Distance: 10K, 6.2 miles
Date: November 13, 2011; 9am start time
Finish time: 1:27:19/14:05 min/mile
What sets this race apart: The Cliffs of Insanity
Many thanks to the Lucky 13's who came out to cheer and volunteer during this race...and who are responsible for the majority of these photos.
|The Gang waiting for the start|
|Starting line! Are we ready to get serious yet? Nah...|
According to my Garmin, the total assent for my run in the Buckeye Classic 10K was 1993 feet. 423 feet of that were in mile 2. Only the 1st mile and the last 0.2 miles involved less than a 200 feet elevation gain. In short - the perfect place in Columbus for me to be practicing for the Knoxville Half Marathon and for my Mt. Rainier climb.
|Loving the cross-over point and the pavement!|
|More pavement - that's where all my photo takers were|
So, how did I do? Better than I expected given my current conditioning. I still say that I was peer pressured into this race. HA! I ran out strong the first mile (12:15 min/mile). The second mile was the start of the big hill, and my first walk. In the end, I walked all the steepest hills, pushed through running all the smaller ones as well as a few of the medium to large ones. I tried to always run on the downhill and flat sections. In the last mile, the ball of my foot where it meets the toes started burning, however, and I had to add a bit of walking to stay mobile. I did manage to sprint the last several hundred feet or so - getting down to a 7:32 min/mile at the end!
Mile 1: 12:14
Mile 2: 15:29 (enter the hill!)
Mile 3: 15:47
Mile 4: 14:31
mile 5: 14:04
mile 6: 13:08
|Running hard to the finish!|
|Dad, Janette and Me|
As usual, no real swag for this race:
Shirt and medal are both pretty cool though, and the price wasn't bad for a 10K.
Bottomline: I'm already talking about running this again next year and improving my time by 15 minutes. And I'm talking about hikes and training runs on these same trails. Luckily, I already have several who have said they will do it with me - if you're reading this - I'm holding you to those promises!!!
|Me and Deb after the race|