First I need to make a shout-out to Boomer Goddess Enkephalin who I saw both at the start and finish. We lined up together but with the delayed start I tried to get in one
last potty break (but didn't make it). I did see her again right around
the 1mi mark turnaround and then at the end.
This race was in downtown Kirkland, WA, near my office. The day was
cloudy and cool, about 40 with a light wind. This is the one and only
12K of the year, and as usual they had a small sign at each K with a
picture of each "day" of xmas on it.
Fashion report: (all nike) black long sleeve top, blue/gray shorts, visor, black gloves to start, NB 857, garmin 305.
This is a fairly hilly course, but since my office is literally on the
course, I run these hills all the time. That didn't really help me
today. I haven't felt well lately. I missed last week's 5K due to a
kidney stone. I had to bail on Friday's 5.5 miler over a lot of the
course at 4 miles when I just felt tired and had no strength
whatsoever. Today I felt better but not 100%. My kid had a fever on
Friday so I know something's going around.
So here's the breakdown:
1 10:30 +99
2 10:02 -56
3 11:24 +148
4 11:23 +91
5 9:20 -213
6 10:12 0
7 10:06 -71
.5 4:46 -5
I don't think the elevations are all that accurate but you can get a general sense of how hilly it is.
The last couple miles I really tried to get down to 5K pace but I
really didn't have much in me. I couldn't even get to 10K pace.
Current course record:
Current 10K PR pace: 9:57
New course record:
A ~4 minute PR and 32 seconds/mile faster
Well, that's the last race of the year. I've had 11 out of 14 races be PR's at that distance. (which I guess a PR for PR's)
andy - nice run to end a great year for you.
Based on a wimpy little tri along the Kirkland shoreside some years ago, I'm amazed at all the hills they found for you guys over there.
I might have an idea in case you want to start off the new year in your favorite 5K mode on a perfectly flat, not-even-a-single-hill-or-rise fun run (though there is the option for a little "dip" at the end!).;) .
Tetsujin87 wrote: I'm amazed at all the hills they found for you guys over there.
oh sure, tetsubrain, . . . no wonder since I'm the one who takes you up all those massive hills in the annual Memorial Day Seven-Hills-of-Kirkland 47 mile tour while you just eat all the strawberry shortcake at the finish.