Sunday April 21 was the first race of the season for me and it was a good start to a long season of racing. Alex and I both ran this race in my hometown of Oshkosh, WI. With the lovely spring weather we’ve been having, it was a week of nervous weather-watching leading up to our trip and race in the homeland. Luckily, we only had to deal with some cold temperatures and wind on race morning. It was an emotional start to the season in wake of the events in Boston the previous Monday. The emotions on the startline were both somber and optimistic. The running community is truly the strongest that I know of and this was on full display Sunday. The community came out and cheered in the cold for all of us fortunate runners.
In itself, the race was actually uneventful. It was great getting a chance to run through my old neighborhood and the memories were ever-present during the run. The Southern breeze was just stiff enough to be a nuisance for the middle third of the run and (probably) cost me a couple minutes off my finish time (though it did for everyone). Some of the data is below for your enjoyment; you’ll see a very even-tempo for the whole race (which is a very positive takeaway). In all, I finished 5/50 in my age group and was 29th male in the race with a finishing time of: 1:30:29. 1:14:42 won the race, which is about 5 minutes slower than typical, to give you an idea of the conditions for the day. I’m back into getting prepped for the triathlon season and have a few duathlons upcoming. I’m looking forward to (hopefully) riding and running outside without heavy clothes!
The route of the race, through the homeland and a very even-keeled effort: