Saturday, April 10, 2021

2021 Eggs Legs 10K Race Recap - West Jordan, UT







Official Time: 48:37
Placement: 1st in the 50-55 7th overall, 6th male
Results:  Here
Race WebsiteHere
Weather: Low 40's, slight wind from the south
Garmin Dump: Here
Previous Years: First Year for Me



Mile TimeComments
18:00Fast start but let's see what I have
27:46Way too fast. Thought this would be my day though
38:08Paying the price -- a few tiny hills here
48:11Struggling at this point. Just want to be done.
58:22Heading into the final stretch
5.978:10Giving it all I've got
Total Miles: 5.97 - 48:39









Introduction


In early 2020 I signed up for the Eggs Legs 10K -- a race put on by OnHillEvents.Com.  It was a race to be held at Gardner Village -- a multi-use shopping center / restaurant area.  However, when Covid-19 exploded on the scene last spring this race wound up being canceled.

Fortunately, everyone's entry fees were transferred to the 2021 event.

The Eggs Legs race is a Easter themed race and is run along the Jordan River Parkway (bike trail).  This is my home course so to speak as I run it nearly every day.  Normally the race runs south into Midvale and South Jordan, but due to restrictions and construction on the bike trail, we had to run north.  This puts me pretty much in my own neighborhood as far as running goes.


Pre 5K race start



The Race


I showed up at the race at about 7 AM for an 8 AM start.  There weren't many people there.  In fact, I was half wondering if I was at the wrong place.  

However, I was an early bird for the 10K.  The half marathon had already started (and gone) at 7 AM and the 5K wouldn't start until 9 AM.  So it was very low stress to get my bib, my shirt, and find parking.

I wound up doing a series of drills and some warm-ups to kill the final 30 minutes or so before the race started.  I felt very stiff and sluggish, but fortunately the drills and warm-up got me loosened up and ready to race.

The race started promptly at 8 AM and with the staggered start it was a bit of a slow go at first.  I felt pretty good and I settled into a decent pace.

Given the size of the race (I figured maybe less than 100 10K runners) I knew I had a reasonable shot of placing in my age group.  But still I wanted to see if I had improved since last month's 10K at the Lucky 13 race.

I took off at a good clip and at first I had I hard time adjusting to the faster pace.  But once we got to the parkway and the familiar area of my run, I was off and running.  

I didn't have much of a goal at this race other than to run low 8's.  Mentally I wanted to run about 8:20 for the first mile and then dial it up a bit.  But I think the thought of PRing and chasing down some of the other runners that had started before me made me go out a little faster than I had hoped.

So I was a little nervous when I ran the first mile in 8 flat.  I had a strong feeling I was going to pay for that mile.

Miles 1 through 2 brought some familiar faces.  I ran into a pair of runners that I've known from other races (or just social aspects of being a daily runner on the bike trail).  They kind of wanted to chat / talk but I was hurting.  And to be honest, when I run, I want to focus and I can usually only mutter a few words as it is.  Fortunately the conversations were short lived and I sort of felt bad, but this was a race after all.

Typical scenery -- not from the race.


I was running in familiar territory here and I actually was surprised I didn't see more people.  I knew where to turn and roughly where are turn around would be.  

The mile markers had been off for most of the race and I wasn't surprised at all when I saw the 10K turn  around come up at the less than 3 mile mark on my GPS.  I think my Garmin read about mile 2.96.



Another bike trail photo -- not from the race.



Upon turning around I was greeted with a tiny bit of a headwind.  Great, just what I needed.  I was really hurting at this point.  I definitely was paying a price for my early fast pace.

It took a lot of effort to keep going.  There were a few runners behind me and only one guy who I thought was in my age group quite away ahead.  The deal was though, he had started a good 60 - 90 seconds ahead of me, so so long as I kept close I'd have a shot.

It was also a bit disheartening there wasn't anyone to really work off of.  The 5Kers wouldn't start for a while and I only had one or two half marathon runners fly by me.  

I kept looking behind me to see if anyone was going to catch me, but it was smooth sailing.  I still tried hard and at moments I got my wind back, but really was hurting from about mile 4 to the finish.






