Saturday, October 4, 2008

Elkmont Rails to Trails 10k

What a great day for a race! The weather was perfect! And a big thanks to Whitney Hollingsworth for putting on this race. It was GREAT FUN! There are so many nice people who run! I met several people today, and that's always nice. I'll see you at the next race!

The course starts with a short but noticeable uphill climb on Veto Road. Then, the next 1.5 miles or so are seriously downhill. I should have taken more advantage of that than I did. It flattens for a short time around mile 3, then it turns to the trail and the next 3 miles are steady uphill. There is no flat or downhill portion of the last 3 miles. It's not steep at all, but it's uphill.

I finished in 44:24 and took second in my age group behind Scott Michael who beat me by about a minute. I didn't get all the splits, but I'll list what I have.

  1. 6:56
  2. 14:22 (for miles 2 and 3)
  3. 7:26 (mile 4)
  4. 6:59 (mile 5)
  5. 8:40 for the last 1.2 miles
I wish I had every split. Oh well. Mile 4 killed me. It was the first uphill mile, and I should have kicked it in sooner. I did NOT get passed in the last 3.2 miles, which was good. I passed at least 6 people in the last 3.2. I had too much gas at the end which tells me that I didn't try hard enough early enough. I wanted to go sub 45 and I did. When I saw the clock, I knew that I could go sub 44:30 if I kicked it in, and I kicked it in and had way too much in the tank.

Of course, Tyrone Harris was the overall winner. I'll post a link to the results as soon as I have a link.


Anonymous said...

congrats on the age group placing!!!! Your just racking up the hardware!!!!

Great job!

Anonymous said...

Hey Eric,

Congrats on the race - sounds like you ran a good one. This was an easy training weekend for us - just 4 miles on Sunday. Next week is a 12 miler, but my daughter has talked me into running the Cullman Octoberfest 5k with her on Sat. first. See you at the 1/2 in Hsv.
-Rob (ex-gym member)

reachdown said...

Hey Rob,
You could run the 5k as part of a long run to get 12 in. If I didn't have a scheduling conflict, I'd come down and run that 5k with you. Drop me an email at ericdpatterson at yahoo dot com to keep me posted on how your training is going.