The Road Warrior Running program keeps track of your stats (only if you sign-up), gives you a rating based on a few of your last races, then gives you points for surpassing your rating in your next race (if the race is a Road Warrior sanctioned race).
So apparently, my rating was 31:06 (a 5k-equivalent at race time) and my 28:30 finish meant I beat my rating by 2:36. Which was the highest "beat" in all the Road Warriors taking part in this race. I improved quite a bit in this run. So much so that my coach has painfully increased my paces across the board - ouch!
So what did I win?
I had a choice of a tote bag or a technical hat. So I went with the hat.
But I am unworthy. I knocked out some very good runners from winning stuff. Runners that improved nearly as much as I did. It was a bit of a fluke for me, as I'm not good enough to gain points in this. I only run about 9 races a year and not all of them are Road Warrior ones. I'm no ware in the standings ... one guy runs a race every weekend and had 170-ish points. I've got 12!
Anyway, my wife was way more happy when she discovered the voice mail on our home phone as well.
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Here's some race photos from the event photographer ... there were a bunch ... I picked the ones that looked flattering. In all photos - very good news - absolutely no heel strike!