Saturday, June 04, 2011
Before the beginning of the race, they were snapping pictures. My grey hair in the back kind of stands out so you might be able to find me. I've got on aqua shirt and black shorts.
It was, as you can tell, a huge crowd. I started in the middle this time and I'd say more people passed me than I passed. But I didn't feel like an impediment. Probably can see me in the back row about 4th or 5th from the right.
My one mile time was 9:29, much better than the 11 minutes of my first race or 10:?? of my second. I was racing someone hard at the end because she passed me and looked like she might be in my age group, so I kicked it up and regained my position. But I forgot to look at the clock. In the picture it is 29:03 and I'm not quite there, so it will probably be an official gun time of 29:04 or 29:05. Whatever it is, it clearly beats my previous two times of 31:19 and 31:14. My chip time will be quite a few seconds less, too. I'm number 498 in this picture of my finish:
They still haven't posted the official times and places by age groups. Perhaps I'll edit this blog rather than post multiple blogs like I did the last time. The awards will be given after all 4 races in this series, so no awards today. However, I suspect I'm in a good position to place in my age group if I keep working at it and stay healthy!!
UPDATE: I came in second in my age group, far out of first, with a time of 28:46, a pace of 9:16 per mile. I copied this from the web site:
**** FEMALE GRAND MASTERS ****
Place O'All Name Age Div Hometown Nettime Pace
1 178 Rhonda F 60 FGMST Lakeland, FL 23:53 7:42
2 396 Marsha W 61 FGMST Lakeland, FL 28:46 9:16
3 401 Gail H 62 FGMST Lakeland, FL 28:52 9:18
4 452 Jan M 61 FGMST Lakeland, FL 30:17 9:45
5 478 Susan I 60 FGMST Lakeland, FL 30:51 9:56
6 727 Ellen P 67 FGMST Winter Haven, FL 40:47 13:08
7 728 Linda D 72 FGMST Lakeland, FL 40:53 13:10
8 743 Audrey S 72 FGMST Sebring, FL 42:02 13:32
9 746 Norma M 70 FGMST Lakeland, FL 42:12 13:35
10 770 Donna M 67 FGMST Lakeland, FL 43:28 14:00