Sunday, March 6, 2011

Crown Hill 3 Miler

Ran the Trophy Series 3 miler with my running club today (Rocky Mt. Road Runners).

Perfect racing weather - by the time the race started I had stripped down to just tights and a light long sleeved shirt. It's a handicapped race which means that based on your previous times you are given a start time delay - the goal being to have the slower runners start first / faster runners last / and have everyone finishing at the same time. It's motivational to have the pack actually thicken as the race progresses rather than the other way around.

I was shooting for splits of 6:30 / 6:25 / 6:20 - instead ran 6:24 / 6:35 / 6:34 - couldn't quite break a 6:30 pace, and I really gave it all I could. Checked in with my body several times during the race and the answer was the same; that's all we got baby. I passed lots of folks - including one younger guy that went out fast and passed me in the first mile (felt good about that). Only got passed by two rabbits at the end. I hooked on the second guys heels into the chute. I might have been able to out sprint him, but on a bike path width and a lot of folks in the finish area, that's just not cricket.

Afterward did a couple laps as a cool down through the park for a total of 10 miles for the day.

Crown Hill really is a beautiful park. Great place to run with paved trails, a couple lakes, a wildlife reserve, and a winding dirt trail throughout as well. 26th and Kipling for those that are local here.

Anywhoooo.... good day racing. Tomorrow is an 'off' day. Maybe do some yoga.

1 comment:

runlongkatie said...

Good job, Kevin. Those seem like good splits to me!