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10 K Tarantula Run – 2009

October 24th, 2009

Woooohoooo!!!!   What a day!  I woke up this morning at 2 AM and could not fall back asleep.  I finally just got up at 3:30AM.  It’s not as bad as it sounds since I went to bed at 7:30 PM.  🙂  It always takes me a while to get hungry enough to eat breakfast in the morning.  On a typical work day, we’re up at 4 AM and I eat at 6:30 AM.  Today I made myself eat at 6:00 AM, knowing that would give me two and a half hours before the race.  I ate my regular breakfast of Frosted Miniwheats, 15 blueberries and whole milk.  Yes, I do count the blueberries.  Why is this important?  It’s important because I never know if my stomach is going to be unhappy on a run.  Today there was no unhappiness!  Yippeee!!!!  I’m going to try this plan for my next race, the Salmon Duathlon.

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Neat logo for the race.

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Nice hat!

This  race is a trail run held  at our local reservoir, Los Vaqueros.  The event includes a half marathon race  (13.1 miles), a 10 K race  (6.2 miles) and a 5 K  race (3.1 miles).  There’s also a kids’ race. It’s nice having an event that is so close to where we live, just a fifteen minute drive away.  No need to get up extra early, and lots of time to chill out before having to leave the house.  We got to Los Vaqueros Reservoir and I signed in about 40 minutes before the race started. Then we went back to the car and sat in the back  with the hatch open, people watching as I ate a Hammer Gel.    After the half marathon people took off, we wandered back to the vendor area and looked around a bit.  About ten minutes before the start of the race Thom took off to get on the course for picture taking.  Unfortunately, the camera was in a mood and he didn’t get any pictures.  I went to the race start and hung out talking to people.    One guy said he was hoping to run a sub twenty minute 5 K.  Another guy said he was taking it easy on the 10K because he has a half marathon tomorrow.  Me, my goal was just to finish faster than my last training run out here, and I’d be really thrilled if I could finish with a sub 12 minute average pace.  I’ve only just recently had a relatively flat three mile run with a sub ten minute pace,  so this six miler with over 1,000 feet of climbing was a bit daunting.  However, I had decided to treat this run as  just a hard training run and to not get too worked up about my times.  I definitely did not want to have any “rabbits” and I knew I needed to  just stick to my own pace and not try to stay with anyone.  Gee, it sounds like the game plan for a double century.

There are three fairly short, but very steep,  12%+ grade, hills in the first 1.75 miles.  I had hoped to run up these, but was only able to make it about halfway up each.  Still, that was better than I did on my last training run.  I knew I would not be able to run all the way up the hill to the top of the dam and I knew I would not be able to run the really BIG, really STEEP hill that comes at mile 4.  It is about three tenths of a mile long, with an average grade of more than 15%.   But I was determined to run everything else, including the two little hills that come after the STEEP one.  I didn’t do too badly, only walking .86 miles, all of it uphill.

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LOTS of hills!

My Garmin says I finished the 6.18 miles in 1:11.37, more than 5 minutes faster than my last training run out here.  That’s an average pace of 11:38.  I am thrilled with that as the last time I run the whole course, 6 weeks ago, I averaged 12:47 per mile.    I think that’s a pretty decent improvement in six weeks.

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