30:21:00 Finishing Time
Official Race Results
Saturday July 14th, 2012
Location: Lake Hodges, Escondido, Ca
Distance: 4 miles with markers every 1/4 miles
Start Time: 7:30
Terrain: Out and back on rolling hills over dirt and rocks with a creek crossing near the turnaround
Size: 65 Runners
I have came to realize that if I get four hours of sleep the night before a race I should feel happy. I woke up at 5 and skipped the food, made some tea and stopped by a coffee shop for a small coffee before driving to the Lake. I arrived well ahead of time and had a hard time finding the race but, realized I had to drive to a small far off parking lot. Once there I greeted the RD and asked when it would start and then went off and did my own thing for an hour.
I passed by the lakeside and admired Great Blue Herons, immature Greenbacked Night Herons and many American Grebes.
When it was closer to the race start I changed into my running clothes and warmed up for 15 minutes until I broke a sweat and felt poppy in the legs. This was my first race where I felt great walking towards the start line.
I lined up right behind the fast looking runners and planned to try to stay with “the pack” for as long as I could, going out fast.
I maintained what felt like a 6:30 minute pace for the first mile, running the gradual uphill. The pack lost me so I sat with a guy who also wanted to run at a 7+ minute pace and we talked back and forth in short breaths and we kept on our constant steady pace.
There was a small aid station at the turnaround after a creek crossing and I downed a lil water and kept at it. On the way back I told the guy I wanted to run faster and I lead the way and eventually he was left on some of the small hills and off I went back on the course over rolling terrain with an eventual downhill finish.
Somewhere around here a fast lady passed me and I made it my point to try to stay on her and keep pumping my arms.
I made it to the finish near her in 29 something minutes on my watch and went in the shade and cooled down and then changed and was stoked at the small awards ceremony on my 2nd place finish in my age group (30-34 year old) and smiled on the drive home.
The race was part of my speed/strength training for the Death Valley Trail Marathon in December which, will have a downhill finish so this short race was perfect for my training for executing emphasis on running downhill. This also marked the end of my four week, “general strength” training. I will now go into six weeks of, “running specific strength training”: more leg and leg balance work with nightly core.
In addition I’m looking forward to my next short race, a local hilly 10K XC next month, and possibly a flat 5K XC a week before that put on by the same guy who put on this here 4 mile XC.
I’m having fun with my summer, lower mileage and higher intensity.