My goal for this race was to be under 55 minutes.
The course was fairly flat and had a few dirt road portions. Because of the rain we were having all of Thanksgiving week they had to change some of the dirt road portions so it wouldn't turn into a mud run. The changes actually made the course a perfect 6 miles instead of the 10k distance of 6.2 miles.
Mile 1 - 8:30 min/mile pace
I started off fast and was feeling good. I knew I would have to slow it down a little though.
Mile 2- 8:45 pace
Mile 3- 8:46 pace
Slowed down and felt surprisingly comfortable at this pace.
Mile 4 - 8:31 pace
Race was more than half over so I started to speed up and try to pass a few runners I had been following.
Mile 5 - 8:17 pace
I caught up with a young speedster, he must have been embarrassed that a fat old guy caught him so he picked up his pace and I hung on for as long as I could.
Mile 6 - 8:30 pace
Pushed the last mile but had no chance of passing anyone else.
Official finish time: 51:04
Place overall: 9 out of 34.
Age group: 2nd place
Projected time if it were full distance is 53:10 so I would have beat my goal.
|I got 2nd 30-39 age group my Brother got 3rd in 20-29|
|I always look goofy. I really am not photogenic.|
I had an awesome race. Especially the 2nd place in my age group. There was a 3rd place so I know there were at least 3 of us out there.
The great thing about local races in the community is that they usually are cheaper and they usually benefit the local area directly. So I recommend everyone to participate and support your local races.