I warmed up w/ Double-D and Dan Verrington for about 2.5 miles and then added another half mile w/ Al Bernier up to the starting line for about 3 miles worth of warmup. It was beginning to get warm out and the course was a definite roller, so I knew the times wouldn't be super fast...but something inside of me thought I could run maybe my PR marathon pace for the 20k effort. Needless to say that didn't pan out.
My first mile was too quick (about right on my PR half-marathon effort, which normally I'd be looking for in a 20k at least). From there, I deliberately scaled back a bit and wanted to run in the 5:30-5:40 range which I started to realize was probably even too aggressive for the heat and the hills.
I basically ran in no-man's land for most of the race. I was lingering behind Scott Leslie and a few others for a few miles. Ryan Carrara screwed past me at maybe 5.5 or so, on the hunt for Scott and the ATR points. I played yo-yo with a few GBTC dudes, eventually losing one and dropping 2. I passed a R.UN Kenyan somewhere around 8 miles or so, who was falling off the early pace and I think he eventually dropped out. Tim Cataggio blew past me somewhere in there like I was standing still. I could see those guys the rest of the way but could never close any gaps.
I was just clicking off 5:30's-high 5:40s until 11.5 when out of nowhere, my CMS teammate Morgan Kennedy and the top woman (Sonia Samuels from Great Britain) went by me and I had nothing left. I was basically just packing it in at that point and watched them stretch away. 12.5 miles in 1:10:35.
There was a @jimjohnson sighting on the roads. Check out the @CMS_Run throwback uni! #seasons20k pic.twitter.com/qKKCd5WPdX— Level Renner (@levelrenner) September 8, 2015
The good news is that my leg was basically a non-issue. The bad news is everything else. I am not in 'long distance' shape at all. No workouts, no race efforts or situations = a bad time to show up and dip toes into a GP. It wasn't a complete disaster...but 1:10:35 is over a minute slower than my half marathon PR (for a longer distance). I know it was hot and hilly, but seeing guys like Jose Ortiz and Tim and Ryan and others have some fight and run some fast times on a slow day, really made me hungry to get my ass back into shape. If nothing else, I got a very good long hard effort in and a great test of where I am with my leg.
As a side note, I didn't help the team at all. I thought I did initially but after closer calculation, me being the 4th man only got us within 18 seconds of a 2nd place overall team finish. We finished third whether I was in the results or not.
For those not on Strava, my splits were pretty sh*tty but it is what it is....the first mile had some drop right away so it was slightly faster than I was ever anticipating running (although 5:17 is my PR half pace from 2011).
5:16 / 5:35 / 5:39 / 5:28 / 5:43 / 5:34 / 5:36 / 5:38 / 5:49 / 5:42 / 5:43 / 5:39 and then 5:50 for the last .5 on my garmin.
I cooled down with Ryan and Dr. Brian Harvey (who finished 3rd) on some roads and then a cool loop of single track in the woods. 3.6 miles total for the cooldown. 19.4 miles total on the day.
After that, it was a long, hot ride north with no AC in asinine vacationer traffic.
Next up is a rest and then possibly some 'work' as Dan Vassallo calls it... I gotta decide whether I want to try to get into real shape or just start trail and mountain running again.