Sunday, June 22, 2008
Gettin' Down in Downers Grove
Thunder, lightning and rain jumped the gun by about 12 minutes on Sunday. It stopped in a couple of minutes and the CARA Circuit 5-miler and accompanying 10-miler went off as scheduled at 7:30. Winners were Dave Wilson, 39, of Brookfield, in 26:27.15, and Michelle Plummer, 31, of Gilberts (PHOTO), in 31:41.40. A lot of key CARA players were there and the hilly course hasn't gotten any easier! I definitely felt the effects of a nine-miler the day before (stupid!), and was about 53 seconds slower than last year with a 34:03. They had a good turnout with many very strong runners seeking CARA points along with some good old glory. I was fifth in boomer-heavy M55-59, and would have been second in M45-49. Go figure. Lesson learned. Don't put in a marathon training run the day before a Circuit race. Amen.