May 4th 2014:
The Greater Binghamton Bridge Run half marathon/5K celebrated its four year anniversary today with the field stronger than ever. Over 2,000 runners laced up their running shoes between both events. Runners and spectators were treated to sunshine, wind and temps just a wee bit chilly to call warm for the 0730 half marathon start. I have no idea what possessed me to wear a singlet but I did. I was freezing! However shortly after I was into my first mile things improved, by the second mile or so my hips and groin were sore as all heck. I’ve been dealing with some issues and recently discovered I have a major pronation issue in my right foot. I’m in good hands with my chiropractor and hope to be healed soon enough in order to train for the New York City Marathon.
At this point in the race I have blocked the discomfort and began focusing on enjoying the atmosphere that I had been surrounded in. I really enjoyed this course quite a lot actually, it was mostly flat and fast. I was able to keep a nice pace for most of the race but around mile ten I was really feeling the discomfort. I was able to finish strong with a 1:34:25 half marathon time, there would be no PR today but considering I ran strong. Most importantly I had fun and I got to see some friends.