Grew up outside Chicago and joined the blog while I lived in Salt Lake City. Now living outside Birmingham. I am married with two daughters. Wife thinks I'm crazy for doing marathons. And yes I am crazy I'm a scientist for a living...
Deseret News 10K (6.2 Miles) 00:33:30, Place overall: 38, Place in age division: 7
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Deseret News 10K 2009—
This race sure knows how to turn
around my mood. I’ve been very hesitant coming off my August 20th
injury. I know I ran St. George on it (probably not the best idea but I don’t
regret it). Since then I’ve been making a slow climb back to “health” and now
athlete again. I’ve had glimpses of encouragement along the way, some fast time
trial 5K and all out miles. However, I still had some lingering pain and was
not 100% confident going to the start line.
Sandra was gracious enough to
pick up my, Sasha, and Jeff’s race packets Thursday. Sasha stopped by that night
to pick up his (sorry about the safety pins). Then Jeff came by my place at
5:20am on the dot and we warmed up over to the start. With both I had good
Then at the start saw a lot of
people I haven’t seen in awhile. I could really feel the nerves. I knew I had
built this race up in my head as “my return” so the pressure was on. However, I
wasn’t sure what to expect or how to proceed.
A few minutes before the gun, I
felt that I would just try and keep some of the familiar faces in view and go
by feel. The night before I had re-read last year’s race report and really
wanted to have a repeat but also did want to go out and break myself again. I knew
Albert was in much better shape than last year and there would be no Chad,
however there were both Cody and Jon at the start this year and though I knew
they are both running well this year I felt I would try and keep up with them.
The first mile as always is a
screamer and to my surprise I looked down at a almost the exact same split as
last year. The good news was that despite the heat and humidity it didn’t feel
as hard as last year.
5:03.86 aHR 176 Ascent 16ft Descent 206ft
I could see Albert was already
well out of reach. I felt Jon might be as well. I could see Cody and began to
work up to him. Though he had his first split as a little slower than mine I
didn’t think I passed him until the down by the VA Hospital. The second mile
surprised me even more as I saw that split was also about the same as last
5:05.05 aHR 185 Ascent 32ft Descent 205ft
After this I was a little in a
daze. I couldn’t believe how good I was feeling with the heat. I just focused
on a Wasatch Running Center jersey about 50m up and wanted to catch whoever
that was. However, every time I made a move he seemed to do the same. The
distance even started to grow at this point. There was a guy in a black jersey
and one in a red jersey as well and I tried to work off of them. The third mile
felt hard and was bummed to see that it did deviate from last year’s but wasn’t
too worried about it at that point.
5:23.90 aHR188 Ascent 86ft Descent 172ft
Remembered were the 5K point was
and looked down to see a 15:55.## click by. Pretty sure that is a new PR…
At this point I was just happy
that I made it through half the race without my legs falling off or my knee
exploding all over the street. My hip was tight but not too bad. I was in race
mode and wanted to keep going. This next mile was the last of the “easy” miles
and I wanted to do my best. Wasatch guy still didn’t seem to be getting any
closer and I was definitely getting more tired.
5:34.82 aHR 186 Ascent 91ft Descent 187ft
I could tell the wheels were
falling off and even with the parade crowd I was finding it hard to hang on.
Mile 5 was a blur and all I remember is hearing someone coming up very close.
5:28.79 aHR 186 Ascent 130ft Descent 232ft
I was happy to see a slightly
faster mile. However, the “person” got closer and then pulled up alongside of
me. When I heard my name I just assumed that yet again I had gone out too hard
and Jon had got me toward the end of yet another race. But to my surprise it
was Josh S. I assumed he would have either been way ahead of me or playing
around out back. But I forget what a stellar athlete he is and he was just
playing around up front (or at least by me). I tried to tuck in behind him and
he encouraged me. But I was not having it. I was done. I let it creep into my
mind how few training miles I had done and that it was too hot. My bad on all
accounts. Before he left me he said we could catch the two guys ahead (one of them
Wasatch guy). I didn’t think so and just watched him go. But to my surprise
they started coming back to me. I tried to push a little harder and though Josh
continued to leave me the other two were getting closer and closer…
5:47.19 aHR 188 Ascent 52ft Descent 70ft
I was really hurting but mustered
a high school finish and “sprinted” past first black shirt guy and then at the
line Wasatch jersey guy.
