Family morning race. Slept much better last night. Have a bunch of work for next week with two presentations... So it was great to start the weekend with this break. We did the Beat the Heat 5K for the Shriners Hospital hosted by the SLCPD. Since it is a circuit race there is always good competition so I was just hoping to crack the top 10. My wife wanted to defend her stroller title. The girls just wanted to have fun. All four goals were met plus we got some raffle prizes to boot.
Packet pick-up was race morning so we got there a at about 7am when they were opening up. The total field seemed slightly smaller which is a bummer considering it is a fundraiser but there was still a pretty good showing. They do a good job with this race, it is accurate and has good loot. So hopefully more people will start doing it.
I did a short warm-up and wasn't actually sure what to expect for the day. With the different routine this week I was not feeling that on, seems like the common theme. Definitely approaching these races more for fun than anything lately. I saw a few bloggers and some of the Wasatch Athletics before the race. Heard Fiddy pointing out a guy in "crazy" shorts that I made my target for competition today.
Then we started. I settled into the far back of the second pack and wasn't sure where I was at place wise. When this group started to break up at ~1mi I saw "crazy" shorts and a high school guy that I thought were both in striking distance. The others were too far up.
By the climb up D or E Street I was starting to gain on "crazy" shorts. I passed him on the hill and then changed my focus to high school guy. Back on 11th it is a gradual climb and my progress was slow and I thought I was slipping but at the 2 mi mark I made a concerted effort and finally caught high school guy. From there on it was just pushing for time.
My effort was about as hard as I could have done today. Especially looking at HR. I did enjoy myself and made it to the line with time to go get the camera and get some good pics of my wife successfully defending her title (and dinner certificate for The Dodo). After a bit of a cool down the girls each ran their 1K races and then after winning a meal at Noodles & Co. and a car first aid kit in the drawings we headed home.
1.5 mi wu; 7:01 HR 155
Mi 1: 5:25, HR 178, A 50 ft, D 59 ft
Mi 2: 5:43, HR 186, A 112 ft, D 171 ft
Mi 3: 5:54, HR 190, A 148 ft, D 73 ft
0.12 mi: 0:36, HR 191, A 22 ft, D 10 ft
TOTAL: 17:37, Avg. 5:39 HR 185 A 332 ft D 314 ft
8th place overall and 1st in age. Two places further back than last year but 34 seconds faster, so the field though it looked smaller was definitely faster.