Monday, December 5, 2016

California International Marathon (Race Recap)

Sacramento,  CA
Sunday, December 4
Marathon #30
Weather - Overcast and chilly

After running the California International Marathon in the 2012 monsoon, Heather really wanted to run it again, in better weather. We were originally registered to run in 2015, but after a lack of training, we deferred to 2016.

Saturday

A was already at Heather's house, I had taken her over the night before. I got up a bit later than I should have, made coffee, and drove to the off-site lot to drop off the car. I arrived at the airport a little over an hour before my flight, but security was a breeze, so it was no big deal. Charged my phone a bit before boarding, and even though I was in "B," managed to get a window seat in the second row. Now that Netflix has the download option, I was able to watch the Amanda Knox documentary and the first episode of Bates Motel. Both were good.

Heather had already landed and was waiting outside my gate. We took an Uber to the host hotel, the Sheraton across from the finish, and checked in. We went to the expo and picked up our packets without any issues.
Phew! I actually registered!
"California fall" outside the convention center - this is the last quarter mile of the course
Neither of us had eaten, so we walked to The Patio and got lunch. Mmmm, mac and cheese and cornbread.
We were both pretty tired so we went back to the hotel and watched TV until about 5 when it was time to walk to meet some of my teammates for dinner at The Waterboy. The food was good, but it was a lot pricier (and more fancy) than I expected. Ah well.
Sunset from our hotel room
Spent the rest of the evening getting gear ready and watching TV. Lights out around 9.

Sunday, Race Day

Alarm was set for 4:40. However, I hadn't slept well and had gotten up around 4:15. By the time the alarm went off I was ready to go. We made coffee in the room and walked down the street to the shuttle bus pick up at the convention center at 5:00 am. The bus ride sure seemed long, and NOTHING looked familiar. Had we really run this before??
A billion buses and a California sunrise
We stayed on the bus until about 15 minutes before the race started. I had been using my addaday massager on my right calf all day Saturday because it was crazy tight and achy after my crazy training session with Junko on Thursday. We used the bathroom, I picked up gloves off the ground since I had accidentally left mine on the bus (wah!!) and squeezed in around the 5:08 pace group. 5:08 pace group? Such a weird time!
Start line
The first 5 or so miles were fine. We were running a fairly comfortable pace. I was pleased that my calf did not seem to be acting up. Shortly after the section aid station (maybe mile 5.5), Heather asked if I minded if we started a run/walk. I did not mind, and we began doing 4:1 intervals. This worked well for the next few miles. We saw Libby working the aid station at mile 8.4 (random to see a friend from Texas working an aid station in California), and kept going. We adjusted the run/walk a bit for aid stations and hills.
So pretty!
Turns out, Heather was NOT imagining chickens on the course (we saw them around mile 9 I think). Then, we saw a guy with two goats spectating. Of course we had to get a picture with them, HOW COULD YOU NOT?? We seemed a lot more excited than the goats, though.
GOATS!!! PET GOATS!!!
There was  nice downhill after mile 10, and I made a comment that it was unfortunate that we had a walk break on the awesome downhill. That was when Heather told me that her left hip was bothering her and that running downhill was actually pretty painful. Uh oh. I've been there. I asked her if she wanted to walk a bit more, and she joked that maybe she would just quit. We did a few more intervals, and there was a climb near mile 12 where she said that she was indeed quitting. Oh no! I asked her if she was serious about quitting, if it was that bad. If she planned on just a lot of walking I had  no problems staying with her, but I did want to finish. She said the pain had spread to her IT band and that walking also hurt so she was going to walk to the relay exchange and stop. :(

