I ran my final race of 2015 in the small town of Harmony on New Year’s Eve. It was an afternoon race.
I have a few observations, all of which are profound.
OK I ran it. Some very tough hills. Quaint little town. Nice people. Lots of serious runners. Unexpectedly large crowd.
I paced neck and neck with a pair of young women. I caught them at the three mile mark, but it was a steep uphill to the finish and I had nothing left. Those rural broads blew me away.
I don’t know what happened. For a hill race I did better than in most previous hill races, but not as well as I would like. I found that I do worse in hill races and in races later in the day. Although I’m not a morning person so it is strange. I will give my plan below.
But, someone broke a cardinal rule. It is Ok to pass someone in the last 100 yards, but just as someone is within 10 yards of the finish line? Not cool. Two youngsters did that to me. But I should have seen them coming.
It was damn near dark by the time we were done and it was cold, blustery with a hint of snow the whole way.
My time was 2:32 slower than the flat course in Canfield. My finish was atrocious. I lost the will to sprint. I should have sprinted the last quarter mile at least, but in the late winter evening gloaming I couldn’t see a thing.
I met all of my fitness goals this year. All of them. I even lost about 12-15 pounds or about one stone depending on the scale.
Here’s my plan to run faster in 2016.
Happy New Year’s!
Peace be The Botendaddy