against the wind
Flight from Buffalo, NY to Jacksonville, FL = $368.04
Airport shuttles= $75.00
Hotel in Jacksonville = $335.61
Competitive 15km = Priceless
Going into the race I, first and foremost, wanted a solid effort over 15km with people to run with, check that off. I also wanted to finish in the top three and run under 44 minutes. I didn’t get the time but, considering the wind (25mph with 40mph gusts) I was happy with 44 minuted and 25 seconds. When the race was running through neighbourhoods and the wind was blocked we we’re able to roll (my middle 5km was 14:27) and once the race got onto the massive bridge we ended up slowing down, myself and Fasil a little more than Carlson and Browne. Speaking of Carlson, he deserved the win and the equalizer bonus as he led most of the race right from the gun. Overall a good weekend and I was happy to have raced my longest distance ever, that will help me out later this season when I run a 10 000m.
Because it’s a USATF championship race I was not able to receive prize money and get expenses covered and for good reason. It also goes both ways, when US guys come up to Canada and beat me I get more prize money. I also didn’t have to pay for everything, Sam from NYRR took myself and a few other guys to dinner on Friday night and the meet Director, Doug, had the elite athletes over to his house on Saturday night for dinner and a nice reception, thanks again guys.
When I got back to Hamilton last night there was another foot of snow on the ground since I left for Jacksonville. A good shovel workout followed a 50 minute run. Now I’m back in Ontario for one week before I head out to Flagstaff on Sunday.
PLACE FINISHER TIME TIME PACE
1 Andrew Carlson, 25, Bloomington, MN 29:21 44:12 4:45
2 Dan Browne, 32, Beaverton, OR 29:22 44:21 4:46
3 Reid Coolsaet, 28, Guelph, ON 29:21 44:25 4:46
4 Fasil Bizuneh, 27, Flagstaff, AZ 29:21 44:29 4:46
5 Brian Sell, 27, Rochester Hills, MI 29:22 44:47 4:48
6 Jason Hartmann, 26, Springfield, OR 29:34 44:57 4:49
7 Bret Schoolmeester, 23, Cornelius, OR 29:45 45:21 4:52
8 Fernando Cabada, 25, Boulder, CO 29:45 45:33 4:53
9 Lucus Humprey, 26, Rochester, MI 29:49 45:35 4:53
10 Brett Gotcher, 24, Flagstaff, AZ 30:02 45:35 4:53
11 Matt Gabrielson, 29, Minneapolis, MN 29:56 45:46 4:55
I swear I’m keeping an eye on the lead pickup truck that we were passing due to the turns in the neighbourhood.