On March 3rd I ran the St. Patrick’s Day Half Marathon in El Cajon, CA. I think the race organizer needs to check his calendar because St. Patrick’s Day is actually on March 17. I guess they were determined to get the party started early.
This was my first race of the year. I selected this race because I wanted to see how my training was coming along for the Boston Marathon on April 15. I also needed a fast half marathon time (sub 1:36:00) to get entered in a lottery to run the 2020 New York City Marathon, the 50th anniversary of that historic race.
The weather forecast called for drizzle so it was hard to get excited in the days leading up to the race. On race morning I drove through some light rain, but by the time I parked my car the rain had stopped. I was pleasantly surprised that the rain brought some warm air. I decided to race in compression shorts and a singlet. That was perfect as I had a good sweat going after the 1st mile. The course was an out and back. It was pancake flat for the 1st 2+ miles and then we had a couple of hills to break it up. We had a light drizzle at mile 10 for about 10 minutes.
I had a great race as I finished in 1:25:51 (6:33/mile). I placed 1st out of 7 men in the 55-59 age group and I won my age group by 2:45. I placed 14th out of 167 overall finishers as it was a very small field.
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