Sunday, July 17, 2011

Reno 5000 Race #4 10K

Well, I finally made it to one of the Reno 500 series races. Made it work yesterday as part of my long run.

The start/finish line and expo area was still getting set up when I arrived at RC Wiley, about an hour and a half before race start. I wandered through, then took off down Steamboat, turned right to go past the high school, and basically ran 4 miles out and 4 miles back. Because it was such a nice, flat run, I was able to keep it to around 8 minute pace. Arriving back at the start/finish area, I ran into Ryan Cross, who would also be running to 10K. Also found my parents, who were in town and had come out to watch a race.

Timed it just about perfect - went to my car, changed shoes, took off my headphones, and made it back to the start just in time to see the 5K head out. Five more minutes, a little stretching, and the 10K was off as well.

This was the first time I've ever done a 10K that was a double loop of the 5K course. Worked out pretty well - although I meant to check my split as I came through, I got distracted by grabbing some water and forgot. The course was well marked on closed streets, which made it easy to roam back and forth to run the tangents.

My first mile was a little faster than I wanted, but I was trying to keep a few people in sight. Stayed right behind Ryan for the first couple miles, and eventually snuck past him. For the rest of the race, I could hear him behind me, and kept expecting him to show up at my shoulder. Keeping pace in the low to mid 6:50s, we both passed a few more people, and finished in 4th and 5th overall. Big high fives at the finish:

Since my training plan called for 16 miles (8 easy, 6 tempo, 2 easy) I still had a cool down of 2 miles to do. The route I chose took me by some wild horses:

And I made it back in plenty of time for the awards.

 Kids race

5K Elite males 

10K Male 20-29
(Ryan took 2nd) 

10K males 30-39
(I took 2nd)

So, a good race - I'm sure this would be a pretty fun series to do, if the dates didn't conflict with a bunch of other stuff for me. Maybe next year...

(And thanks, Chris, for reminding me - this was actually a 10K PR. 17 seconds faster than my previous PR. Celebrated post-race with an espresso/oak aged Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing...)


slowrunner77 said...

dude...if you're going to post prs on the sidebar, you gots ta update them. your 10ksdpartofalongrun was 13 seconds faster than your listed (3 year old) 10k "pr".
good job, you're in great freakin shape man!

Turi Becker said...

Ha, thanks for reminding me. Updated.

SnowLeopard said...

I think it's awesome that you're as tall as the first place winner, even though you're a step down. ;) Congrats on the PR! Awesome~