I’m sure when the organizers of the first annual Bruckelaufe half-marathon in Frankenmuth, MI selected the date of October 6, they were praying for a cool, clear, bright, fall day. Their prayers were answered. The weather could not have been any better for running. About 40 degrees at the 8:00AM start with almost no clouds. The wind was blowing steady and did pick up throughout the race making some of the mile long stretches out in the fields a bit difficult but that was offset by the brightly colored leaves, farmlands and slightly rolling hills.
As I lined up with the crowd of nearly 600 runners for this inaugural event I was undecided on how hard to run the race. I have another half-marathon in two weeks so I was considering just coasting through the Frankenmuth race as an easy training run. But a couple of miles in I was pacing under 9 minute miles and felt great so I stepped up the pace and decided to set a PR.
As we ran down long country roads and over a dozen bridges I focused on keeping a steady pace and picking off runners ahead of me to pass. The strong wind was slowing others down but I pulling my cap on tighter, looked down and pushed through it feeling especially good when I passed guys that looked like they would be in my age group. Approaching the finish line I kicked into a sprint to pass two guys that had maintained a lead over me for miles. My goal at the start was to break 2 hours and I finished at 1:52:40 so I was pleased. I definitely plan to run the 2nd Annual in 2013.