|On our way to boogie that bosque!|
I probably should have spent a little more time determining a race strategy to achieve those goals. Preferably one where we didn't start out too fast. But I didn't (determine a race strategy). And I did (start out too fast).
The way this course is laid out is that you start out on a hard surface road, then you turn onto a wide dirt road, then into beautiful single track for a few miles. Then it brings you out of the single track onto dirt road for a long stretch before you finish back on the hard surface. Personally, I find the single track difficult to run in, but it is a lot of fun and very pretty. The dirt road is much easier and nice on the joints, my favorite running surface overall. And the hard surface is of course the fastest, but probably the most boring.
|Splits for the race|
My final time was logged as 1:01:44 gun time, 1:01:38 net time (I think that is taking into consideration when I crossed the start mat). 6th of the 20 women in my age group (F45-49); 83 of 221 women running the 10K. Not only did I make my 1:02:00 goal and a beat my time from last year for this particular all terrain course, but it was actually a 10K best for me by about 30seconds. WoooHooo!!
Final thoughts: This is a great course because of the venue, absolutely beautiful this time of year. So glad we ran it even though I'm not a fan of 10Ks. I keep thinking I might have it in me to break an hour on a flat road race, but I dislike this distance enough to keep me from actually testing that theory.