1) It's a flat course, and for Colorado that's rare!
2) It's a community event - over 2000 people come out wearing green and other fun St. Pat's Day spirit wear.
|no lack of St. Patty's Day Spirit here!|
Today started off pretty typical. I met the TNT team at Monument Valley Park for a run. I do this every year....they run 50-60 minutes, and I run 30-40 as a warm-up, along with anyone else running in the 5k. After my warm-up, I walk over to the starting line, which is less than a mile away in downtown Colorado Springs. Temps were near 50 and sunny with a bit of a cool breeze.
|Chris, Coach (me), Kisti, Bridget - awesome TNTers!|
|Race number 1598. Love my rainbow injinji socks.|
The gun goes off and the crowd surges forward. I ran a 23:32 last year, so I'd like to match that. I haven't been doing any real speed work - lots of base miles - so I didn't know what to expect. Going into the race I was recovering from a cold from 2 weeks prior and not enough sleep. But my legs felt strong during the warm-up so I was hoping for a strong performance.
And here's what I got:
Here's the link to the file:
Garmin GPS/HR data
My time was 23:12 but the chip time was 23:08. A 20+ second PR over last year's race and a 5th place age group finish. I'll take it!
Here are a few more pictures of the day:
|bouncy things for the kids|
|guys with bagpipes|
|hanging out before the race with Pikes Peak in the background|
|runners almost to the finish|
|gorilla bouncy thing...|
|people in green heading towards the finish|
And a link to full coverage of the event on PikesPeakSports.us