– 42:15 (6:49 pace, Avg HR 177)
Earlier in the week on Wednesday I had a failed speed workout and I knew
right from then that I wouldn’t be racing this one but using it as a workout. On
race day I decided on something in between race and workout, pacing my friend on
his time goal. On Saturday my daughter’s friend had a birthday party at Jump
Street and being the active parent I am I jumped with the kids for a couple of
hours, which I still felt on race day.
Mile 1 – 6:44 (Avg HR 165). My
legs felt like crud right from the start. This first mile felt way harder than
it should have.
Mile 2 – 13:24 (6:40 mile split, Avg HR 177). As the
excitement of the start wore off this mile felt like work, not fun. My quad felt
like they were going to rip off of my hips and my friend that I was pacing was
now pulling away from me.
Mile 3 – 20:07 (6:43 mile split, Avg HR 178 ).
At the start of mile 3 we ran through the Pepsi Center and along the arena were
the Avalanche and Nuggets play.
Mile 4 – 26:55 (6:48 mile split, Avg HR
178 ). I started to hit my stride and the pace just felt easier (quads feeling
better). I caught up to my friend and took the lead as pacer again. Also on this
mile we ran through Coors field (Rockies Stadium) and a short section along the
dirt from home base to 3rd base and then out the back of the outfield.
Mile 5 – 33:56 (7:01 mile split, Avg HR 181). Back on the streets of
down town Denver the tall building made nice shade. My friend and I were running
with a small group and all of us really hit started to run out of gas and the
Mile 6 – 40:58 (7:02 mile split, Avg HR 184). Huge traffic
jams as the 5K race merged back onto the same course. My friend says he is done
and not to wait for him and go for it. I held the same pace be he and the group
we were running with dropped way back.
6.2 Miles – 42:15 (6:25 pace, Avg
HR 190). I picked up the pace a little for the final stretch but I still held
back because my quads were burning up (and this was a flat course). The race
finished on the sidelines of the 50 yard line of mile high stadium (Broncos). I
felt like a star running out of the same tunnel onto the field.
did have a lot of fun and this was one of the coolest races I have ever run. But
it was hard holding my pace through the halls and 90 degree turns inside the
stadiums. I finished 35th out of all the men and 5th in my age group. My friend
only fell behind by 0:20 in the last mile and finished with a PR by over 2:00
(he was pretty happy).