My goal was to finish top 20 according to last years results. 4:30 avg pace 48:00. Last year I ran 51:32.
I arrived early, trying to decide to wear shorts or tights, I wanted to see anyone else wearing shorts. I was almost decided that I would wear tights then I saw DGrant in shorts, that was enough to sway my thoughts and I wore shorts. It turned out to be the prefect decision, it was a beautiful December day.
I lined up at the front, and took off with the rabbits. I hit the 1 mile marker at 5:40!! I didn't look at my Garmin too many times this race, it didn't really matter, from one km to the next the terrain was different, I ran on perceived effort, it also helps that I ran this course a few times before.
I felt good through the rollers, caught up to a few guys that took off too fast. Started up the big hills and held good pace, there was a bag piper at the top of the hill, but I don't really remember him. Finally out of the hills and onto the semi-flats, I knew I was only 3-4km away and the hill part was over, now it was all about getting the pace down and trying to catch a couple more runners.
Finished 44:46 good enough for 2nd place category hardware, a Egg Nog Jog key chain and $35 GC to Feet In Motion.
Smashed my goal!! This time would of landed me 5th place overall last year!!
Fastest km 3:34
Slowest km 5:04
Pretty big range for a 10.8k road race!!
21st overall (one second from top 20)
3rd in my age group 35-40
DGrant and I - Pre-Race pose down
Running Mania gets position up front
Final kick to pass one last runner
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KM Duration Accrued Time[/b]
1 3:34 3:34
2 3:37 7:11
3 4:19 11:30
4 4:18 15:48
5 4:24 20:12
6 5:04 25:16
7 4:38 29:54
8 4:18 34:12
9 4:06 38:18
10 3:58 42:16
10.8 2:26 44:42