Where to start with this race? Expensive ($40.00 for a local 10K), no POPs so we all had to cram into the park restroom with one stall and no toilet paper, 6.5 miles for the 10K, an awards ceremony 90 minutes after the race, lame age divisions, I was 40-49, and no Masters awards, my award was a pair of socks that won't fit me.
On the plus side, the race organizers, mostly women, tried to mask their incompetence with enthusiasm , good intentions, and cuteness and almost pulled it off, THE COURSE WAS GREAT and well marked and I had a lot of fun racing it, nice pint beer glass instead of another t-shirt I don't need, great location.
The winning time was in the high 39 minute range. The three guys that beat me were 26, 27, and 17. I had a pretty good race with the kid for most of the way - I closed with him on every uphill and he cruised away from me on all the downs. I thought I'd get him in the end but the last quarter mile was downhill and he was faster than me.
Harder course than advertised, some fun downhill switchbacks and lots of uphill and a fair amount of singletrack. I felt like I was flying on the downhills but I'd look at my Garmin and it would be like 6:15 pace. I was breathing harder than my last two races and was actually racing pretty hard despite the time. All in all a fun race and a good workout.
I had to get up and out the door pretty early this morning for this one. Abby woke up early and said she wanted to come with me which was fun. She warmed up with me and was cheering for me at the finish. No extra miles in after the race though because I was hanging out with her and petting all the dogs at the park.
Might bring me in at over 30 miles for the week with three 10K's in the last eight days.
PM: Two easy miles, weights and iron pumping activities.