Official Time: 24:05
Placement: 1st in age group, 16th male
Race Website: Here
Weather: 39F with no wind
Garmin Dump: Here
Previous Years: 
Weather: 39F with no wind
Garmin Dump: Here
Previous Years: 
|1||7:51||Solid first mile.|
|2||7:59||Sort of ran out of gas here, but still holding a solid pace|
|3||7:55||Pushed as hard as I could.|
|3.05||0:19||Cruise to the finish|
|Total Miles: 3.05 - 24:05|
How can I resist the siren's call of a $15 5K? Yes that is what convinced me to return to the Vineyard (City) Blizzard 5K.
I ran this race last year and it was the same bargain basement price. You don't get a t-shirt but you get a well organized event in the bedroom community of Vineyard.
This year they added a 10K race but I was more interested in keeping the volume low and I've been focusing on the 5K race for a bit now.
I made the 30 minute drive to Vineyard in short order. This community is nestled along the shores of Utah Lake and most people don't even know it exists. It is a residential community and new, so they've done a pretty good job packing in the houses, yet building in hiking / running trails and making the most of the natural beauty of Utah Lake.
I quickly grabbed my bib for this smallish race -- they had about 200 people total.
I got some pictures of the 10K runners, who headed off at 8:15. My 5K race started at 8:30. I had a feeling that some of the 10K runners would swallow me up in the final mile or so for my race -- as humbling as that would be.
After having done a bit of a shakeout run and some dynamic stretches, I deemed myself ready to run. Although, while I was at the starting line, I felt like I should've done a longer warm out. It was chilly and I didn't feel quite ready.
The race is run on the streets of Vineyard and mostly on sidewalk or street. It isn't a super exciting course, but it is flat, well marshalled and supported. I had lined up fairly close to the start but I was quickly humbled by the sheer number of people who initially passed me.
This race is mostly attended by locals and there were plenty of kids and young adults. I figured I'd catch some of the younger folks who blasted out too quickly. I was eyeballing other people that I was guessing were in my age group and trying to monitor their progress. With a 10 year age group, I didn't want to have a medal-less day.
The first mile was right on target - 7:51. Nothing out of the ordinary. I was beginning to wonder though if the wheels were going to come off. I just wasn't feeling super strong.
But every time I felt like coasting, I'd spy someone ahead that was definitely masters age level.
About midway through mile 2, the lead back of 10K runners flew by me. Here I am running hard and they fly by me -- probably at 90 to 120 seconds faster than I am.
Mile 2 hit at 7:59. The way I was feeling though I suspect mile 3 was going to be even slower.
I think after all the 5K racing I've done, I have a lot of mental strength and I started to do math. I had a shot at going sub 24 minutes. I knew the course was legit and I felt like I still had a lot to give. While I didn't feel like anyone was tacking me down, I did have runners ahead of me to work off of. Plus another masters runner was within shouting distance.
Throughout the race I was recalling last year's race. So I knew exactly where I was and how much further I had to run. This was a huge confidence boost in that I wasn't worried about encountering some hill or unexpected turn of events.
I kept pushing and doing math. Could I break 24 minutes? I was making ground against the master's runner ahead of me and I thought I'd be able to sprint past him in the final tenth of a mile. I don't think he realized I was behind him but he turned on the jets too and there just wasn't anything I could do.
I had given it all in the final quarter mile and I crossed the finish line in 24:05. So close.
So this race measured in at 3.05 miles. Last year I ran the same course in 3.10 miles. I'd like to count this as a legitimate race. And I did run about 25 seconds faster than last year.
I also won my age group. So I came home with a medal and folding picnic type of chair. They had plenty of post race refreshments. Bananas, granola bars and various other snacks. They also had a pretty nice swag bag including a coupon for a Dairy Queen (hence the Blizzard tie-in).
Overall, this race continues to be one of the best bargains of the year. Granted, I didn't get a t-shirt but I got a well supported, officially timed race and just a beautiful morning for a run. The race organizers definitely know what they are doing and I was very happy I went.
I plan on signing up next year and I want to try the 10K. It runs along Utah Lake and looks like a more scenic course.
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