“I think this course is mostly flat with a few hills.”
Not really. It was mostly hills with some flat. I had hoped to break 1:15 in the Loma Linda Holiday Classic 15K this morning, but at mile 2 as I trudged up the hill slowing from 8:00 pace to 10:44 at the apex (it was steep) I quickly reevaluated. I had begun to question breaking 1:20 at that point. But thankfully, with up hills comes down hills so I was able to make up some of the speed bumps but my splits clearly display the elevation changes:
Minutes per Mile Avg Pace
They also show how kind of unfair the St George races are. I ran slower for 9.3 miles than I ran at Snow Canyon for 13.1 with the 2000 foot elevation loss.
Anyway, I finished 1:16:10 and while I am kinda bummed that I just missed the 1:15’s by 10 seconds, I am content with my time considering the negotiations that took place from mile 3 to 7.
Last year, that would have been first in my age group but faster folks showed up today, and #1 was well under 1:15. So I had to settle for #2. Two more medals to add to my collection:
The race was smaller (maybe 200 in the 15K) but it was d-tag timed with plenty of porta-potties and course support. For $40 it’s a good one! Even if I had to drive a bit out of the way and get up a 4am for the 7am start.
The rest of the day will be spent making Etsy stuff. It’s been kinda crazy with that, actually. I think I am pricing things too reasonably because certain items sell within a few hours – I’m sure it’s the holidays and come January it’ll probably be few sales if any.
My latest creation is this guy (dragonfly earwarmer/headwrap):