This was run on Saturday November 12, 2016. Why a Saturday ?
Windy, light spitting rainy day. Lot of people running this one. There’s a long hill in the first kilometer with an equally long descent, then a lot of flats. Two dips, down to bridges over the Salmon River and then back up to level. Then the last 500m was trail and grass/mud (very slick and mucky) and a steep STEEP uphill in the last 100m, with a sharp left and then a sprint to the finish line.
For some reason I was all nerves before this race, and I felt it in the first k. Made it to about the halfway mark before I started rest intervals. This did not feel very successful. And with back problems last week I didn’t do a run since that weighted 1.6k on Nov 3.
But once again, MEC organized a really good race, there was a lot of snacks available afterwards and some free schwag, and they did well to get everyone checked in (there was no pre-pickup at the store).
So Race 4 was short by about 200m, this one went over by about 75m.
Under 29:00, that’s something. Knew afterwards it wasn’t going to be a PR. Endurance needs to be something I work on…
Looking at the official numbers … I ran a 28:26 for what they claim to be a 5:41 pace. This puts me 12th place of 23 on the mens’ side :
This was a very strong field of runners this time out. Even if I had pushed a PR, I’d only have moved up four rankings overall.
There were 65 women in the race :
Then of (23+65) 88 competitors, I came in 26th overall.
And it looks like MEC’s 2017 run series has ten (10) events ! Cool.