Speaking of familiar faces, my son Max made me the surprise of driving from New Haven. I discovered him in the crowd 5 minutes before the start. His running experience, his smiles and encouragements at every lap, were a huge boost and made a big difference for me today, what another gift! And he took may pictures of us on the course, never getting tired of seeing us coming through again and again!
In the meantime, the format of the course allowed for some look of what was ahead and behind you thanks to an out-and-back and turn-around between mile 2.5 and 3 of the loop. Also, those of us in 5-year age groups (M40 and above) had to display our age group on a special bin in the back of our racing tops (last time I experienced that was at a French Nationals 10 years ago and I don't recall we had such bibs at the World Masters). Here is Max catching me looking at the back of a runner at the end of the 7th lap.
JMS Racing Services' website., a very professional timing, including a marathon split valid for a Boston qualifying time (mine wasn't so good today, a lame 2:57, still 33 minutes below the M50-54 bar, but not as good as the unofficial 2:49 of a month ago at Jed Smith).
The women race was won by Emily Harrison, 28, from Flagstaff, AZ, with an amazing time and new course record of 3:15! (So fast that she is blurry on this picture...)
And the injury? Thankfully it didn't bother me during the race, must have been the cold which served as icing to contain the inflammation. It's pretty hot tonight but not as bad as two weeks ago, there is progress. Let's see how it evolves tomorrow, my next race is only in 6 days, my 9th Way Too Cool 50K, can't miss that!
Thanks for all the birthday wishes on FaceBook, this will help me keeping running for another half century, if not faster, at least farther! And, hopefully, along many of you: thank you for the gift of you friendship, support, emulation or encouragements!