Dang! Bummer! I told her I would text her later and hoped she felt better and moved on. I felt pretty good for a while, stopping around mile 16 to use the bathroom (the only one on the whole course that did not seem to have a line). Somewhere around mile 19 or so, my lack of road running and actual distance running caught up with me. I decided I would attempt to do intervals, running 5 or 6 minutes with a quick walk break.
At the "wall" around mile 20
The last "hill" - bridge at mile 22ish
This worked pretty good until maybe mile 23. I was really done by then. It was a lot colder than I had anticipated, and while I normally do really well in colder weather, I just felt... well, cold. I didn't want to put gloves on, but I kinda wished I had worn arm sleeves.
Action shot from Heather just before mile 26
I sent Heather a text at mile 24 to let her know that I was close, and she said she would be near the finish line. The last mile of the course seemed to go on forever.
There was a big blue arch that you would THINK indicated the end, but NO. The sign right after said mile 26, yet when I crossed the finish line I was closer to 26.5. The race has the strangest finish line ever, with men and women finishing in different chutes.
Got my medal and then met up with Heather. Thankfully, she had brought my jacket. We went and got some post-race food and beers before heading back to the hotel. I actually was not able to finish my brunch, which was weird because I was REALLY hungry the last few miles of the race.
This is actually a breakfast burrito, NOT a panini
Showered and checked out at 3:00. We didn't head to the airport until 5, and I was very sad to see my flight was delayed. By the time I got to the airport, picked up A, and got home it was 1:20 in the morning.  Blah.

Official Time - 5:14:23
Official 10K - 1:10:24
Official 13.1 - 2:35:29
Official 20 Mile - 3:57:31
Overall Place - 5186/6174
Gender Place - 2227/2838
Division Place - 401/505

Thoughts:
  • The race caps at 7,500 runners. According to results, there were about 1,300 runners that either didn't start the race, or didn't finish. The race does allow deferrals, I believe it cost another $40 to register, on top of whatever we paid last year.
  • Expo is in a nice, spacious location at the convention center. Packet pick up was a breeze. There were not too many vendors I was interested in. Unsure what parking would have cost if we hadn't been able to just walk there.
  • The shuttles are organized incredibly well. They were loaded efficiently and got us all to the race in plenty of time.
  • PLENTY of port-o-potties. Supposedly they had 300! We only waited a few minutes to use one. They also had quite a few on the course, there were always lines for those though.
  • The course is very runnable - I didn't find any of the hills very long or unmanageable. 
  • Tons of aid stations. More sparse in the beginning, with two sections where there was more than 3 miles between them. By the second half they were pretty much every mile - 17 aid stations in all. Plenty of volunteers, with Nuun and water. There were also a few "food" stations - some had GU, bananas, oranges and even baked goods.
  • Every mile was marked, with a handful of timing mats on the course. Lots of crowd support and music and "energy."
  • Medal is big, but not very interested. Kind of wish the cityscape had a more "bold" outline.
  • Nice, long sleeve and gender specific shirt.
  • Finish are is a cluster. Super crowded. And the beer was non-alcoholic.
  • Would I run again? No. But it's more because it was just "meh" to me, and I've now run it twice. Too many marathons to run this one a third time.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Broomfield Turkey Day 10K (Race Recap)

Thursday, November 22
Broomfield, CO
Weather - Sunny and WIIIIIINDY

A and I had registered for the Broomfield Turkey Day 10K in January. Because it totally makes sense to sign up for a race 10 months in advance if it's cheaper, right?

I had run the 10K a few times when A was smaller and not racing, and last year, A and I ran the 5K with Heather in the freezing cold ice and snow. A had chosen to do the 10K this year, and I was a bit concerned since she hadn't been running that much. As the date approached, I remember asking her "you know you wanted to run the 10K, right?" She seemed fine.

The race didn't start until 9:00, and only being about 15 minutes away, we didn't have to get up that early. We were out the door by 7:45 and parked by 8. First thing of note - IT WAS FREAKING WINDY. We sat in the car for a few minutes until we decided we might as well pick up our bibs. The line was pretty long and as soon as we got our numbers we went back to the car and turned on the heater.

