Last year I finished in 26min 30 secs, and I really wanted to run faster this year. In preparation for the Dirty Dozen 12 hour race that I had coming up a few days after this race (The Dirty Dozen was on July 9th), I started hitting the track with my friend Sunny a few times a week. The two of us would run 400 meter repeats in the nice 100 degree (usually warmer) Fresno heat. I was starting to slowly get comfortable running fast again.
On the day of the race my girlfriend Samantha and I got to the park with enough time to relax a little bit before the race and warm up. I was excited to see how fast I could run at the race. The course is relatively flat, with just a couple hills in it. I hit the first mile way too fast (6min 06secs). I started to ease back on my pace and relax. I knew a couple miles into the race that there would be a hill coming up, and I didn't want to be burned out by the time I got to it, so I slowed down just enough so I would have some energy for the last part of the race.
|Samantha & I after the race.|
I felt pretty good at the end of the race. All the speed work on the track and being patient during the race had paid off. I finished 12th overall and 3rd in my age group (30-39 years old).
I took a lot of time off from running the shorter local races when I started running ultras, but right now I'm having fun jumping back into the local races and trying to run fast again. There's a 5k coming up soon that I might jump into so I can try to beat my old 5k personal best time. I feel like my speed is slowly coming back, and I want to see what I can do.
Until next time...
|Hanging out with Sunny & Jason after the race|