I wasn't sure how hard I would run here. I was slowly getting my mojo back after getting a little overfizzled and had a decent moderate workout a few days before. But moderate workouts don't really show the chinks in your armor, so I wasn't sure how my body would respond to the intensnity. However, my goal was to run around 10k effort and then see where that took me.
I was one of the first people there and started out on a warm-up of a few miles. I got to the starting line a few minutes before the race started and there were a lot more people. When the race finally started, the usual youngans' started out really hard. After a couple hundred meters I finally took the lead and tried to get a fast but slightly controlled effort.
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Fortunately, the uphill was now a downhill and I was gaining back a ton of time. I was using my GPS to see my current pace (rarely ever use it in a race) and saw that I was under 4:30 pace for almost half of a mile. I felt like my shot at sub 15, while running at 10k effort, was coming back in my favor.
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I made the turn back into the Streets and had to run up a long, ever so slight hill. I started to get pretty tired towards the end of it but once it was done, I knew I would recover quickly. After making the final turn, I saw the clock and knew sub 15 was about to become a reality.
I crossed the line in 14:50 (4:40 last mile) and felt good at the end. It was a huge confidence booster and made me feel like I was getting back on track. A kid I coached for 1.5 years in high school, Tyler Taplin, finished second overall and another former athlete, Eric Rangel, was towards the front as well. I may have whooped them today but they are insanely smart and will have the last laugh in a few years, come paycheck day.
The post-race refreshments were really good (I will say that about any race that serves fruit snacks) and then my expectations were exceeded when they brought out Chik-fil-A chicken biscuits. I then did a five mile cooldown and came back just in time for the awards, where I gladly claimed my 52 Chik-fil-A vouchers.
This is an excellently run race that I see really growing in the future. While the course is certified, my only gripe is that they only closed off one lane of a four lane road, so it was hard to run the tangents (had 3.20 on my Garmin, when a certified course is usually around 3.16 or so) but they said next year, they will close off the entire side.
I really enjoyed this race overall and plan to come back next year. For a first year race (I'm pretty sure it was their first year), they did a better job than many annual races do. It's definitely a race to check out next year. I'm also burning through the vouchers so quickly, that I'm now well recognized there.