Shockingly, Heather had gotten lost getting to the race, so we didn't meet up until about 10 minutes before the race started, in the bathroom line. We all planned to run together, and luckily, by the time we started the wind died down a bit.
Pre-race
The 10K was not the same course I had run (3?) years ago, it was now a double loop course (and I think reverse direction of the 5K we ran last year. Anyway, the first aid station was about a mile in. We took a drink, and walked a bit. The next section, along Midway, was a gradual uphill and a headwind.
Yep - GO ME!!
A started to lose steam on the gradual hill up Sheridan, but I reminded her that the sooner we got done running, the sooner we could leave to go to Friendsgiving for #allthefood and pumpkin cheesecake. There was only the one aid station on the course, so we didn't get more water until after mile 4. It had warmed up, so I had taken off my hoodie (and felt fine). Around mile 5, A was a few yards ahead of me and Heather, and I looked at my watch and realized that as long as she kept moving, she would get a decent PR. She did pretty well running from miles 5-6 and then took a walk break right as we were turning the corner at mile 6. Then she looked at me and Heather and bolted off. Even with my "sprint," she still beat us by a decent amount. She is really fast when she wants to be.

We saw Lisa in the finisher area, got our medals, and then got a random stranger to get a team picture. Heather and Lisa both had to head out pretty quickly, but A and I stuck around a bit trying to get her official time. We finally just grabbed some free Noosa (pumpkin and blackberry serrano) and then headed home.

Official Time - 1:08:12 (A's sprint netted her a PR of 1:07:54!)
Overall Place - 299/377
Gender Place - 53/72
Mile 1 - 10:09
Mile 2 - 12:01
Mile 3 - 11:09
Mile 4 - 10:51
Mile 5 - 12:09
Mile 6 - 10:30
Mile 6.2 - 8:33

Thoughts:

  • This race has definitely improved over time. The 5K starts after the 10K, but it was enough of a break in between the two that there was no congestion, and the section where the courses "merged," the 10K was moved onto the wide sidewalk, which really helped. The double loop course was fine.
  • I think the shirt was fine, but this race offers $5 off registration if you don't take a shirt, so I have done that the last few years.
  • Medals for both distances.
  • Pretty decent selection of vendors at the start/finish (and Noosa is my favorite!)
  • There was a bit of a snafu with results for the 10K being posted, but they were available online pretty much the second we crossed the finish line, so that was fine.
  • Would I run this again? Probably. It's close, it's long enough that it's worth getting up for, and it doesn't cost very much.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Dead Horse 50K (Race Recap)

Moab, UT
Saturday, November 19
Ultra Marathon #20
Weather - Sunny and chilly


I signed up for Mad Moose's Dead Horse 50K sort of spur of the moment. Everyone knows how much I love Moab, and when I saw the trucker hat I could be getting I was sold. I know, a HAT convinced me to race... I was still unsure which distance I wanted to run, but once the race director said it was "easier" than Behind the Rocks, I decided to sign up for the 50K instead of the 30K.

Our hotel was only about 10 minutes from the start line, so I didn't need to get up until 5:30 to be out the door and at the start at 6 for a 7 a.m. start. It was PITCH BLACK when I first pulled up. I used the bathroom and then went over to the start tent, grabbed a Noosa and then went back to sit in the car. I always forget just how cold it can be in the desert. Sat in the warmth until about 10 minutes before the start. Used the bathroom one more time, said a quick hello to Milan, and then off we went.

The course started on a wide dirt road that ran parallel to 191 for about 3/4 of a mile before we turned west and headed UP... a lot of walking in this section. About mile two we got a nice downhill for awhile, arriving at the first aid station around mile 4.5. I stopped long enough for a small cup of coke, headed up the hill for more climbing.

The glorious downhill running!

The climb leaving the aid station
I spent a few minutes chatting with a guy named John, who spent a while trying to convince me to register for Squaw Peak 50. We managed to miss a turn because we weren't paying attention, but luckily realized it after a minute and didn't get too off track. We arrived at the next aid station at mile 7.5, where the 50K runners would do a big 13.5 mile loop.


I guess I really like pictures of dead trees?

