"There's only one hard and fast rule in running: sometimes you have to run one hard and fast."
Sunday, October 2, 2011
This is what this year's Twin Cities Marathon looked like just past 21 miles, just about when the 3:30 pack went by. It was below 50 degrees for the 10 Milers, but the temperature looked like it was going to get a bit high for the later marathoners. This is my favorite vantage point, as it's the one place the road narrows to a single lane in the most strategic part of the race - the long gradual hill before the steep hill to St. Thomas University.
Few people I know looked like they were having stellar days, though Colin was on PR pace and Bert (whose name escaped me at the time) was right around 3:00 pace in his first marathon. Most of the people I knew were either over 50 years old or are ultamarathoners, who went "slumming" in a road race. I noticed that runners are looking beefier than they used to - saw a lot of triathletes and cr0ss-fit types [if I don't misspell that, I get a ton of trolls here]. Also noticed that almost no one wears gear from other races, but instead advertise a team, place, or cause.
Steve says hi. Like in the last line of a letter (remember when people wrote letters?) between two people who both know him. Like that. Hi.
Oh, and I write about running. 35 years and nearly 600 races thus far.