I took James (fiddy) up to the race this morning which was a mistake! haha just kiddin James. James, Jon, Matt and I did a 2 mile watrmup and I felt really good on the warmup which isnt normal. I started the race a bit fast I think but James, Paul Pilkington, Tim and I stayed together for the first mile. 5:55 with some up hill. The second mile James took off and Paul went after him. Tim and I stayed together. 5:17 with steep downhill. The third mile I got into a comfortable pace and James and Paul were still pulling away. 5:43. The 4th mile is preping us for the big hill to come and I didnt want to push it just yet. 5:54 with some rollers. The 5th mile is what I so famously like to call the bastard! It brings grown men like myself to our knees! I decided to push it. I had a thought in my head to push up the hills and downhills hard and use the flats for a break. Yeah right there is no flat in this race. 6:29 all up hill! Mile 6 was more up hill and then gave us a downhill break and thats when I caught Paul Pilkington but he dropped out of the race there I guess. He's a great strong runner! 6:29 less steepness in that mile, but I was tired. Mile 7 Ohhh mile 7! Just when you thought the bastard at mile 5 grabbed hold of your soul and sucked the life out of you, mile 7 was worse. I felt like I was going to go upside down at some point because the hill went straight up and I thought backwards a bit. lol 7:02 very hard! Mile 8 I had James in my sight on the hill and was gaining on him and then he was solid gone becuase we then make a turn and run downhill. 5:12 and I felt great! Mile 9 had a little woopdie doo in it that just nipped at my calves a bit but a continuation of down hill. 5:38. Mile 10 This last mile is where you would like to cut the course so bad! You see the finish line in the parking lot as your running up a hill but they make you run around the block first up a pretty good incline and then it drops you about your last 1/3 mile into the parking lot. I did a 6:16 on the last mile and took 2nd overall and Hey, I beat Trevor! Holy crap! not to get a big head, but he told me I could brag about a Trevor defeat! haha Im kidding Trevor, I dont need a humility leason on the next race. Just let me bask in this for a few weeks. lol It was a great day today. Im looking forward to the half marathon in a couple of weeks. This is Walter Brown------Good Day!P S I forgot to mention I did a 4 mile cool down with the boys. Since im 10 years older than most of them I think I can get away with calling them the boys.