35th Central Maine Striders January Thaw Race Recap – 1-19-14

This is the 3rd year in row that I have run this race and each year it has a different challenge to contend with. Today’s challenge was a 2-3 inches of fresh powder on the roads and sleet during the run.

January Thaw 2014 - Looking at the road prior to the race
January Thaw 2014 – Looking at the road prior to the race

The Belgrade town crew did a great job and sanded the roads we were going to be running on.

Now because of the road conditions, I decided to run in my PI N1 Trails and was very impressed with how great they did. They had good traction and to be honest I didn’t even think about them after the race started. I just ran and that is what I expect/want from my shoes.

It was nice to see many familiar faces at the race and I think it was the first one of the year for most of us.

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Everyone coming to the start – yes, it was still snowing/sleeting during the race.

Garmin Stats 1-19-14
Garmin Stats 1-19-14

At the start of the race, I went out at a sub 6:30 pace for the first half mile and it was deceptively uphill. For some reason or other, I could tell that I was going a bit too quick for me now, it had a lot to not being able to breath correctly. Then when we got out on Rt 27, the roads were snow-covered and had a lot of traffic, which slowed me down a bit.

This course is not an easy one and that long incline was a deceptive (damn deceptive hills). I know that I just seemed to keep slowing down, the incline isn’t really that bad, it just kind of lulls you into going slower and slower. Finally, when I was almost to the top, I finally realized how much I had slowed down. Then I picked it back up, especially when I went down the hill. However, I just couldn’t catch the runner in front of me, even though I did close the gap a bit.

During the last 1/2 mile, I did slow down, when I saw that I wasn’t going to catch her and that I had enough distance ahead of the guy in back of me, I just cruised in to the finish. In other words, I just didn’t push the end of the race, which disappointed me.

How did I do?

I finished 7 out of 26 (the weather affected the numbers), was 2nd in my age group and able to set a 10 second personal course record. Overall it was a nice race for me and a good start to the year, but I could have done better and will do better.

January Thaw 2014 - Photo
January Thaw 2014

Thank you Gene and all the volunteers at the race, you made it a great day and a fun race.

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