Two years ago I ran the Dowd Y half, and I relived that same race again this year. Motivated by racing buddies Greg and John I signed up the morning of the race. I was surprised to see Sarah Almodovar from Asheville drive down for the half. We exchanged hellos and talked about the new 24 hour race in NC at New Years. The morning was chilly for Charlotte standards with temps in the upper thirties. I felt good in the cold.
After running the first mile with Greg and John we all clocked a 7 min mile, and I decided to let them go while I enjoy this run. The weather could not have been better. I progressively slowed my pace throughout the run. It has been a while since I have run a half marathon, and it felt good to run hard. I finished by 2:25 slower than the last time I ran it two years ago.
After the run we all drove down to the Einstein Bagel and had breakfast.