Race - 8k - 9-26-09

The group I train with, Charleston Runs, ran an 8K (5 mile) race today. After the week I had, I was a little nervous heading into this race. I rested on Friday and I was hoping that it would help my legs feel a little stronger.

The race was the Carolina Children's Charity 8K held in Hanahan, South Carolina. The temperature was nice, but humid, and there was a nice turnout for the race. We ran a warm up mile as a group and then made our way to the starting line.
The course was actually hilly (very strange for our area). It mostly wound around neighborhoods and was close to the railroad tracks.

I started a little too fast (7:20), but got into a rhythm pretty fast (7:47). I slowed a little on the way back (8:20), but got it back together and finished strong (8:10, 8:03). My final time was 39:40 and it was good enough for second place in my age group!

I had to leave to go coach my son's football team, so after the game I checked my voicemail and found out I had placed. I was totally stoked!

What a great confidence booster for my last few weeks of training before the Marine Corps Marathon.


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