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River Trail 15K: The 2015 Edition!

River Trail 15K: The 2015 Edition!
River Trail 15K: The 2015 Edition!

Better late than never, right?  I actually ran the RT 15k almost two weeks ago.  I am now 9 days away from the Little Rock Marathon so I figure I better get this one posted!

 The 15K is a very interesting distance to race.  I only race one a year and it is this one- the River Trail 15k.  It’s typically the second race on the Arkansas Grand Prix schedule.  This race has a sub 60 club (for all men and women who finish under 60 minutes) and a sub 70 club (for women who finish under 70 minutes).

This was my 4th year in a row to run the RT15K.  In 2013 I finished sub 60.  Then last year I missed it by 5 seconds.  Of course my “A” goal this year was to finish sub 60 but I knew it would be tough.  A sub 60 time on this course is a 6:24 or faster.  Last year’s 6:25 was too slow!  A sub 60 performance would require a perfectly executed race.

The Race
Date: 2/7/2015
Start Time: 9:00 AM
Location: Burns Park in North Little Rock, AR

I have to say that I love when winter races have a later start time.  (The same goes when summer races have an earlier start time of 7 or 7:30.)  John and I arrived at Burns Park around 8:15.  I got my bib, chip and warmed up with some friends.  The temperature was overcast in the low 40’s.  It was a little windy but I was hoping much of the trail would protect us from the wind.

Photo courtesy of Arkansas Outside

Mile Splits:
Mile 1- 6:12.  Too fast for me.  Should have been in the 6:20-6:25 range.
Mile 2- 6:22

Photo courtesy of Arkansas Outside

Mile 3- 6:23.  It really is pretty out on the trail.

Photo courtesy of Arkansas Outside

Mile 4- 6:35.  A little climb and the fast start was catching up with me!

Photo courtesy of Arkansas Outside

Mile 5- 6:34
Mile 6- 6:31.  Pulling it together and trying to stay focused.  Just one more 5k to go!
Mile 7- 6:33
Mile 8- 6:37
Mile 9- 6:44.  Falling apart… The wind seemed to be at an all-time worst in the final mile and two guys passed me. 
Mile 9.37- 2:22 (6:26 pace).  I saw the clock was about to move to 1:01 and I wanted to make it under!

Official Finish Time:
1:00:58 (2nd female overall). Official results can be found here.  The sub 60 will happen.  I will be back!  No matter what I gave it all I had and it was a solid effort.

Overall Female Winners

Our Team
Our city just started its own RRCA club this year so it’s our first time to race in the Arkansas GP series.  Our ladies team actually WON the River Trail 15K!  We are excited about what’s in store for the Searcy Rush team this year.  I do not believe there’s ever been a first year team win overall.  There are 17 races left on the GP calendar for the year so we have a lot of work to do to make that happen but it’s a great goal!

Searcy Rush Running Club

After the race awards it was time to head over to the Grand Prix awards ceremony.  Since last year was my first year to participate in the GP series this was my first Awards Ceremony to attend.  John and I enjoyed the many delicious appetizers.  I had so much fun competing in the GP series last year and am excited to run in it as part of Searcy Rush this year!

Photo courtesy of Arkansas RRCA- In line for the buffet of appetizers
Photo courtesy of Arkansas RRCA

Have you raced a 15K?  Anyone else getting ready for Little Rock Marathon or Half Marathon next weekend? 

14 Comments

  1. Congratulations on a great race, even if it wasn’t sub-60! Coming off the injury issue last year that was still an amazing time. I think it’s neat they have those clubs too, gives people something to aim for in the race, and it’s neat that they have a team division and awards. And yes… 9 AM start times in the winter are awesome!

    Congrats on your 3rd OA female for the series. It’s fun that they do that and have an awards ceremony, we don’t have anything like a Grand Prix here in Charleston but I am in the RRCA club here, OnShore Racing. Cola and the Pee Dee have grand prix series, it’s a good way to get people out to races and motivate people to participate, train, etc.

    1. Thanks Amy! Yes, I never thought I would get into a racing series but it adds a new competitive twist. (As if I need to be any more competitive!)

  2. The Grand Prix Series sounds like so much fun – especially with the team. Congrats on the Grand Prix placing and the 2nd place in the race. I know you will get that sub 60 again. Good luck with your taper week. 🙂

  3. The whole team-series thing sounds so fun to me. I wish I could get more involved with something like that here (we do have a series, but I have to be uninjured first…). Your muscles look great in your photos!

  4. Great job with yet another strong race! We ran our only 15K back in 2011, but I really like the distance. Good luck at LR! I love the race and the town (not really big on the organizers – sorry if they’re friends of yours, ha). It’ll be interesting to find out how the change in the course affects the race. The back half has always kicked my butt, so adding more challenges would definitely be tough for me, but I’m sure you’ll kill it as always.

    1. I actually don’t know the organizers but one of my friends does. Not sure if you heard the latest drama- the big medals might not get here in time. Some issue with the port they ship in on. A strike of something? I’ll let you know how that works out! Good luck Saturday!!

  5. You never cease to amaze me with your races!

    I’ve done a 15k twice at the SF hot chocolate series. I like the distance….a little faster than a half but not quite my 10k speed. The SF one is a little tough as the last 2 mlies are uphill. But still fun. Congrats again!

  6. I know you’ll be running that sub-60 soon enough. I’m just so impressed that you are still so very speedy despite not having a super long training block under your belt! The racing series sounds like a lot of fun! We do one here in Richmond too but I’ve never done it since I don’t race that often. It’s a goal of mine to try and get in on that next year – or perhaps a year in the future once my kids grow up a little. I hope your taper is going well and you aren’t pulling your hair out like I do when I’m tapering. 🙂

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