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Run Barbados Race update.
A mere 5 minutes into the race I felt like complete crap. I’m going to blame that on the heat, my 5.5 hour flight yesterday and the fact that I haven’t run for a week. At that point I was fading quickly from the two Kenyan leaders and had a couple of other Kenyans on my heels. A couple of km later I was clear of 4th and gaining fast on 2nd place. The dude out front was just hammering!
By 7km (21:00) I thought I had 2nd place wrapped up and started to go in cruise mode however, the guy who had been in 4th was pacing himself pretty well and it looked like he was gaining. Around 8km the crowd erupted with cheer as a guy blew right by me. I was completely shocked but I quickly realized this guy was wearing cargo shorts, no shirt and a big beard. He was just some local who was screwing around. He lasted about 50 meters and as he was slowing I tried to give him a high-five but he stopped pretty quickly. Then I sped up for a few minutes to make sure I had second place wrapped up in 30:10. The guy who won (Robert Letting 28:53) was on a whole other level today. Even if I had been training this past month and had been here for a few days I’m pretty confident I would have still finished second, I just would have challenged him for a bit.
My foot wasn’t too bad during the race but after a quick cool-down it started to feel quite sore. No more running for two weeks. When I signed up for this race weekend I initially thought I was going to double back in the 1/2 marathon for some extra cash. With this foot injury I didn’t even bother picking up my race number. After finishing the race and being completely spent from the heat I would NOT have raced the 1/2 anyways. The 1/2 starts 12 hours after the 10km and with this heat it would not be a smart idea to double up. In general I would recommend people coming down here for a destination race however, stick with the 10km or the 1/2 marathon, not both and not the full marathon unless you love the heat or just like completing marathons in exotic places.
Well after the whole flight debacle (see previous blog) I still came out on top this weekend. With a sweet trophy to boot!