pickup point near the finishing line. We hadn't been at the starting area for more than a few minutes when Spokane runner Ken Briggs said to me, "Where's your chip?" My wha-? Aaargh. Back in the hotel room. I could see it quite clearly, right where I'd left it :-).
Oh, well. I wasn't particularly concerned because I knew it wasn't going to be a record breaking day. But now I see that I might have won my age group! I had honestly no idea how I'd react to the heat but to my surprise felt strong right to the end.
Women’s winner Wendy (1014) Terris
Rob (771) Roy Smith
Barb (849 Wnek
Greg (156) Miller
That being said, it was certainly tempting to follow along when the half marathoners split off from us at about 11 miles. I had to tell myself, "Just make the turn and don't think about it." I had started out running with Ken, but his long legs quickly left me behind. So I was surprised when he came up behind me after the marathoners made their turn. Ken wasn't having a very good day at that point, but perked up within a couple of miles and we clipped right along. Eventually, though, the hills and heat took their toll and we were doing a lot of walking. At 22 miles, he declared he was walking in the rest of the way, so I reluctantly left him and continued running. Passed a lot of people who'd succumbed to the heat by then and were just hanging on.
I am pleased with a gun time of 4:06:35 under the circumstances and look forward to the rest of my races this season! (And I definitely need to get back into the routine again, especially the part where you put on the chip :-).
More race reports and photos of the Seafair Marathon in next month’s newsletter!