it was great to get back to the norwalk summer series this weekend. these are some of my favorite races, and were a staple of my summer race calendar. but in recent years i had to miss many of them because of conflicts with the ultras that seemed to take over my schedule! the last time i ran the 3 miler was in 2006 (18:38). what made the return to the summers series kick-off even more special was having katie run it as well (that too was a last minute switch from the her plan to run the "cook your buns" 3 miler the night before)!
when we got there, i saw john and kate (who had run "cook your buns" the night before), emmy (the birthday girl), don (the race director) and a lot more friends: dawn, rob, roy, evan, ikuko, sean, sherry, jeanette, brian, rob i., monica, luis, just to name a few! most were surprised to see katie there for the race! up until the last minute i thought about running the race with her. but i opted to run the race and then double back and run the last mile with her. her goal was to finish under 30 minutes and my goal was a sub-20 finish.
once the race was underway, it wasn't too far into the first mile before i remembered how hilly the course was! luckily, it was only a 3 mile race! my first mile was too fast at 6:15, and i knew it couldn't maintain that pace. but then i slowed down too much for the second, with a 6:39, for a two mile split of 12:54. i picked it up for the last one, and ran a 6:29 to finish in 19:23, a 6:28 pace. i turned right around, made a quick stop to grab my camera from the car, and went to find katie.
she had passed the 2 mile mark, with about 3/4 of mile left to go when i reached her. she was looking good so i ran a bit in front to take some pictures of her on the course. she crossed the finish in 29:58 - just under her 30 minute target! woo hoo! afterwards, we socialized while don compiled and posted the race results. she came in first in her age group! now if i can only get her to run the second, 5 mile, race in the series :D
here are my race photos.