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Pike’s Peek 10K Race Recap!

on April 29, 2012

Phew.  Glad that’s over! I raced the Pike’s Peek 10K this morning.  Here’s the start!


Final Finish Time:    54:52

Pace:   8:49

Place:  Finished 391 out of 1445 women, 59 out of 203 in my age group.  Almost top quarter so not too bad.

Here are my splits:

Mile Pace
1 8:40
2 8:40
3 8:48
4 8:57
5 9:08
6 8:56
.2 1:22 (6:49 pace!)

I felt really strong the first two miles, and felt like I was maintaining a steady pace (which apparently I was).  3rd mile….about 3/4 miles up hill.  Now, we’re not talking Mt. Everest here, it was a slight incline.  But man oh man did it tucker me out!  The effect hit me at mile 4…I started bonking.  I walked a few times.  Had to catch my breath.  Plus, my stomach tightened up and I started feeling my toe nails cutting into my toes.  So, mile 5 was no bueno.

Around 5.6, I looked at my watch and thought “okay, you don’t feel great, but you’ve been training for this for so long.  Now suck it up and get to that finish line.”  Which I did!  The last half mile or so I ran in the low 8s, and totally gave it all I had to cruise to the finish.  It helped that the last .2 was a niiiice down hill.

My heart rate was pretty insane.  The last chunk it got up to 202 beats per minute.  Considering your max is supposed to be 200, that’s pretty high.  But, for me, 190 is pretty typical at high exertion so it makes sense.

Honestly, it was a great race.  The packet pickup was easy, and race day was well organized.  Plenty of parking, not terrible traffic. The course was great, although I could have done with a few less inclines, there were way more gentle declines where you could really stride out.  Plus, the weather was perfect for a race, about mid 50s and sunny.  Added bonus: Plenty of Port-o-Potty’s which is usually a HUGE problem with races.

Post race was also quite well done with music and a bouncy house (there was a kid’s fun run), along with a TON of food.  The most I’ve ever seen at a race.

While in theory this was great, I found the food options quite ironic.  See, the race was hosted by Kaiser Permanente, a health care provider.  I expected, ya know, healthy choices.  Not so much.  Options:  Pizza. Popeye’s Fried Chicken.  All meat subs (no veg option).  Pulled Pork and Chicken BBQ.  Donuts.  Chinese Food.  Ice cream.

Hmmm.  Strange.  Adding to the irony, Whole Foods had a table, so I hoped for good stuff there.  Fail – They were only handing out water…and pamphlets!  Egads.

Definitely a little shocked that a race promoting health and well-being chose these options, but I was probably the only one bothered.  People were stoked.  It’s a super bummer when you finish a race and the post race festivities and food suck so, all in all, still a well-done race I would definitely do again.  (**Note, I’d perhaps be less on my soap box had the Popeye’s tent had biscuits.  I LOVE buttermilk biscuits.  But since they didn’t, I could pretend I had willpower 😉 )

Anyhoo, we held off on eating the race food in favor of The Original Pancake House which I’ve been wanting to try forever.  Totally worth it.  I got a simple meal: Buttermilk pancakes, hashbrowns, eggs.  Pancakes were sweet and rich and fluffy and delicious.  Hashbrowns were crispy and the eggs were light and well done.

Last tidbit.  While we were on our way back to the car, we saw a pair of newly weds who had just raced together.  How do I know you ask?  Perhaps because they were dressed like this:

So Cute!


And just in case you’re interested, here are the workouts for the week:

Monday: Off

Tuesday: Ladder sprints (1600, 1200, 800, 400 then repeat)

Wednesday: Swim – 100m w/u, 5x100m, 100m kick [repeat], 400m c/d – about a mile, not bad 🙂

Thursday: Tempo – 2x2mile at about 8:40 first, then about 9:00 second, plus half mile warm up and cool down.  Kinda slow, I think the swim the night before tuckered me out!

Friday: Slow and Steady 4 miler.  Didn’t want to press my luck before the race, just ran a few to loosen up.

Saturday:  Off

Sunday:  Race Day!


2 responses to “Pike’s Peek 10K Race Recap!

  1. Yosef says:

    Hooray! Great effort. Would love to see the Garmin Stats. The watch was accurate/help you during the race? Does is bother you to have it on your wrist/look down at it? Aside from a poor mile (5) you raced really well. Congrats!

  2. Thanks Yosef 🙂
    My Garmin was spot on, it was off by 2 seconds and the distance was exact. (Note – this is pretty impressive since it doesn’t use a GPS, just a foot pod to measure speed and distance!). It doesn’t bother me to look at it, I try not to do it too much and I have the smallest one so it’s not an encumbrance. I only get mad when the virtual partner is going faster than I am….

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