|Woke in time for the sunrise on race day.|
Ground turkey, ancini di pepe, garden greens, straciatella style soup --
race tested and approved, like Asian noodle soup, this is a good pre-race meal.
I took advantage of the flexibility and managed my first 30+ mileage week of the year (30.65). Notable workouts included:
1. A 3 miler with just my phone's stopwatch (Garmin was dead), averaging 10:55/mile -- close enough to what I wanted to run in today's 10K "race" that I was pleased.
2. A long run with just my phone's stopwatch (Garmin may be needing a replacement...) for 9.87 miles at 12:15/mile. The goal had been 12 miles, but at the 2 hour mark, unfueled and starting to battle nausea, I called it and opted to walk to the nearest restaurant for food.
3. A day before the race mini-track-workout of 3.07 miles total, with a half mile jog to the track for some short quality work of 1 mile at 5K pace; 4X 200 RI/200 targeting sub 8 min/mile. I have to say, this workout surprised me -- I felt great. I was trying to thread the needle between getting in some quality and not destroying my legs before the race, and I think I did a good job of it. Have I mentioned I love having a track a 1/2 mile from the house?
4. And, of course, there was my first running of, and the organizer's first hosting of, today's 10K race.
The planned for course was a 10K consisting of 5K on the roads of San Jose plus a nice out and back along the Guadalupe River Trail. While California is celebrating that it is completely out of drought for the first time in 7 years, the trail we were supposed to run on is currently flooded. I have to hand it to Represent Running -- they took it in stride, and made last minute changes to keep the race going, including large on-course routing signs directing us through a modified course (essentially twice the urban 5K) to avoid the flood.
|There were a *few* turns...|
Overall, I'm pretty happy with how I executed:
Did I really run this 1-wk out pre-race tempo 10K run faster than the raced Kaiser 10K a month ago?
Probably not... (The course was *probably* short. My Garmin thought so, too.)
|Pre-race photo of the *actual* finish|
Second? I'm almost certain the course was short. My Garmin had it at 5.94 miles, which, even accounting for GPS errors in the tall building corridors and overpasses is still quite short (4.2%). Given all of the turns on the course, I'd actually expect to register a *long* course as I definitely couldn't run the tangents on the first loop with all of the people of varying paces around me. Also, I just don't think I made the effort necessary to run a 1:01:37 10K today.
|Start and finish by the picturesque San Pedro Square|
But, honestly, those are my only two complaints. It was a well-run race. The second issue is probably entirely due to the last minute re-routing and they did a good job making the most of the mess they had. Given the flooding and the obligation to re-route within the previously permitted closed roads, a slight deviation is completely understandable.
Of the many pluses, the weather was a perfect (for me) cool start in the high 40s and the finish was comfortable, but never felt warm, even in the direct sun in the last mile.
|The Schwag comes in *all* the greens!|
|A free race photo -- never the most flattering, but proof that it happened.|
|Same weekend, same chin, very different angle.|