This was kind of a new experience for me. I ran the Beat the New Year 5K
at Sugarhouse Park last night to end my 2010 running season and 10
hours later I ran the Draper, Utah 2011 New Years Day 5K to kick off and
start my 2011 running season odyssey.
I dragged my tired old man
butt out of bed and got to the park at about 8:30 am and promptly
registered for this races 1st annual. The really cold guy behind the
registration table told me that there were about 250 runners signed up
for the race ranging from 12 years old to 74. With a little bit of
prodding I found out there were only two other old farts in my age
division signed up.......Wow, I said to myself, I get no less than 3rd
place just for showing up!!!
I grabbed my bib and stuff and
quickly drove home and waited there in the comfort of my heated home for
the proper time to return to the race site. I drove back to the park at
about 9:45a and promptly got out and did a mile or so and got the old
bones and joints warmed up. I then worked my way to as close to the
front of the pack as possible but met with a lot of resistance from a
lot of the (slower) fun runner crowd that had beat me at my own game.
the race started pretty much on time, 10:a, and I had to duck and bob
and weave through about 50 people before I could get into some clean
running space. What was really neat about this race is, it was held on
the Porter Rockwell Trail, one of my favorite training trails. The
course was an out and back and I knew it all too well.
broke out in to the open running I quickly passed a bunch of pretty good
runners as I worked my way into sight of the leaders. At the turn
around point I counted the runners coming back and found that I was in
13th place overall at the time, and none of them looked like they were
anywhere close to my old man age and division. So from the turn around
point to the finish I knew that the trail was aided in the runners favor
and I could increase my speed to the finish. Which I think I did.
Oh by the way, at the start of the race it was 10 degrees.
I started my return to the finish line by increasing my speed. I even
managed to pass three more runners on the way back and I stepped over
the finish line with a 22:33.2 time for the 5K, some 8 seconds slower
than the 5K the evening before. A 7.15 min. mile average. According to
my garmin my top speed of the run was at 5.2 min per mile. An effort
that garnered me a 1st place blue ribbon in my age division.
overall all winner was "Craig Green" with a time of
17:25 something! I had a really great time running this 5k and the
other one just 10 hours before.
Happy New Year you all..................