Started the morning off running from Jill's house to Phoenix HS for the Phoenix Pioneer Run. Added 1 more mile at the track while I was waiting for the race to start. I wasn't sure how the race was going to turn out, so my only goal was to run sub-6 on each mile.
1- 5:45 as we started off and I just went out with whatever pace the others set.
2- 5:56 with a turn-around and slight uphill. By this point it's a senior in HS and myself. Come to find out he was pretty quick (3rd @ state, school record in 800, 1500, 3000, and 5k).
3 & 4- 11:34. Missed the 3rd mile so not sure how these 2 miles went. Both were basically rolling up-hill with 1 semi-large hill.
5- 5:46 with more rolling hillls and slight downhill. Still just the 2 of us with a big lead over everyone else.
6- 5:11. At this point the HS guy makes a break around a corner and gaps me by 3-4 seconds but I quickly closed it and caught back up. I felt fine with the increased pace so I figured to roll with it and see how long I could maintain it. I also figured that if I stood a chance at beating this guy, I'd have to break him with over 3 miles left. His leg speed would tear me up if I waited too long and we were together at 8 miles.
7- 5:26 with some gradual uphill but the HS is slowing down, or at least not hanging with me like before.
8 & 9- 10:22. I really wish I hadn't missed the 8 mile mark. I was cruising and trying to keep some distance between myself and the HS in second. Either way, the last 2 miles make for a 5:11 average, so I can't complain.
Took 1st and just barely caught my sister who was crossing the finishline for her 5K that had started 30 minutes after my race. Made it fun to finish at the same time.
Had some time to kill so I ran 2 more miles for a cool down while I waited for awards. Or at least that's what I thought I was waiting for. After 90 minutes of waiting, I got jack. Not even a "and our overall winner in the 9 mile run was...." Rather, I got a lame blue ribbon for winning my age group. SWEET!
By this time it was 11 in the morning and I had to get going so I ran the 4 miles it took to return home after a very long morning.
White (143), Type A (25)
Highest mileage week ever. I'll hit somewhere around 60 next week...