Race date: 27.5.2012
Official Finishing Time: 39:23 chip time
Official Position: 1/32 (finishers)
Well, winning is nice, but this was a pretty small club race, and my time is nothing to write home about. This race report is overdue as well, but it took a while before the official results were up, and I’ve been travelling… This 10k race took place in Oakland, California. Me and Elizabeth were staying in San Francisco for a week and had spotted this race around Lake Merritt (two laps). It sounded nice, and it was clear that the course was going to be fairly flat and probably fast. Weather pretty good, and all conditions decent. Race organization was smooth too, and with a cost of $5 I can’t really complain!
I set off at the front, expecting to have one or two people running roughly at my pace. Not knowing the course, I thought it wise to run behind someone to begin with, which I did for about the first mile. There was also a 5k and a 15k race that had started a few minutes before, so the first thing was to find a way around the slower 5k and 15k runners. I followed the fastest 10k runner — a guy in his fifties — to begin with, but the pace was not quite what I was hoping to do, so after less than two miles I found myself to be the 10k front runner. Very soon after that I had overtaken all the 5k runners too. When I started the second lap, it seemed clear that the race was mine. There was however one guy to overtake yet, but he was in the 15k race. After 6k, I had no one to pace me, and that shows in the splits. Not that I had been going quite as fast as I hope to begin with; my target pace was around 3:45min/km. Well, I would’ve still easily gotten below 39min, but I got somehow confused on the last lap and made a wrong turn just before the finish! The second 10k runner nearly caught up with me, and I ended up having to sprint to the finish to keep my position.
Well, it was a fun day all in all, and I did enjoy winning! This was the first “proper” race that I’ve won, although the prize was just a ribbon thingie. What made the day even better is that Elizabeth won the ladies’ race! She was 9th overall, with a time of 48:17. We had a lovely brunch in San Francisco afterwards.
5k 3:56.5 (5k in 19:07.8)
Total: 10,23k in 39:24.3
Next race coming up already this Sunday, a half marathon in St. Maries, Idaho.