Run wYLd 10k Race Report
|Jedi Master Sherrie doing the race director thing!|
There were a total of about 100 people combined running the 5k & 10k with the vast majority in the 5k. It took almost no time for my friend Mark to be long gone!! I moved around quite a few people to find my comfortable pace in the group and settled in. I was having a bit of a knot in my calf, but overall I felt very good and energetic. I wasn't even a mile in yet when Sherrie's son came flying by on his way back leading the 5k field by a WIDE margin. Impressive for a kid that doesn't run much! My friend Cassie (from the Trail Nerds Thursday Night BAR Run) had passed me and made a joke that I could pass her back in a couple minutes, but she was flying. It didn't take her long to put a pretty wide margin between us, but I was really feeling my race at this point so I didn't mind at all.
My calf had mostly settled down after the first couple miles so I just continued to settle in and enjoy the gorgeous day and the beautiful trail through the back side of the park. I was moving pretty fast compared to what I would do in a training run, but certainly not really pushing it since I knew I had the hill climb from the bottom of the dam to the finish (about the last 1.75 miles) and I'd need to save some energy for that. As I was coming close to the turn around I saw Mark on his way back and let him know that I hadn't seen anyone else so he was in the lead of the 10k overall. He had a pretty decent lead. I saw Cassie after she had turned and not long after that I hit the turn myself. As I was on my way back I saw Coleen and the two folks she was running with, saw Rich, Chris & Paco all running together, got a high five from fellow Trail Hawk Gary Henry and saw Indika. Coleen & her crew all looked great and smiled and said hello as I passed; Rich & Chris both told me I looked good and I told them the same; when I saw Indika she grumbled about the pavement! She's definitely not a road racer! I told her to just keep telling herself "I love roads", but she didn't seem to find it as funny as I did! She looked good though, especially considering she'd finished her first 40 miler last weekend! This is what I love about out and back courses, it's fun to see fellow runners.
|Me & Cassie both finished 2nd in our age groups!|