Conclusion

Well this race didn't quite go to plan. Given my time, though, it was pretty much identical to the Lucky 13 race I ran about a month ago.  I was really hoping to go a bit faster.

I still felt pretty good at the end and after cooling off a bit, I managed to socialize a bit. Fortunately my car was parked pretty close to the starting line, so I managed to get my Gatorade.  

I wasn't too surprised to win my age group.  Although it was bittersweet in that the guy who I beat by about 10 - 20 seconds made a wrong turn and ran an extra 100 yards or so.  The awards were all the same though and I suppose it won't be that big of a deal down the road.




Post race refreshments were limited to sports drinks and pre-packaged ice cream sandwiches.  I didn't see any fruit or bagels -- probably another victim of Covid-19. None the less it was good to race and I managed to score a double medal.  Organizationally, the race was well run with enthusiastic volunteers.  The aid stations were well stocked.  The course was marked with spray chalk, but I already knew where to go.  I know a few runners were misled by a lead runner for a bit though.

I am disappointed that the course was short.  It was pretty close and I can extrapolate my time out to what it should've been but still, it would've been nice to have an official 10K.  I probably could've run an extra quarter mile after finishing but there were tons of people milling about for the 5K and let's face it -- I just wanted to be done.  The medals were cool and I am glad to score a double one.

I had higher hopes for my performance though.  I don't think I really built a good race strategy.  I was just running as hard as I could from the minute I started.  My pace certainly nose dived as it went along.  An 8:20 or so for the first mile probably would've set me up for success.

Lesson learned!

Saturday, April 3, 2021

April 2021 Running in Review

 





Year to Date Miles: 481 (as of 4/3/2021)


Introduction


March saw some incredible gains -- and a return to racing.  I completed three races in March: the March Madness Half Marathon, the Lucky 13 10K and the Riverton Half Marathon.  All 3 races saw me hit times I haven't seen for at least 5 years.  

This is mostly a result of a bit harder training and eating smarter.  In previous years I did a fair amount of hoping I'd do the harder workouts.  However, this year I actually have started to do the harder workouts.  


West Wendover, Nevada Running


Training Updates

When there isn't a race (or I am not recovering from one) I'll do at least two "tough" workouts per week -- excluding distance.  This may include a tempo run, some sort of rep / hill / interval workouts or even strides.

I am finding that is just enough stimulus to improve my speed.  Each race or time trial I do, I am finding my times are coming down.  And it does make training a little harder.  When I set out for a "5K-paced" run for instance, it feels easier than it should and I wind up going faster.




I am not killing myself with doing a lot of miles either.  Approximately 35 - 40 miles per week.  If I were to start to consider running a marathon (which does cross my mind once in a while) I'd definitely have to bump up the mileage.

I am still dealing with an upper hamstring issue.  It hurts but once I am warmed up, it seems to hold up.  Eventually it is going to catch up with me.

In addition, about once or twice a week I am doing some simple core exercises along with some simple weights.  It helps build a little extra strength and I feel like the core exercises helps my posture while I am running.

Also March saw me get caught up in another streaking challenge.  It was put on by one of the Facebook groups that I am on and it was more or less run "something" every day for the entire month of March.  It was an interesting challenge and I took it on.  I wound up running 32 times during the month for about 165 miles.  I am not a huge fan of running streaks but with the weather being as nice as it has been, I could not take a day off from running.  I continued the streak and stopped it on April 2nd.



Upcoming Races



04/10: 2021 Eggs Legs Race 10K - West Jordan, UT (Confirmed)
04/XX: 2021 Salt Lake City Half Marathon - Salt Lake City, UT (Confirmed) - Virtual
04/24: 2021 Recycle Run 5K - Bountiful, UT (Maybe)
05/08: 2021 May the Fourth 10K - Farmington, UT (Confirmed)
05/15: 2021 Ogden Half Marathon - Ogden, UT (Confirmed) -- Virtual
12/04: 2021 Laughlin Half Marathon - Laughlin, NV (Confirmed)
02/27: 2022 Las Vegas Half Marathon - Las Vegas (Confirmed)