1:06.63 aHR 190 Ascent 4ft Descent 10ft
My post race time and place: 33:31.1 in 33rd place
My official striderracing.com
time and place: 33:30.8 in 38th
That is my second fastest 10K.
Turns out Wasatch Jersey guy was Darrell Phippen and black jersey guy was Seth
Gutzwiller. Chris Odekirk also came up to me after the race and I guess I was
his Wasatch Jersey for the race but he ran out of road, lucky for me…
Overall, I am very happy with this
performance. I guess I cannot play lame duck anymore. I’m still sore in all the
wrong places but I am not sorer than going in so I think that is a good thing.
I double checked and I have run 719 mi less this year than last with much less
After the race (and before the
race) I met some more bloggers. Redrooster and Dave S among a number of Walter’s
women. It is always nice to put a face to a name. Then Jon Cody and I ran up to
Total for the day
2.5 mi wu Avg. 9:14
6.2 mi Race Avg. 5:24
5.5 mi cd Avg. 10:08
Adidas Adistar (flats) #2 Miles: 14.00
RM 090416 Miles: 0.24
WM 090416 Miles: 0.01
Night Sleep Time: 6.00
Nap Time: 0.00
Total Sleep Time: 6.00
From Holt on Sat, Jul 25, 2009 at 17:11:57 from 126.96.36.199
sweet job! Glad to see things are rolling along quite well - you have been very patient with all this (it seems!).
From Sasha Pachev on Sat, Jul 25, 2009 at 18:19:51 from 192.168.1.1
Decent return, almost all the way there.
I assume the splits are off the GPS. First two mile look normal, the third one looks short, and the fourth one long. The fifth I cannot tell since the marker was disguised.
Was Josh just too sore from Bryce Canyon? I would have expected him to run 31:30 or so.
From JD on Sat, Jul 25, 2009 at 20:17:33 from 188.8.131.52
Congratulations on such a strong comeback/recovery. Thanks for blogging though all of it. It's been real educational for me to follow your persistent and patient efforts in getting back to it!
From Dave S on Sat, Jul 25, 2009 at 21:21:10 from 184.108.40.206
Adam, nice to meet you. Nice report. That's great you ran your second best time after all it appears you've been through. Looks like your on your way to some PRs.
From Adam RW on Sat, Jul 25, 2009 at 21:32:21 from 220.127.116.11
Sasha, Those are my Garmin splits. Since I train by Garmin I race by Garmin, close enough for me. However, I agree that the markers seemed a little off as my Garmin was often beeping a good 10-20 ft away from them. As far as Josh goes, he was just out for a run. I'm sure if he had wanted he could have hit a much faster time...
From redrooster on Sat, Jul 25, 2009 at 23:51:04 from 18.104.22.168
Adam, great race report, glad I could line up with you and see you at the end! I will find your university email account and send the pics I took. that is awesome you got your postdoc grant funded, really lets you focus on doing science and publishing, you will notice a huge load lifted not having to worry about and rely on your lab PI for money (and technically you're only accountable to yourself now too which is a nice feeling, ignore the "boss" and pursue some of your own interests on the side). That's how I felt when I got my postdoc grant anyway- I scored a Life sciences research foundation fellowship, and then split my time between a lab project and building my own independent project to take with me. And it helps when looking for faculty positions too to have asuccessful funding record already. Of course you know all this stuff already so I am just rambling. Hope to see you at another race soon, Scott
From Superfly on Sun, Jul 26, 2009 at 10:09:16 from 22.214.171.124
Great race Adam and nice book or a report:) JK. It looks like your ready to do some more racing.
I'd guess anyone running this race after doing Bryce last week would be sore and slow... notice Seth dropped out of the marathon. Bryce beats you more than any other race in the state. Because it's a half and because of the downhill.