MESSA 8k Race Recap

This morning I ran the MESSA 8K for H2O Race on Folly Beach.

It was so incredibly nice out!  It was the first time I have run in a short sleeve shirt in months, although I did wear my gloves - I could run in the nude as long as I have gloves on (TMI?).

Although my running schedule was all out of whack for the last two weeks, I felt pretty good.  I was talking to a few people near the starting line and was totally caught off guard when the race started!

I know I went out too fast, but I got it under control and moved into my pace.  I ended up running with a pack of three guys and two girls for most of the race.

The course was a loop with some twists and turns along the way (when I checked my Garmin after the race, I noticed that I really slow down on the turns).

Anyway, I broke away from most of the group and was keeping an eye on this bald headed runner about ten feet in front of me (I think I was drawn to his shinny head like a bug to a light).  With about half a mile left (and while I was watching the guy) he completely lost his breakfast.  It was so bad.  I tried to not to follow his lead and ran around him (and his rather large breakfast).  I saw the finish line and was psyched to see that I was going to finish with a new personal best (39:11)!!!

After the race, I hung out for the silent auction and awards.  I even had time for a professional stretch.  Here is a shout out to the the guys from Cole Chiropractic for stretching my legs out.  It was awesome!

I was still pumped about breaking my time when they announced that I had placed third in my age group (35-39).  When I went up to get my award I was so surprised I had to double check... :)

What a great way to end a week!

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