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Measure of Love 10K Trail Run - Run10k

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MMRP, Arizona
United States
Josephs Appraisal Group
55F / 13C
Total Time = 39m 5s
Overall Rank = 1/63
Age Group =
Age Group Rank = 0/
Pre-race routine:

This race was a small, charity event raising money for the Boys and Girls Club of Arizona and is held in McDowell Mountain Park, not more than 6 miles from our home. It's a beautiful desert perserve with amazing hiking and mountain bike trails. Race start was 8:00am, so we headed over around 7:15. Once we arrived at the parking lot, we did packet pick up, but on our numbers, and then sat in the car as it was chilly and windy out.
Event warmup:

About 10min before the start, we left the car and ran a bit in the parking lot to get the legs warm.
  • 39m 5s
  • 6.21 miles
  • 06m 17s  min/mile

Jamie and I lined up in the front row for the start (See my Training blog for some fun pics!). Once they sent us off, two guys went to the front. One was an older dude from Armenia (I know because his outfit had Armenia all over it) and a younger kid, maybe late teens, early 20's. I settled in behind them for the first half mile to get myself up to speed. The Armenian dude dropped back and I moved up behind the kid, using him to block some of the wind. We went throught the first mile in 5:50 or so. He beagn to slow slightly and I moved by him into the lead prior to the turnaround. Once I turned, I had a sweet tailwind and slight decline in elevation and was flying. I saw a tall guy had caught the Armenian and was closing on the kid, so I figured he would move into second and would be the only guy I needed to worry about. Runniong back along the trail, I saw Jamie was in 3rd for the woman and I had to negotiate people coming the other way. I went through mile 2 but didn't split it.

I hit the turn off for the climb up the scenic trail around mile 2.5 and began the climb to the ridge line. It was mostly single track but the footing was pretty good. Once on top, it was a series of long rollers with awesome views of the park the the Mazatal Mountains. The fotting become a bit sketchy and rocky up here, so i had to spend most of this part looking down. My HR was in the low 170's and i was feeling very good. They didn't have any mile markers on the ridge, so I just kept up the pace knwoing I would be within a mile once I came down off of it. The descent was very tricky and rocky and I sacraficed some pace for safety and my HR came down into the high 150's.

Once I hit the bottom, I was in a sandy wash and the headwind was back. I passed mile 5 and it was just a grind coming back. My HR was back in the high 160's, but I was getting tired. About 1/2 mile from the finish, I looked back for the first and only time to make sure I was clear and alone. I don't like looking back and try and do it once and only once. I could see the camp site by the parking lot and knew I was close. the trail re-connected with Pemberton and I ran into the parking lot. They had a tapre set up for me to break and a guy in an Arizona Cardinals mascot outfit. :)
Post race
Warm down:

I broke the tape, high-fived the Cardinal, and waited for the field to come in. That tall guy held on for 2nd, he was almost 2min behind me and the Armenian guy beat the younger kid. Turns out he was about 44 or so. Old guys representing at the front! Jamie battled hard and ran a 48:00 for 4th female overall. I was told my 39:05 may have been a course record.

Event comments:

My very first open 10K race and very first trail race and the first time I have flat out won a arce. I don't race often and when i do, they temd to be big events, so it was fun to do a little one like this.

Last updated: 2010-03-17 12:00 AM
00:39:05 | 06.21 miles | 06m 17s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 1/63
Performance: Good
My target HR was 168 once I got warmed up after the first mile. My HR monitor had a period where it spiked up to 180+, so my data wasn't exact, but it settled back down and I saw mostly 168-172, which is my run LT. Average HR was 164, max was around 175.
Course: An out and partially back along the Pemberton Trail, whcih was into a stiff headwind on the way out for the first mile. Pemberton is fairly flat and nice and sandy. Then we turned off and went up along the Scenic Trail which had a climb on rocky single track up to a ridge line and then back down into a wash and then back to the finish at the parking lot. The run had over 350 feet of climbing.
Keeping cool Good Drinking
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 5
Physical exertion [1-5] 5
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

2010-03-31 8:28 AM

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Fountain Hills, AZ
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2010-03-31 8:44 AM
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Falls Church, VA
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Cool report and good job coming out on top.  I've also noticed that at the local trail races I've been doing that aside from a few younger guys who are fast, those 40-49 guys are leading the pack.  Low 6's on the trail is pretty fast, means you're really bookin it on the flatter/non technical sections. 
2010-03-31 8:46 AM
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Wow, Nice race. Congrats.
2010-03-31 2:16 PM
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North Alabama
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Holy Smokes!!

Congrats on the win and finish. That's quite the accomplishment.
2010-03-31 7:43 PM
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2010-04-01 7:53 AM
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good job.

2010-04-01 10:27 AM
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Reston, VA
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Congratulations on the win!
2010-04-02 2:04 AM
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Plano, Tx
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Get off the trails and back on the road were you belong!!


Nice job Bryan. Way to get it done on your first trail race!
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