Let me start by saying that if you’ve never raced in the dark (at night) do it! I really enjoyed this little switch up to the normal racing scene. You can’t see your splits (although they had clocks at each mile marker), you can’t see your fellow racers, unless they are right next to you, and you can’t really even see much of what’s coming. Sensory deprivation at its best for data hungry running geeks!
By some big stroke of luck, after a week where temps were well above 100 most days, we got a freakishly cool and rainy day for the Twilighter. I was really happy about this because it was my first race this year without above normal temps. I also got a chance to catch up with my friend Sue, see plenty of Howard County Striders, and meet up with Alison of Racing Tales, a FitFluential friend. I felt like I knew Alison already from plenty of virtual exchanges, but meeting her in person just confirmed to me that we are like-minded souls. And she ripped off a really nice race, too–congrats Alison!
So how did the actual race itself go? Not great, but not horrible, either. It was fairly far off my “normal” 8k time, but an improvement over my last race, so I’ll call it progress. Check out my video for more details (and I know I have bags under my eyes, but gees–goggle marks from just getting out of pool make it all the more winning!):
So as you can see, I still have some work to do, but I feel like I’m moving forward, and that’s what counts.
Anyone else race this weekend? How did it go?