Sunday, March 15, 2009

St. Pat's One Miler

It was the annual St. Patrick's 8k (4.8 miles) and 1 mile races in Kiwanis Park. I've always wanted to do a one mile race and I figured this was my time. I tapered for three days. My legs were tired and I planned to take two days off, but it turned into three. Over 200 runners lined up for the longer race and 39 of us lined up across the street for the mile. It was about half kids and half adults. I figured I could finish in the top 4 or 5. Usually there's some fast kids and one or two fast adults.

Luckily, today there was only one fast kid. I got to be the fast adult. Before the start of the race, one dad was giving instructions to two young men next to me. Finally, the one kid looked at me and said, "I'll just follow him." That was the nine year old that lead the whole race. I was right behind and had to give him directions to turn right, go under the bridge, keep the lake on your left and finally to turn right again. Yeah, I was tempted to have him run around the lake again.

The finish is up a hill and then a sharp right turn into the picnic area. I tried to kick it, but my tank was empty and his wasn't. His buddy, the 7 year old was right on my tail the whole way. We finished one, two, three.
An 8:10 mile is my best. I think I did an 8:20 first mile at the Goodyear 5k. After the race I got to talk with the kids. For polite and nice. I let him know I didn't let him win. If I could have passed him, I would have. My garmin battery was low, so I didn't get to see my pace during the race. I just tried to keep up with the fast kid.
After our race, I got to watch the longer race. It's entirely inside the park. Around the lake, on the canal and some park road. It was nice that they went one way and the milers went the other.

I stuck around and helped with the kiddie dash. The 7 year old that finished third in the mile, won his age group in the KD. The 9 year old finished 4th. Plenty of fruit, cookies and water for the runners. They even had some green beer. They gave out awards to the top three in all age groups for the long run and medals to the top male and female in the mile. I did win my AG (three old guys), but no medal for second place overall.
I am now putting my race reports on Arizona Foot Races. It's a blog that lists all Arizona races from Lake Powell to the Mexican border with race reports from lots of different runners. It's new and you can put your race reports there too. That is, if you run any Arizona races.
I started this blog and April is the first month. But, I'm posting older race reports. So, if you have any race reports, let me know. I can copy and paste them from your blog to AFR.
Check it out, I think it'll be pretty cool.


Girl on Top said...

Great job! A one miler does sound like fun.

Good for you for not tricking him. lol.

Some guy named John said...

No need to sell me on the mile! In a lot of ways it's my favorite distance to race. Congrats on the PR and a race well run.

Anonymous said...

Great run! Great PR! You now having me want to do a mile!!!!

Marcy said...

Alright PAT!!! Dang, a one miler seems like a whole lot of hurt LOL CONGRATS!!

Chad in the AZ Desert said...

Great job! That sounds like fun. I've never run a 1-mile race before.

The Running Knitter said...

Awesome job! Congrats!

Jeff said...

Great mile, Pat.

Was that really an 89 year old woman in 5th place with a sub 9 minute mile?

Pat said...

Jeff, I think that person left her age off. 89 is their default number in the computer. You can see she doesn't have an AG.

There was an 82 year old lady that finished the 8k with a 9:43 pace. I saw her and had a hard time believing she ran that fast. Let alone, finishing at all.

SuperDave said...

Great job on the 8:10!
I would've pushed him into the lake! haha