Saturday, March 6, 2010

Resurrection 10K

This morning I ran in a local 10K, the Resurrection Run put on by the Prattville FUMC.  I met up with the scoundrel, James, and we warmed up for about 10 minutes before the start.  He said he didn't have a particular goal in mind so I suggested off hand he should pace me.  He said he wanted to "take it easy" the first couple of miles by running 7:15 - 7:30, so I knew I could stay with him for at least a few miles.

Sidebar: Gordon once referred to James as "that scoundrel," and ever since that time that's how I think of him. :)

The race started on time and sure enough we went out faster than the "easy" pace.  I wasn't too concerned though, because I knew I needed to bank some time for Gin Shop hill around the beginning of the sixth mile.  For the most part I'm pretty happy with my splits, though looking back it looks like I lost focus on the fourth and fifth miles leading up to the hill.  There's no way I should have dropped 15 seconds on that stretch, especially when that's where James started pulling away from me. Argh!

1 - 7:01 / 2 - 6:58 / 3 - 7:05 / 4 - 7:20 / 5 - 7:19 / 6 - 7:17 / 6.2 - 7:04

I almost caught up to James at the top of Gin Shop, but going down the other side he started pulling away again, and when we hit the flat home stretch he put down the hammer.  Around the 5.75 mile mark I could hear footsteps behind me.  After the race I learned they belonged to Barry.  I figured it was a matter of time before he caught up to me, so I decided to let him and then dust him in a sprint at the finish. That plan never materialized, however, as I didn't have as much in the tank as I thought. He beat me by 5 seconds and was in my age group! Double argh!

Anyway, my goal going in was to break 45 minutes, and I that I did finishing in 44:25 - a new PR.  The best part about this race is that is erases the Wallahatchie 10K debacle from last August. I don't even want to talk about that day.


  1. Nice. Well done, Drew.

    Wallahatchie is not for the weak. It's flat, but always on the hottest, most humid day of the year. The goal is to finish without having a heat stroke.

  2. "that scoundrel"?... Oh man.. not I'm gonna have a complex... :-)

  3. As I recall It was I, that had to catch up to you after the start! ;-)
    But really you did a great job of pacing up to that 4 mile mark.. I really didn't do anything but keep up the pace that we were running..

  4. LOL. I was pretty happy to have stayed with you as long as I did. :)

  5. It was great.. :-) I talked about our race on my podcast that I am working on.. :-) It's all in good run!! hahaha!
    I did notice that you medal was much nicer than mine.. the pic you have looks like your's was engraved.. mine is a sticker....

  6. Cool. I look forward to listening!

    My medal is pretty nice. Especially the "China" stamp at the bottom. :)

  7. Older people like stickers, I thought? ;)

  8. LOL!! Funny! Well.. you are close to finding out! HA!