Yesterday I won a 5k. Today my legs are tired. I really thought that I would do bad that this race with how my legs felt. I was wrong.
I drove to North Park for the 14th time since I started running to try out the FAAP Fall Classic 10k. It is a trail race that starts on top of the hill near the pool. I preregistered Sara and I, so we got shirts. Sara's Garmin would not turn on before the race. It will not take a charge anymore. Time for a new one, I guess.
When the race started Sara was ahead of me. I caught up with her and told her that she was running a 6:25 pace. She said "oops". Then the race turned from road to trail. It was little ups and downs with a lot of turns. By mile two I settled into a comfortable pace with three people right behind me. At mile three I moved over to let them ahead of me and I started to slow up a bit on a big hill.
Around mile four a volunteer said that there was ten people ahead of me. I had to pick it up. I could use a ten top. I pushed my pace and caught up with a group ahead me. They had slowed down to climb a hill. Okay, well a cliff. I made it up without slipping back down. It was scary, my was hugging the hillside. My legs were shaking and I was not sure that I could get running again. I walked for a few seconds, got mad at myself, and then took off.
I got close to the group again. Six people running close together. I also had one guy behind me in bright blue, but not close enough to be a problem. Before mile five I could see two of the folks slowing up. We hit a mostly flat access road and I made my move. I was able to get pretty far ahead of them. Then I was just trailing the other three. But I was not sure how or when I could pass them and if I could stay ahead.
I decided the that my best move was to hold out for the last minute. The finish was up and around a hill, then back down and on to the road. As so we hit the top of the hill, I started letting the down hill carry me. I rounded the bottom and past one guy. Then on the flat I floored it. Three more to go. I passed one more guy and closed in on the girl. I flew past her before she knew that I was coming. I did not get the last guy though. He beat me by five seconds. If I..if I ...if I ...
I took 7th place with a time of 55:12. After I finished Bonnie from the timing company, Miles of Smiles, needed help. I jumped in to remove bib tags. Sara has done this a once or twice. It was nice to get to try it and help out. I drink two bottles of water while I was helping. Mitch R came by and I asked him if he could bring me another water since I could not leave the finish. He bought me two bottles and I downed them both.
Sara was having a harder time with the race. I runner, who I did not know came into the finish and said, "Shane, I was running with Sara, she is having a tough time". When Sara finished she laid on the ground for ten minutes. Not sure what the problem was. She normal does well at trail runs.
Over all a great race. Some people got lost, but that happens in a trail races.