Re-started a tradition today?
Back when I was a real footracer always ran the Charlotte T-day 8K.
Afterwards on the way home played my first of the season (and favorite) Christmas album too loudly. After an 18 year lay off to drink beer, did it again today. Maybe I will be up for it again next year?
Today I ran in Anderson, SC which is the city closest to me. The weather was November cold just over 40 degrees - clear with Sunshine - perfect!
My Bride went along and did an incredible job with the camera.
You can see her work here:
Her photos showed me what I already know. All manner of people (size/age) finish well ahead of me. I spot them 40 years and 50 pounds, and they kick my ass. Bringing up the rear must be done by someone and I volunteer.
The RoadKill singlets are in and look excellent. RoadKill is our online group, all are welcome to join in no matter where in the World you live. RoadKill.run
They are as high teck as could be discovered. Here is a highly paid model, not a real racer with one on:
Unlike my last few races, this course was not too bad, elevation gain around 100' We lost elevation slowly for 2 miles. I began to panic at one point knowing we would have to go up.
I have no endurance, so uphill after I am tired is impossible. In training my weekly goal is 15 miles a week. I know what it takes as to training to race, so am kinda amazed that my fat ass and low mileage can even finish a race.
I ran OK. I finished 91 of 783.
Now that we get to choose gender as to how we "feel", I registered as a 71 year old female. Hey, I don't make the rules. The SC state record is 24:33, set 16 years back by the incredible Marge Hoffman. Now due to politics, she is history.
Here I am 200 yards out, near death, and headed home with my friend Donna.
In real life, today my friend Donna Presley ran 24:14, well under the state records of SC and Georgia. It will not count as a record as she is a Georgia girl, but WOW?!? Age graded that is 16:40.
You can't do that.
It is kinda cool that girls like these will take time to talk to me.
As to record setters, here I am with a few who have set state records:
Donna Presley, Judy Walls, and Dian Ford -> I may hang this photo on my wall after they autograph it. The photo was taken by my Bride who also has won hundreds of awards. These girls are STARS.
My spilts were: 7:40, 7:30, and 8:21.
Average heart rate was 134, 159, and 181. I don't go uphill well as I have no endurance due to low mileage. My mental effort was good according to my heart beat which was telling me I was at "Death's Door".
Results are here:
Here are Tony and Donna and ---me.
Yea, I do tend to pester people.
Tony and I are similar. Our times when we were real footracers (decades ago) were nearly identical. We could still get into the 16's in our late 40's.
The 'Tradition' has risen from history, hope I can make it back again when I am 72.