Today I did the last race of the Norwalk Summer Series, Sam Elpern Half Marathon. The race was rescheduled to today because of the pending storm last week.
I got to the race site at about 6:40 because I was helping out with registration. I must say registration went well, I was a little skeptic at first. We had a box with preregistered and fully paid bibs, A-J box and K-Z box, these were the people that had ran one of the races but did not preregister but a bib was there for them. The table with blank applications also contain a list with names and bib numbers which would make the process much easier when they come to us.
I tell you the best way to put faces with names is to help out with registration. I've help out a few times and sometimes you get that ah ha moment.
I felt a little sluggish at first, mostly because I did not go to bed as early as I should have. The humidity was there, I felt earlier when I help Don carry water bottles over to the water stand across from the school, but fortunately we did not have the sun beating down at us and it was a tad bit better than last Saturday. The race went well a double loop with a hill at miles 5 and 11 yes the same hill, this is where I saw Emmy, Frank, and Gail, at the water stop. I run the area on most of my training runs . This, of course is my first half (2002) & PR Half (2003) and I've been steadily going down hill time wise ever since. I'm trying my best not to dwell on the past and move on.
2008-2:07:19 series overall 40-49 4th
2007-2:08:08 Series overall 40-49 3rd
2006-2:04:26 Series overall
2005-1:59:28 Series Overall 40-49 3rd
2004-2:00:48 seroes Overall 30-2nd
2003-1:51:28 my PR in the half / series overall 30-39 1st place
2002-2:05:47 my first half
I received a little trophy for running all the races in the series, 3,5,7,9,11 &13.1
I felt great after New Haven 20K Last week today I felt good so this is a good sign that things will get better.
Thank you Don for allowing me to help today and best of luck to you and Emmy at the Queens half tomorrow!!