|big finisher medals|
About Operation Jack - The Operation Jack Autism Foundation was founded as a charity in 2009 as a way to honor Jack Felsenfield who was born in 2003 with severe autism. It promotes autism awareness and raises funds for autism related charities.
On to the race - We showed up at the park at 7:25 and picked up our bibs. It was a brisk morning with temps hovering in the 33-34 range. At 7:50, we got some quick prerace instructions and promptly at 8 AM, we were off.
|something for the wall|
Sarah and I ran the first loop together and shortly after completing it, I began to move ahead on my pace and she settled into her's. The laps ticked away and I made certain to call out my number to the counter as I passed him on each lap.
Early in the race, a group of guys took off and by the time I was a lap in, they were a substantial amount ahead of me. Around the 12 mile mark, I began to catch/pass them and was pleasantly surprised to find that I had moved into 3rd for men when I crossed the line to complete Lap 10 at 2:54. Sarah finished 9 laps and was 2nd for women. Instead of trophies or medals for placing, we each received a hand painted oil painting.
The legs felt good. Clipping along at a 10:20-30 pace for that distance does not feel overly taxing and I plan on knocking out the marathon at Camarillo next Sunday to kick off my 2015 year of racing. I used this race to try out a nutrition plan with Gatorade Prime Energy Chews. I ate two right before the start and followed that up with two more every 45 minutes. For hydration, I stuck to my standard Powerade Zero (yep...I mixed Gatorade and Powerade products) but made it a point to drink it at a regular basis starting at the one hour mark with a drink every 30 minutes after that. The plan was pretty simple and is what I will go with next weekend.