I ran this course a few weeks ago so I knew how hard it was going to be, its 2 miles down hill and 1.1 back up with almost no flat spots. My friend and I deiced before the race that no matter what happens in the first 2 miles you are going to crawl the last 1.1, so we might as well take advantage of the downhill.
Mile 1 -
6:16, Avg HR 165, net loss 205’. As we start off the race I was in pain,
last night I stood in a trash can full of ice but my Achilles were still sore
today. The race started with a hill climb but even with that the first mile
still was mostly downhill. I didn’t warm up enough and I about pulled my
hamstring running down the first steep hill. I eased back but then it felt like
I was braking with every step.
Mile 2 – 12:19 (6:03 mile split)
Avg HR 171, net loss 245’. Now that I was properly warmed up I was able to
extend my stride without my hamstring feeling like it was going to give. This
mile was entirely downhill and very fast. The slamming on the concrete didn’t
feel good on my Achilles and my quads were also taking a beating. I was actually
looking forward to the end of the downhill.
Mile 3 – 21:49 (9:29
mile split) Avg HR 185, net gain 345’. Yes you read that right a 9:29 mile and
wasn’t out of matches, actually I was passing people. Almost immediately after
the 2 mile mark the race turns and climbs back to the starting area. I was
surprised at how many people ran 6 min pace and were now walking. This mile hurt
like hell is was a man killer.
Finish 3.1 miles – 23:13 (14:00
pace for the last 0.1), Avg HR 189 (Max HR 193), net gain 105’. Believe it or
not I was still passing people while running 14 min pace. That’s because this
entire 0.1 mile section was spent climbing the stairs to the top of the Red
Rocks Amphitheater. My quads were on fire by the time I crossed the finish.
Overall I finished 25th out of 2,000 people. The course was absolutely
gorgeous and I am sure this is one that I want to run again next year. Hopefully
next year I will be able to take it easy the day before.