This race was just about perfect for us. There was a 5k for Will and Kambria and I could go long with the 12k, which fits in nicely with my 70.3 training. It had a 10 AM start and you could park literally steps from the start. (as opposed to the Hot Chocolate race, where they were asking you to show up at 5:45 for a 7 AM start. Ick!)
There were about 40 people doing the 5k and 30 people doing the 12k. Very chill and PERFECT. It was also really cold out. Maybe 30 degrees, but sunny. I decided to run in my capris and my tank top at the very last minute (ditching my long sleeve shirt and gloves) and this was a smart decision.
|Adrian, Will, me, and Kambria|
|The race start. Colorado is so ugly.|
It wasn't a true trail run - it was more like a "run on dirt ranch roads". Although spur 1 had some washouts and you did have to watch your step. Running didn't feel all that easy, those little steep hills sucked and I had to walk a few times. But apparently when I ran, I ran quickly. The 12k crew definitely got the more scenic run - we ran through the forest and popped out in meadows with really cool sandstone formations that looked like castles. I wanted to bring my phone with me so I could snap photos, but my damn Galaxy S4 is so ginormous, it won't fit in any of my running pockets. So here's what I found on the interwebs:
I tried to keep my pace/effort reasonable and just was running and enjoying the beautiful October day. Leg 2 had a SUPER COOL suspension bridge. I really wish I could find a picture of that, it was out of control. The bridge went up at probably a 30% angle and topped out on a cliff formation above a stream. I really wish the run went over the bridge, it looked badass.
The final leg was the 5k course, which was more open, a bit less scenic (but still pretty) and more windy. The hills weren't as steep, though, and I made myself run up the last mile to the top of the hill. After all the hills I've been running, I didn't want to let this one defeat me. I got to the top (it was windy and cold) but made sure to take a minute and look around at the panoramic view of the ranch and the sandstone formations. Beautiful. Then it was time to book it downhill - it was go time. At 6.2 mi, I hit lap on my garmin so I could get my 10k split. I knew from the top of the hill I had about ~1.5 mi to the finish, most of it was down or flat and I wanted to really push that last bit. So that's what I did, with a lot of focus. Afterwards, Will said something about chicken coops and I had no idea what he was talking about. *shrug*
With about a 1/2 mile left, you made a turn and ran toward the barn that was the start/finish line. And there was a guy that I thought I could catch, so I ran HARD. Probably the fastest I've ever ran (I saw 7:XX on my garmin). I worked so hard to catch him, and not puke or blackout. Seriously, I was working hard. And it worked - I passed him! Yay! And then I finished and nearly did pass out. Ooof.
|isn't this a great shot of Will?|
|Kambria running to the finish|
|Santa Claus is impressed|
12k: 1:13: 36, 10:06 pace.
The last 1.1 mi were on a 8:54 pace. Damn. 1:03:54.3