Sunday, March 31, 2013

Yough Trail Race 10k

     This race has 3 races.  The organizers say 4, but one is just a walk.  It has a 5k, 10k, and 10 mile.  I drove there intending to run the 10 mile.  My left leg still hurts, so I decided as I was filling out the race day registration form to drop down to the 10k.
     They ran out of shirts before I got there.  Not that I need another shirt.  However they had us sign a form with our address, phone number, and shirt size.  Will they be ordering more shirts??  I don't know.  I over heard one of the volunteers say that they did not know what to expect. This was the 19th annual race...
     It was a great day for a race.  Spring finally showed up.   Chilly in the early AM then warm.  I choose shorts, long sleeve shirt, and gloves.  The 10k and 10 mile started together, so you did not know who it was you were racing.  My left leg felt fine, so I started passing people.
mile 1- 7:34
mile 2- 7:36
mile 3- 7:29
     At the turn around I realized how few people were in front of me.  I kept up my pace and worked on passing the 2 people how I could see in front of me.  I over took the first place female at mile 5.  I kept getting closer and closer to the next guy.  I think he knew I was there.  He kept going a little bit faster.  The end of the race was close and down hill.  I dropped it down to 6:11 mpm (minute per mile).  Flew past him and a dozen 5kers.  End time 46:34.   I thought I had PRed but I was wrong.   The first 10k I did back in November was faster.  Oh well.  It was still fun.  I ran strong and I could have run farther.
mile 4- 7:37
mile 5- 7:38
mile 6- 7:24
.22- 1.22     
   The race organizers decided to do away with age group medals this year.  I knew that going in.  I'm not a fan.  I would have got 1st in my age group.  The only plus is that after the race I could just leave.  I only went because it was on the Yough Trail.  I will run it again.  But I do not support not having medals.  

     Some of the Greater Allegheny Track Club
UPDATE 4/09/13  The shirt came in the mail!

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