Run 1:30:00  13.0 km (6:55 / km) +600m 5:38 / km
shoes: Brooks Cascadia Black
Had another slowish TA - again changed shirt, socks and shorts. Wasn't sure I would even be able to run due to my back and my first attempt at a stride almost left me on the ground due to a back spasm. Walked a bit and then tried again and this time it was fine. Back didn't bother me for the rest of the run. I was surprised that my legs felt OK running. Inevitably this is where I start suffering, the forced easy bike pace must have helped save the legs for the run. Kept a good pace and only walked a few of the steeper hills. It was a hilly run but that is probably good for me. I thought Lina was still 15 minutes in front of me but I was told by one marshal that she was closer. This gave me a rabbit to chase though I never saw her (there was a long out and back but with a lollipop at the end and we were both on the loop - I did see the 2/3rd place guys who were at least 15 minutes behind me). I was suspicious that the run was shorter than the advertised 15km due to the signage on the way out and I was glad to confirm this on the way back. I felt good for 12km then started fading for the last km. Ended up 7 minutes behind Lina. It started rainin quite heavily partway through the run - rather it rained on the ru than on the bike...
Courtney and I won a nice draw prize (inflatable SUP) and I also left the race with an unwanted parting gift of a buggered back. Four days later I am still a gimp and unable to exercise... seems to be getting worse not better:(