I had worn my team jacket because it was REALLY chilly at the start, and I actually kept it on for probably the first ten miles, then I shoved it in the back of my pack. I remember none of this. There was some single track, there was some climbing. There was a LOT of slick rock. Hit the "halfway" aid station at Gemini Bridges, stopping for nothing, and then down the Magnificent 7 trail. Took lots of pictures. Lots of run/walk intervals. Shortly before arriving back at the aid station at Arth's Corner, I rolled my ankle a bit on a downhill - which hurt A LOT. Sadly more walking than I would have liked.




The raven
The  course then merged with the 30K course. Loop around until we got back to the "first" aid station. And then I remembered that there was going to be a LOT of climbing for the next couple miles. It was also a lot colder on the way back. This section was now in the shade and I had to put my gloves back on. On the descent I ran (a bit slower than I would have liked, but it was pretty rocky). Run/walk on the flat road part to the finish.
Free race pic - as I'm leaving the last aid station
Very pleased with my time, third fastest 50K, and had I been paying more attention (and not rolled my ankle), probably could have taken ten or so minutes off my time. Looked around for teammates, but didn't see anyone. Got a random person to take a finisher pic with my cowbell (sadly, the same one as I got at Behind the Rocks).


Official Time - 7:12:54 (must just be gun time)
Overall Place - 140/162
Garmin Time - 7:12:31
Garmin Distance - 29.44 miles
Elevation Gain - 2,818 feet
Miles 1-5 - 12:36, 16:14, 10:38, 11:09, 13:37
Miles 6-10 - 14:26, 14:51, 15:36, 14:34, 12:34
Miles 11-15 - 13:2, 16:13, 14:05, 16:18, 16:05
Miles 16-20 - 14:30, 13:45, 15:17, 14:52, 15:56
Miles 21-25 - 14:31, 15:30, 116:12, 15:41, 17:16
Miles 26-finish - 15:25, 16:32, 15:34, 13:18, 13:25

Thoughts:

  • Aid stations seemed well-stocked, but to be honest, all I took was coke or mountain dew. For the first time, I took ZERO food from an aid station. I had brought my own food (peanut butter filled pretzels, beef jerky, Lara Bar bites and Honey Stinger chews), and had no desire for anything else. I used Nuun in my new Orange Mud endurance pack. The 2L bladder held plenty of fluids, and I could carry all my junk in the front pockets. There were plenty of volunteers, and they all seemed to know where we were on the course, which was helpful to me since I had looked at NOTHING course related prior to running.
  • The shirt is a cotton tee, but it is pretty nifty and I'll wear it again. We also got the super cool trucker hat - which I've probably already worn a half-dozen times.
  • I kinda wish there was a medal, but I suppose I "win" having a gorgeous course to run on for that long.
  • As for the course - DEFINITELY easier and less technical than Behind the Rocks. Maybe 500 feet less of climbing, but nothing as sketch as Jacob's Ladder. I personally would all this almost 100% runnable. (If I were the type of person to actually RUN an entire ultra).
  • Finish line had enchiladas and rice, and was delicious. Other than that - pretty low key for a finish area.
  • Free race pics that were posted within a few days on Facebook.
  • I know this is a painfully sparse recap, but it was over a week ago - I shouldn't wait so long! Really what I remember the most is that behind my ears really hurt. I was wearing an ear warmer AND a trucker hat, and I think the combination with sunglasses was squishing something. But I can't live without sunglasses!
  • Would I run this again? Heck yeah.

Friday, November 11, 2016

ERS Ambassador

Months ago I stopped blogging unless it was to recap a race. I'm making an exception to briefly write about my ambassadorship with Endurance Race Series. I was selected for 2016 in January and was able to run the half marathon distance at all races throughout the year. I am overjoyed to have been asked to return as an ambassador for another year. What does this mean for you, my readers? More race recaps and... DISCOUNTS.

The discount I have is posted on my sidebar, but here it is too: WALKER15

What can you use the discount on? Anything:



Whether you want to register for just one race or go for the big one - the season pass, my discount will give you 15% off any listed price.

