I’m going to try to keep this brief. Saturday was not a great racing day for me. I know everyone has races like this every once in a while. And yes, I know I race often so I can’t expect them all to be perfect. I really don’t have an excuse to what was my deal. Bottom line: I didn’t show up to race.
Before I get into my own issues with the race let me say that this is a very well run and organized race. I like the 15K because it combines the perfect amount of speed and distance. The River Trail 15K course is beautiful and the 9 am start time is perfect at this time of year. I also love the price- $15?! You really can’t beat that these days. I have run this race twice before and loved it. And I will continue to keep it on my racing calendar.
Before the race I met up with some new local “teammates.” I am running in the Arkansas Grand Prix series this year and joined the Cabot Cruisers. They were all very kind and encouraging before, during and after the race. I’m looking forward to running in the ARGP series this year with them.
|Photo courtesy of Jt Gunter|
And now for my report… To be honest I was going to re-write this but I think I summed it up enough in my Daily Mile account.
Mile splits for anyone interested: *Keep in mind my (apparently too ambitious) goal was sub 6:20 pace.
Mi 1- 6:13
Mi 2- 6:22
Mi 3- 6:23
Mi 4- 6:29
Mi 5- 6:35
Mi 6- 6:28
Mi 7- 6:22
Mi 8- 6:29
Mi 9- 6:25
Mi. 9.38- 2:16 (5:57 avg)
FINISH TIME: 1:00:04. (2nd female overall)
Official results can be found here.
Last year’s better performance with a finish time of 59:49 can be found here.
I know my time was only 15 seconds slower this year but I am a better runner than I was last year. The half marathon I ran 7 weeks ago was at a faster pace than this almost 4 mile shorter race! Last year I finished strong. This year I finished angry. Anyway, it’s over and I’m going to move on.
|“The Cup” is pretty cool.|
|The whole gang from Searcy. Thanks for driving Angela!|
That’s a wrap! Next race I am showing up to race.
Anyone else race this weekend? Several of my running friends here ran (New Orleans Half & Full, Texas Half) and most of them PR’d. I’m excited for them. Apparently they are all great courses too.