Sunday, June 15, 2008

Provo River Trail 10 Mile Race Report

When we came to Utah, I was really looking forward to some races on my old turf. Last week was the Art City Days 5k, and yesterday I ran the Provo River Trail 10 Mile. I've run this race once back in 2002. It was actually one of the first races I had ever done after high school. So I was excited that our being in town coincided with this race.

I don't know how cold it was at the start, but I was freezing, and I didn't appreciate having to strip down 15 minutes before the start. Needless to say, I was happy to get started. My plan was to run the first 3 miles at 7 minute pace or above, the next 3 or 4 at 7 minute pace, and the final 3 or 4 under 7 minute pace to finish under 1 hour and 10 minutes.

My first mile was right on at 7:02. I was feeling pretty good knowing that I didn't get caught up starting too fast. Shortly after the first mile marker, I ran into Chuck, and our next 3 miles were all around 6:40, faster than I had planned, but we were feeling good so we kept going. Somehow, our next mile was 7:00, even though it didn't seem like we had slowed down at all. Our next 3 miles were all between 6:40 and 6:55. Chuck had to stop and walk just before mile 8, so I kept going. With 2 miles to go, I felt I could pick up the pace a little. I ran mile 9 in 6:35, and then gave it all I had to run the final mile in 6:05. My official time was 1:07:24, good enough for 10th place overall. That's a PR by about 7 minutes, and 1 minute faster than my 9 on the 9th virtual race back in February. I'm not sure about my age group because the results have not been posted yet.

This was a really cool race for me. It was a beautiful run through the canyon and along the river. Also, only one person passed me. That happened between miles 2 and 3, and Chuck and I caught him by mile 5. I was able to keep a really good pace and even catch several other runners over the last few miles and finish really strong. That was definitely part of my race strategy.


Topher said...

Congratulations! That's great!

I always have to chuckle when I read runners who say things like I ran a 7:02 because I didn't want to start out too fast. Dude, that's way too fast for me, but I'm glad there are people like you who show us it can be done.

Enjoy your vacation.

nwgdc said...

Way to go! That's a blistering last mile.

Shilingi-Moja said...

Nice race. Exellent last mile

Nitmos said...

Way to kick it in. I wonder...with that blistering last mile, could you have kicked it in even 2 miles from the finish?? How much did you have left? Great job!