Let me give you a brief recap of what Endurance Race Series offers:
  • Ten races throughout the year. I have run all except one, the newest addition, Silverthorne (which I'm sure will be gorgeous). 
  • Urban trails and mountain trails. Everything from very beginner friendly to a course that will have you hunched over and humbled.
  • You can register for each race independently.
  • You can register for a front range pass, which will get you into all the urban/local races.
  • Mountain pass, which registers you for some of the most breathtaking courses Colorado can offer.
  • The season pass (in both 10K and half marathon distances) signs you up for ALL TEN. Season pass holders get a ton of EXTRA goodies.
  • Right now, the BEST deal is the pick 6. Just like it sounds, you pick either 6 half marathons or 6 10K's. Any 6. (But it has to be 6). The package is marked down 25% of single race entry prices, and then my discount stacks ON TOP OF THAT. So yeah, you can run 6 10K races $141.69 or 6 half marathons for $256.71 (all fees included). WHAT. That's quite the deal! (Disclaimer: After all races are selected you proceed to a checkout screen where you select your shirt size and you'll need to enter my code for each of the 6 races, but that's worth it to save another 15%, right?)
As far as swag goes, the ERS cannot be beat.
  • Gender specific tech tees.
  • HUGE medals. And speaking of medals, medals for ALL distances - even the 5K!
  • Post-race after party, open until the last finisher crosses. Burgers, snacks and beer (well, at most of the races).
  • Chip timed.
  • Walker friendly (usually with early start options).
I'd love to get the word about - feel free to use my discount code all year long, and share the race schedule. 

Hope to see you there - and feel free to comment or get in touch with me if you have any questions or concerns. Happy trails!

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Backcountry Wilderness Half Marathon (Race Recap)

Saturday, November 5
Highlands Ranch, CO
Half marathon #157
Weather - overcast and warm
This was my 4th time running the Backcountry Wilderness half marathon down in Highlands Ranch. I had registered back in April for a mere $50. Having run this race before, I knew it was risky to register for a November trail race, but I went for it anyway. Heather decided to join in this year, since she had missed last year.

A had spent the night with a friend, so it was easy to be out the door by 7:15 and parked around 8:00. The line for packet pick-up was a little long, so I got in line for that first. I saw Lisa while in line and we chatted for a bit. On the way to the Runners Roost tent I saw an Orange Mud tent??? I have been an ambassador for Orange Mud for a few years now and have never had the opportunity to meet Josh (owner and innovator, recently moved to the Denver suburbs).
Me and Josh (this was actually taken post-race)
We talked for a few minutes, then I of course had to get through the bathroom line. I dropped my stuff off at the car and found Heather at the Roost tent.
Decided to start in the back of wave 3 and hope for the best. After completing the October barre challenge I had taken some days off and my legs had felt really good on my last few training runs. SADLY THAT DID NOT TRANSFER OVER INTO MY RACE. (This was probably foreshadowing of the plague that I would later be sick with on Monday).

Anyway, the first mile is on pavement and has a relatively steep hill. I was telling Heather that walking up the hill was allll part of the plan. What was NOT part of the plan was all the walking we would end up doing throughout the race. Dang.
Somewhere around mile 2.5 or 3
The course is not technical, and it's actually pretty fun to run, when your legs are up to it. There are only three aid stations on the course, but I carried my Orange Mud handheld and had plenty of fluids. It was surprisingly warm on the course, especially through the first couple aid stations. When we got on the single track section around mile 8, I unfortunately got stuck in front of two women that talked NON-STOP about baby showers and being pregnant and planning for their baby. It was pretty much torture. I finally slowed down and jumped off the trail just so I wouldn't have to hear it anymore.
Single track leading up to the last aid station
The last aid station is at mile 11 and I remembered that it was a nice downhill until the finish (except for that horrible hill at the very end). Unfortunately, neither one of us really had anything in the tank. We were running (slowly), but neither of us felt great.
Photo taken by a teammate
I did run up the whole hill to the finish, although Heather smoked me to the actual finish line. A very disappointing finish time for me, 25 minutes slower than last year, womp womp womp.

