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A problem was that my gps watch wouldn't shut off at the end of the Rock CF race on Sunday and everything still works now except the start/stop button, the most important one. Bill lent me his watch for Tuesday, but it wasn't charged, and I only got 1 mile pace out of it. That first mile was done in 8:46 hu-ah! A good part of it was across moist woodchips, so I didn't have the ground pushing back and propelling me up and forward. I likely would have been a few seconds faster if on concrete the whole way.
The last 2.1 I had to just go, don't be focused on the watch, just go as hard and as fast as I could.
Mile 1.6 (ish) was the second Twinkie stop. I grabbed one and started choking it down. People describe them as sponge cakes - yes, it tasted like a sponge. Some volunteers were holding Twinkies, others were marking bibs to show runners who ate a second one. I saw someone with a marker and mouth full of Twinkie, I said "Mark me!" He replied "mmgjammfb, got it!" haha The second Twinkie was nasty! Gross! Blech!
Kept going hard and fast and finished strong with a "gun" time of 28:23, also known as my second PR in three days :D Final average pace: 9:09 baby. It was old school timed, so the finishing chute was one person wide and volunteers put the tear-off part of our bibs on a hook in order. The finishing results were posted today and I finished 9th out of 39 in my age group. I was really pleased with that - a PR and a top 10 finish :)
Then I looked at the 35-39 age group. I WOULD HAVE WON that age group!!!! My birthday is April 19th and I'll move up to that age group. Darn race was 18 days too soon!!!!! Guess I have to do it again next year so I can win a race (even if it is a funny, silly one that involves Twinkies lol)