We arrived at 7:30 and walked up to the track to find the bib-pickup area. The women were warming up and some parents were milling around waiting for the race to start.
By this time the women were lining up and ready to start. We found a spot to watch where I changed into my running shoes and prepared for my warmup.
|Ready for my Warmup|
I previewed the course which was 3 laps on the campus of the university finding it was a mix of dirt, loose sand, gravel, cement, pavement, and a grassy loop around the track. There was a couple of rises that almost passed for hills and would fully annoy me on lap three. I headed back to start line and lined up behind some college kids along side some other grey bearded fellows.
The start was quick and I was soon well behind the front runners. We exited the track area and I could see some of the regular age groupers just ahead of me. They went out well below 6:00 pace for mile one and I stayed behind. I soon realized that I forgot to reset my watch for auto-lap and was not going to see mile splits and the course was not marked. I was able to close up a bit on lap two but my legs were feeling heavy. Lap three was again, just an attempt to hold pace. I managed to push the last hill and stride out a bit on the grass loop around the track.
Overall, I think I'm holding up ok despite running 6 races in 7 or 8 weeks, thanks mostly to a training schedule, developed by Amanda Kourtz, that gets me to the start line healthy.
My finish time was 31:55, good enough for 3rd in the 55-59 AG and 5th in the 50-59 AG.
We headed out and made a brief stop for refreshments at Stone Brewery in Escondido.
|Refreshments at Stone|
Next stop the Cayamaca 6k, the 7th race in the Dirt Dog Series!