Today was the Reeds Lake Run, an annual event for us. Reeds Lake is only about a mile away, so it is nice and close. The Reeds Lake Run is a great race for a couple of reasons. First, they have both a 5k and 10k which have staggered starting times so you can run both events for the price of one. Second, and arguably more important, they have a post race party that can’t be beat. It is open to the entire community and features live music (by I Need Group Therapy), burgers, hot dogs, fresh fruits and veggies, ice cream, and all sorts of activities for the kids.
My goal for the day was to do both events with the emphasis on the 10k. I also wanted to keep an even pace throughout the events. I was able to accomplish both goals, even running the 5k better than I anticipated. The 5k was more or less supposed to be a warm up for me. I headed out and tried to run as comfortably as I could without pushing myself too hard. I finished with a time of 22 minutes even and splits within 10 seconds of each other (7:10, 7:02, 7:07). I was very happy with these results. After finishing I waited for CK to finish in about 22:50 and then for KS to finish around 23:30 before grabbing some water and heading back to the starting line for round 2.
The two events are staggered by 45 minutes, so that meant standing around for about 20 minutes in between races. As I started the 10k, I could definitely feel that my legs were starting to tighten up a bit. However, they loosened right up as I got going. There are three main hills on the 10k course (which goes circumnavigates Reeds Lake) and I was able to reap the benefits of running on my home course and having run the course countless times over the years. I passed a dozen people or so on the first hill without letting myself slow down which is always a good feeling. It makes your legs feel really strong.
I passed the halfway point with a split time of 23:09 which I felt was very good beings as all 3 hills on the course are in the first half. The second half of the race was almost the exact same course as the 5k so it was little like déjà vu. I was able to pick it up a bit and finish the second half with a negative split of 22:31. Despite my legs starting to feel tired, I was able to give a very strong kick at the end. I battled it out with another runner over the last tenth of a mile. I picked it up at the 6 mile mark and caught him by the 6.1 marker. Neither of us wanted to give up the position and it was a mad dash to the finish. I am usually pretty good at not getting passed up the finish, but he ended up beating me about by about a stride length or two, but had the height (and stride length) advantage over me. That’s my excuse and I am sticking to it.
Like in the 5k, I was able to accomplish my goal of relatively even mile splits. I finished with splits of: 7:25, 7:13, 7:31, 7:24, 7:17, 7:20, so within 20 seconds of each other. Overall, I was very happy with my performance as it was about 30 seconds faster than my PR last year. I even placed very well in my age group for both the 5k and 10k – 17 out of 79 and 14 out of 61 respectively.
After the run, we headed over to the post race party for some delicious food. As good as the food is, it is kind of weird to be eating a full meal at 10:30 in the morning. Regardless, the food was great and the band was pretty good too – mainly a mix of classic rock/oldies covers. All in all, a great race and a great start to the day.
|Overall Place:||191 / 1719|
|Gender Place:||170 / 782|
|Age Group Place:||17 / 79|
|Overall Place:||123 / 899|
|Gender Place:||97 / 463|
|Division Place:||14 / 61|
|1St Half Rank:||138|
|1St Half Time:||23:09|
|1St Half Pace:||7:28/M|
|2Nd Half Rank:||112|
|2Nd Half Time:||22:31|
|2Nd Half Pace:||7:16/M|