Official Time - 2:43:18
Overall Place - 668/820
Gender Place - 319/435
Division Place - 123/158
Garmin Time - 2:43:21
Garmin Distance - 12:96 miles
Mile 1 - 11:53
Mile 2 - 13:27
Mile 3 - 11:38
Mile 4 - 13:53
Mile 5 - 13:13
Mile 6 - 13:03
Mile 7 - 11:35
Mile 8 - 12:29
Mile 9 - 11:11
Mile 10 - 16:08
Mile 11 - 13:18
Mile 12 - 11:27
Mile 13 - 10:33

Thoughts:

  • This is a great event. I've been lucky to have had great weather three out of four years. If I am in town, I will run this one again for sure (and register early for a fantastic price).
  • Course is very well marked, no issues getting lost on this one.
  • Three aid stations, all had plenty of volunteers, water and Nuun. I don't recall if there was food or not. I used only one package of Honey Stinger chews all day.
  • The race shirt is super cute - long sleeve with the logo on the front, sponsors and course map on the back. 
  • Last year we got a coffee mug in our swag bag (and I use it every morning for my cup of coffee). This year we got a glass - not a pint glass, almost looks like a mason jar. Super cute.
  • The medal is awesome, and doubles as a bottle opener!
  • They had Flippin' Flapjacks (which is always great), and beer from Living the Dream brewery (also good).
  • The only "bad" part of this race is that there is no assigned parking lot for use. In the first year I ran we were able to park at the neighboring rec center, but that has not been allowed the last few years. Parking is in residential neighborhoods and can be frustrating, so allow extra time so you don't have to park really far away.
  • There were more port-o-potties this year, which has been an issue in the past.
  • Definitely would recommend, I'll likely return next year!

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Rock 'n' Roll Denver Half Marathon (Race Recap)

Sunday, October 16
Denver, CO
Half marathon #156
Weather - Sunny and warm
Every year I say I'm not going to run the Rock 'n' Roll Denver again, and then they do a super cheap registration. For the 2016 race, I registered on October 20, 2015 (two days after the race) for $50 plus a $7.99 processing fee. Have I mentioned how much I hate processing fees?

Expo

The expo was held again at the National Western Complex. Parking is $5, which is super annoying. The venue is not the best for an expo. A and I went to the expo on Friday afternoon, however, and it wasn't too busy. And it was WAY better than last year. We spent over an hour walking around and talking to people. We both got fun Halloween Injinji socks, and NOTHING else.

Race Day

In 2015 I had parked at the garage I use for work because it's freeeee. However, I remember having issues getting in and out with road closures. A few days before I looked at the road closure map and decided I didn't want to screw around with it. Instead, I planned on meeting up with Heather at her dad's office and walking over. We made plans to meet at 6:00, and I left the house a few minutes late at 5:37 (yes, I looked), and still go there a few minutes before 6. Waaaay easier than anything I've done in years past.

It took us just a few minutes to walk over to the start area, and since Heather planned on checking a bag, I kept my hoodie on. We ran into tons of friends and teammates before the start. Took lots of pictures and used the bathrooms a few times.
No filter. This was the coolest sunrise ever.
Heather was supposed to be in corral 2, and I was in 7. By the time we tried to feed in I think we ended up in corral 8, which was fine by me. I love how every year I estimate a stupid fast time that places me in a corral I have no right to be in.
Trying to get a picture of the giant full moon
At the start line
I warned Heather that I was going to go out slow and try to not burn out like I did the year before. The tall buildings were messing with my GPS a bit, it was hard to tell what pace we were running. My legs felt very fatigued from all the barre classes I have been taking (6 days in a row before the race), but thankfully, no tight calves.

The course was completely different (yet again). We ran up 14th to start, and then we weaved through random roads downtown. Did not love this section. We looped over by the Pepsi Center around mile 2 (which in the past was about a mile in) and hit the first aid station about mile 2.5. We ran by Coors Field and up the big overpass early (I swear that in the past this has been much later in the race). The Runners Roost aid station was at mile 4, and as always, was a great boost to see so many familiar faces helping out.

