Justin picked me up early, and we were off to Narragansett. We registered and walked around for a bit before returning to his truck to get ready for a warm up. Unbelievably, it was still over an hour before the start. We fidgeted until we couldn't take it anymore, and headed out to run the course. It was a sunny day, but a tad chilly - mid 30's. I've gotten so used to the warm winter weather this year that these conditions felt cold to me. The wind was light and variable - or so it seemed - it always felt in your face. I was planning to race in short sleeves, but I never got warm on the warm up, so I left my warmer clothes on. We noticed a good number of fit and fast looking runners also out on the course. Back at registration, we found our teammates Jeff, Tom, and Steve, and then made our way over to the starting line. I chose to not toe the line, trying to play it smart, and ended up in the 2nd row, right behind last year's winner Will Sanders. Tom, Justin, and Jay S were on my right. Before I knew it, the race was on.
I picked it up as the course descended back to Ocean Road. I seemed to be stuck in my position with no one that close in front or behind. I managed to smile as I passed my wife and kids:
I was really pleased with my time. It wasn't a PR, but close enough (10 seconds). This race let me feel confident again about my running. It was fun chatting with my teammates and friends about our races afterwards. Justin set another PR and finished in the top 10. Jeff almost broke 18 minutes. I think Jay said his time was a PR. I left to meet up with my family before I knew the team results. I later learned that WTAC finished in first place! Going in, I thought that we would be battling for 2nd place, so this was a big surprise. See team results and pictures here.
Finally, I had to include this picture my wife took of Jeff in gazelle mode: