouraged me by saying I would start the finishing kick to pace him and then he'd pace me to the end. He said we'd have to run under a six minute mile. In my head, I said okay and did kick a sub six minute final mile to get me across the finish line in 64:04. While not a personal best (63:11 at Cherry Blossom 2014), it was a course PR (65:32 in 2011).
|Michael and I celebrating our race. He wore DCRRC singlet and I wore my company's running shirt, Fireside21.|
Race Mile Splits = 6:15/15/31/10/26/34/32/28/28/5:57 (31 seconds for the final .10 in 5:20 pace). I ran four miles of warm up and six miles of cool down to get twenty miles on the day.