This morning, I was able to take part in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in downtown Detroit. I had a very good race. The weather was sunny and a humid and balmy 70 degrees or so. Adam and I made our way to the starting line about fifteen minutes before the race was scheduled to start.
When we reached the starting line, we found that there were already few hundred people in front of us. We shrugged and found a spot. We talked and stretched a little bit and waited for the race to start. While I was stretching, I didn’t notice a young lady had come up behind me and bent forward to stretch her hamstrings. At the perfect moment, I swung my arm back to stretch my back and (BAMM!) I hit her with my elbow. I apologized profusely, and she was pretty good-humored about the whole thing.
The race eventually started, and just like last year, I had to jockey around a tonne of people. It seemed quite the challenge as I pushed, slid, dipped, and dodged around everyone. It thinned out after about a mile or so, but I missed exactly where the mile marker was for clocking my first mile time.
My total time for the first and second mile was 12:48. So, my first two miles were at 6:24 pace. I felt pretty good about it, so I pushed myself on the last mile a lot and finished that final 1.1 miles in 6:07.
My total time was 18:55 (by my watch), which is almost one minute faster than I was last year. At my age, that’s just wonderful! I am very happy with my results!