For the ninth time in the last ten years [2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2006, 2005 and 2004], Sharon, Jack and I ran the Run to Feed the Hungry. We entered in 2007, but I was feeling under the weather and we decided not to run before heading to San Francisco for Thanksgiving.
For the second year in a row, we parked on University Avenue and walked across the Guy West Bridge to the campus. Walking up to the starting line with about five minutes to go before the gun, I had to weave my way up to the timed runners section. In the process, I lost contact with Jack. He caught up with me at about the 1.3 mile mark. Jack tapped me on the shoulder and loped by me. I didn't even try to stay in contact with him…
My time was 52:58 for an average pace of 8:35. My 5k pace was 8:28. My splits were: 1-8:29; 2-8:15; 3-8:35; 4-8:47; 5-8:38, and; 6-8:39. I backed off just a bit in mile 4. Last year, I ran a 53:50 for an average pace of 8:40.
Jack ran the race in 47:38 for a pace of 7:40. Jack's pace for the first 5k was 7:23. Last year, he ran a 50:41 for a pace of 8:10. In an odd twist, Jack ran with Sharon's bib.
The weather was perfect!
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