Saturday, October 18, 2008

Chandler Challenge 10k

The Chandler Challenge is a first time event and I was expecting around 200 runners between the 10k and the 5k. There were three times that many runners and both races started at the same time. All the runners ran on the same course, so until the 5k'ers crossed the bridge at the 1.55 mark, it was crowded. This canal is the same canal that the Tumbleweed Running Club runs on, so it was familiar territory.

I started out fast, but comfortable and as you can see my splits went from the 10's to the 12's after mile two. That's when I started taking walk breaks.

This was a fund raiser for Chandler schools, so each elementary school had a team of teachers, parents and students walking, jogging and running. Most did the 5k, so once I was passed the 1.55 mark it got much less crowded. Unfortunately, more people were passing me on the back half of the course, than were being passed. I traded back and forth with a few people, but eventually they pulled away from me too.

I did have enough gas to kick it in gear for the final .2 and did that in a 10:50 mpm pace. I ran 89% of the race, so I just need to improve on that a bit. This was also the lightest I've weighed for a race (216), so that's got to help.

This is the third 10k I've run and the 30th race overall since August of 2006. As you can see in the graph below, it was my slowest 10k. I'll do the Mesa Turkey Trot again next month and hopefully will have a lot more stamina and get closer to my PR. At last years turkey trot I walked .26 miles of the course. Today I walked .67 miles.

Edit: It's actually my fourth 10k. I forgot I ran the New Times Five and Dime last November. That's where you race the 5k and then the 10k event back to back. I got about 10 minutes to rest in between events. I did the 10k portion in about 1:16:xx. So that would be my slowest. I'm doing both races again this November 9th.

On a personal note, my kid Tyler got his drivers license yesterday. He couldn't parallel park my Honda Pilot last week and had to retake the test. Yesterday, we took Amy's Toyota Sienna mini van and he did it on the first try. Then out on the road and after a long wait (it was the DMV after all) he got his new license. We celebrated by eating sushi for lunch, which accounts for my slight weight gain from yesterday. That darn white rice.

Good luck to anyone racing this weekend!


Darrell said...

Sounds like a nice race.

Congrats to Tyler, watch out Chandler.

Some guy named John said...

Congrats on a good race!

Nat said...

I hate feeling like I'm getting smoked on the last legs of the race. Alas. If I could bottle the good ones for the races...

Where do you live again? Gotta make sure I stay off the road... LOL. (Congrats to Tyler -- I still can't parallel park, you can pass here without it.)

Nick Markosian said...

Thanks for the report on the Chandler 10k race Pat! Wish I was there running it with you.

On a positive note, I played 2.5 hours of tennis with no knee discomfort yesterday. Might try a 2 mile run with knee brace today or hold out until Tuesday to try.

What's your next race?


DatabaseDiva said...

Hi Pat,

It's good to see that you are still active and keeping the weight off. 42 pounds is an accomplishment.

That Five and Dime race sounds like fun. I love races that are unusual!


P.S. Congratulations to your son. You have some long and anxious evenings ahead of you!

Frayed Laces said...

Great job on your race!

Pokey said...

Hey skinny man...nice race this weekend! Bummer that I couldnt get in on my schedule...but Lisa and I knocked out some miles this morning instead. Did you see Candace there? I think that was her very first race!!!!

Chad in the AZ Desert said...

Great job with both the race and the awesome weight loss. You really have come a long way since 2006. Keep up the good work!

Jeff said...

Great to see you back racing, Pat. Too bad you couldn't get the TRC together for it.

The Running Knitter said...

Great job on the race!

J~Mom said...

Nice job! Wish I could have made it out there for that one!