I was feeling ok until we headed down Lincoln. That's when the leg fatigue really set in and I started taking walk breaks. The 10k headed towards the finish while we turned up 17th, and I walked up the entire hill, much to Heather's dismay. This section of the course is one of my favorites because as we head out to City Park all the fast runners are coming towards us. We managed to see quite a few Roosters, including Eric, on our way to the park. Runners Edge had the aid station within the park, and again, it was awesome seeing friends helping out. Pete gave me a high five and then we headed out for the rest of the loop in the park.
Still fall colors in City Park!  By far the prettiest section of the course.
David was sitting on top of his van using his bullhorn to cheer people on, which was fun. The out and back on 17th was a little brutal, although I managed to make it until the loop by East High School before I pretty much fell apart. I had to take way more walk breaks than I would have liked. Heather is a trooper and still stuck with me. (It will be interesting to see how I can run on rested legs after my barre challenge is done).

We turned south on Sherman and ran by the Capitol, where a man was yelling "look at the twins! the twins!" Except for Heather being about 6 inches taller than me, I suppose so. I had NO kick left, but managed to run through the chute without walking. The course measured incredibly long (much like last year).

There was NOTHING in the finish area except for water, chocolate milk, cups of fruit and Cheez-Its. Womp.

We met Eric just outside the finish area, and I checked my phone to see that I needed to start heading towards Thornton to pick A up from her slumber party. We wandered around the finish area before getting a small team picture, and then we walked back to the car.
Tony, me, Heather, Eric, Andy
All things considered, especially since I spent most of the summer injured, the race turned out OK. I did, however, barely beat last year's time.

Official Time - 2:23:11
Official Pace - 10:56
Official 5K - 33:066
Official 10K - 1:07:06
Official 10M - 1:48:52
Overall Place - 3868/6661
Gender Place - 1991/4113
Division Place - 355/705
Garmin Time - 2:23:33
Garmin Distance - 13.70 miles
Garmin Pace - 10:28
Mile 1 - 9:53
Mile 2 - 9:28
Mile 3 - 10:03
Mile 4 - 10:10
Mile 5 - 10:27
Mile 6 - 10:42
Mile 7 - 9:59
Mile 8 - 10:41
Mile 9 - 10:43
Mile 10 - 11:21
Mile 11 - 10:33
Mile 12 - 11:44
Mile 13 - 10:32
Mile 13.7 - 10:18

Thoughts
  • The race is fine. The course is pretty good, although I think this was my least favorite of all the years I have run. The early miles had us running on roads that had sections barricaded off from construction and running over light rail and train tracks. Not to mention all the potholes. I guess that is just road running though.
  • There were plenty of aid stations and they were spaced pretty well. It was really warm, but I did not need to carry my own hydration and I was fine with that. In the past, there has ALWAYS been GU on course at RnR races. I did NOT see any this year. Somewhere around mile 7 they were handing out SOMETHING, but I did not recognize whatever it was. Two aid stations did not have Gatorade, but again, for me, that was fine.
  • Last year I remember the course being a bit crowded in the beginning, I didn't find it that bad this year. I did, however, hear that registration numbers were really low this year (like 4,000 less than the year before).
  • The shirt is red this year, which is nice. I assume it is Brooks since that has always been the partner vendor/brand, but honestly, it is still in my expo bag.
  • The medal is probably my least favorite out of all of the years I have run. At the very least, the neck of the guitar should be longer.
  • Getting in/out of the race (parking wise), was easier this year than any year I have run. I assume it is still a nightmare if you don't have an "in" somewhere.
  • Will I run again? I'm saying NO right now, but you know me... I'm fond of changing my mind.

Week in Review (April 18 - April 24)

Tuesday  (11,878 steps) - Barre at lunch with Laura. Skipped my scheduled miles. Wednesday  (17,863 steps) - Denver run club! Mo has been...