Yes, it did require some planning and I would not have realized this was my “24th” race. Ivan pointed it out some time in May (thank you, Blog, for keeping track of these things!), and obviously I was going for it.
Golden Birthday, Golden Race, done!
Before: Back, again! This course holds a PR for both of us (22:05), but we were not up for Elite-style racing this time around. We counted, this is race #12 we’ve run together. Bittersweet. Next time, maybe I’ll get him in Colorado for some high-altitude no-humidity running? 🙂
After a slow ‘n easy 1 mile warm up, we were sweating & hot. The heat index was around “105*”. What were we doing out here again?! Whew.
After: (courtesy of Ivan’s iPhone). We’re alive! Yes, I ran without a shirt. It’s actually become the Norm for me. The DC summer declared battle, it’s been a dirty fight but I’m still above water. 😉 And one beer, down. SO refreshing.
Crystal City 5K
24th race, 24th birthday, July 24, 2010
(Garmin time: 23:55)
Apparently I really chased after that “24 Factor” (are you sick of seeing 24, yet?)! I just checked the official stats, how appropriate of these legs. When mile 1 consisted solely of weaving around people and deciding how fast was “racing” versus “running hard/holding back”, miles 2-3 must’ve been on the muscles’ calculations. 7:58, 7:12, 7:20, 7:08 (0.2).
Cheers, 24. Let’s see what you have in store for me…