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Post by twal on Sat Dec 19, 2015 10:09 am

It sounded like a fun idea--a one mile race in a grassy park after dark light up by the light from Christmas decorations. Actually it turned out to be pretty terrifying running on an uneven surface in the dark with minimal lighting.

I was a bit surprised to run a 7:58 even though I tried to be careful. I was 2nd out of 4 in the 60+ age group. The award was a cake-like substance with chocolate chips in it. It was actually pretty good.

I was about 30th out of 50 (official results not yet posted). I was amazed by the quality of the runners at the front of the pack. For example, the women's winner was the state cross-country champ and second was a woman who was 28th in the Div. I NCAA nationals in X-C a few weeks ago. I was in over my head.


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Post by Dave Tuttle on Sun Dec 20, 2015 10:11 am

Nice going Tom!!

I'd be pretty scared of running in the dark too... One wrong step and you end up spending the next year getting over an injury.

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Post by Sumorunner on Sun Dec 20, 2015 1:15 pm

A few years ago I ran in a mile track race and was very pleased with myself to run 8:00.8 at 61, then in the next heat a couple 60 yr olds duked it out for 5:45. This year I had all I could do to break 10.

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Post by haggis basher on Sun Dec 20, 2015 6:40 pm

Well done Tom. Yes, it is very difficult running on grass in the dark, and especially against decent opposition! I am very lucky for my age, as I had two cataracts removed from my eyes last year, and I now have 20/20 vision for long sight, but still need glasses for reading.
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Post by twal on Mon Dec 21, 2015 8:47 am

Brian, you were lucky to get all the way into your 70's before you needed cataract surgery. I had my first one done in my late 50's and the second in my early 60's. I'd be blind by now otherwise.

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