Sunday, June 22, 2014

Summer Fun 15K - Santa Monica

Race #3 on the 2014 list ... CHECK!
Ran this (9+mile) distance after a long time today. Came in at #3. Felt kinda out of energy to start with (probably the slight sleep deprivation from the week).

                                      Overall Place: 3 out of 30 
                                      Time: 01:16:15
                                      Avge Pace: 8:07 min/ mi (averaged over 9.35mi)
                                      Splits: 7:38; 8:11; 8:49; 8:17; 8:19; 8:45; 8:32; 8:33; 7:56 

Splits were all over the place on this one --- Need to do a couple more 15Ks to (re)learn how to pace myself on these!

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Spring Bliss 10K - Huntington Beach

Ran the second race on my list. Wasn't planning to race on consecutive weekends but the opportunity came up so I got tempted. It was a long (60mi) drive to Huntington beach, so had to wake up super early -- but made it to the start with time to spare. Was second among the 10K runners up until the 5K turnaround point but the 1st runner was significantly ahead of me and so I didn't pay attention to the where he turned around and ended up overshooting the turnaround by a bit. Lost about 2 mins, running an extra quarter mile but still ended up at 6th place overall.

                                      Overall Place: 6, out of 42 
                                      Time: 49:28
                                      Avge Pace: 7:48 min/ mi (averaged over 6.3mi, not 6.1)
                                      Splits: 7:29; 7:51; 8:04; 7:50; 7:51; 7:43

Still need to work on being consistently under 8min/ mi on every mile. On to the next one. 

Sunday, June 08, 2014

Spring Celebration 10K - Santa Monica

Ran my first race of the year as planned in the previous post. This is was also my first time running with A Better World Running. Love the concept of keeping the races low-key and low overhead.

Surprisingly I managed to end up at position #1. Waiting for the official results to be posted to know how many ran the 10K (they usually limit it to 100) but here are the numbers:

                                                      Overall Place: 1, out of 23
                                                      Time: 48:05
                                                      Avge Pace: 7:54 min/ mi
                                                      Splits: 7:37; 7:59; 7:32; 8:29; 8:08; 7:50

Got to the start line about 5 mins late and so was trying to catch up to "the pack". Once i did, I began to chill out and then towards the end, the very last mile, I started to push hard again. That is clearly reflected in the splits. Got to try to be consistently under 8min, on the next one (hopefully will make it to the start on time!)