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Howl at the Moon 10k RR (Read 29 times)

FreeSoul87


Runs4Sanity

      This is the second year for Howl at the Moon, but the first year for the 10k as they only had a 5k and 5 miler last year. I chose to run the 10k, and I probably would have ran a 15k if they had it on there. I've been feeling real good lately with my running and my plan, taking these last 2 weeks and next week easy before the marathon training begins. 

      I felt confident that I was of the few that knew these trails well, especially in the dark but it seems it didn't work out that way too well. 

       

       We started off and I knew very quickly that the runners in the front were most likely running the 5k, at least half of them and the woman. I tried to take a somewhat easy but fast pace, that didn't happen as I got caught up in the midst of speed. The first .1-.2 is through a flat grassy field (I do not excel at running these fast) then .1-.2 on an ATV trail (10 feet wide, not much roots) and it was the muddiest section but I didn't mind. Then we were up on the levee for .2 or so before hitting single track trails with lots of roots but not a lot of space to pass, I run pretty dang well on these trails, especially with roots. I let the people in front of me get some distance as I figured they were doing the 5k, one guy stayed pretty close behind me but didn't act as if he wanted to pass. 

      I hit mile 1 with an 8:46 min/mile pace, then tried to force myself to slow down some as I still had 5 miles or so to go. As we got back up on the levee headed back towards the finish, two ladies passed me (one finished the 5k) and I tried not to worry and told myself they were running the 5k..... wish I had known one of them was running the 10k. I could already tell that my garmin wasn't on track with their calculations, by the time we hit the 5k finish, my garmin said 2.8 rather than 3.1 but I tried not to fuss about it - their chronotrack said I crossed the 5k split at 26:47.

      I soon realized that one of those ladies were still in the race, but her and four guys took advantage of the grassy field... I think they ran cross country in school dang it. On the levee I began to catch up to two guys (wearing those stupid minimalist vibram thingies) who had passed me just before the 5k finish, I didn't try to get past them on the levee because I figured they would pick up the pace and I might slow down, boy was I wrong.

      As soon as they had hit the single track, they slowed down and I was on top of them. I stayed on top of them, figuring they would notice and let me pass... nope, one looked like he kept moving to the side but he was so close to the other guy who wasn't willing to move over so I couldn't pass. I slowly saw the girl in front of me disappear. I lost a minute, possibly 2 minutes being stuck behind them. My garmin hit mile 4 at a 9:54 pace (yeah I was pretty pissed off) so as soon as I saw mud, I knew they were moving to right to avoid it so I raced past them and just kept moving. 

      I tried to catch her, and I was getting close while getting further away from the two guys who killed my chance at first place female. Had the race been more on single track, at least 90% of it, I would have caught up to her. But just as I was 20 feet behind her, we came back out of the trails and onto the levee and she began to put more distance between us. We got back onto the final .5 of the race, some ATV trail and some slightly wider rather than narrow single track and I soon began catching up to her and some other guy, but it wasn't enough.

      She crossed the finish at 53:39 and I crossed at 54:15, just 36 seconds behind her. My garmin said 5.8 but just to make myself feel better I'll go with the race course of 6.2 miles.

      Crystal Evetts finished 1st in females and I finished 2nd out of 9 women in the 10k. I was the only lady in my age group of 20-29, so yeah I got first place there but really I am not proud of it. I placed 15th out of 32 finishers in the 10k, so I guess that's good. The 2 guys that had killed my good pace and chance of catching Crystal finished 55:41 and 57:17.

      Overall, I did enjoy it and if I go by their distance then I PR'd by 24 seconds or so (the 2013 YMCA 10k was 54:39). I got 2nd out of 9 women, and I pushed myself and I learned a lesson - pass people when I have the chance.

    *Do It For Yourself, Do It Because They Said It Was Impossible, Do It Because They Said You Were Incapable*

    PRs

    5k - 24:40 (7:57 min/mile pace) 

    10k - 54:39 (8:48 min/mile pace)

    15k -1:24:04 (9:01 min/mile pace)

    13.1 - 1:56:38 (8:54 min/mile pace)  New PR as of 10/04/2014 - 1:53:12 (8:39 min/mile pace)

     

    AT-runner


      Nice job, and yes, go by their distance.  Garmins just don't record distance well on twisty trails.

       

      Never let anyone control your race!  If you needed to pass, then call out "passing on your left" and they most likely would have moved.  If they don't move, then a tap on the shoulder always works.

      FreeSoul87


      Runs4Sanity

        Yeah, I'm still working on my "aggressive" passing strategy lol, lesson learned. That part of the race course is very, very narrow and hard to pass people, I knew that and still didn't take advantage of the levee which is easy to pass people.

         

        Nice job, and yes, go by their distance.  Garmins just don't record distance well on twisty trails.

         

        Never let anyone control your race!  If you needed to pass, then call out "passing on your left" and they most likely would have moved.  If they don't move, then a tap on the shoulder always works.

        *Do It For Yourself, Do It Because They Said It Was Impossible, Do It Because They Said You Were Incapable*

        PRs

        5k - 24:40 (7:57 min/mile pace) 

        10k - 54:39 (8:48 min/mile pace)

        15k -1:24:04 (9:01 min/mile pace)

        13.1 - 1:56:38 (8:54 min/mile pace)  New PR as of 10/04/2014 - 1:53:12 (8:39 min/mile pace)

         

        RabbitChaser


          Great job! It sounds like you ran a good race. I really hate getting stuck behind slower people during sections of trail that make passing nearly impossible. Congrats on finishing as 2nd female!

          FreeSoul87


          Runs4Sanity

            Thanks Smile

            What makes it worse is when it's sections of trail that you actually go faster on and easier.

             

            Great job! It sounds like you ran a good race. I really hate getting stuck behind slower people during sections of trail that make passing nearly impossible. Congrats on finishing as 2nd female!

            *Do It For Yourself, Do It Because They Said It Was Impossible, Do It Because They Said You Were Incapable*

            PRs

            5k - 24:40 (7:57 min/mile pace) 

            10k - 54:39 (8:48 min/mile pace)

            15k -1:24:04 (9:01 min/mile pace)

            13.1 - 1:56:38 (8:54 min/mile pace)  New PR as of 10/04/2014 - 1:53:12 (8:39 min/mile pace)

             


            SheCan

              Congratulations!   You did well!  Woooohooo@ 2nd place woman. That's so good!   And I agree, it does suck getting stuck behind people who aren't considerate.  Of course, the slower you are (me)  the less stuck you feel.  ;-)

              Cherie

              "We do not become the people who this world needs simply by turning our backs on anyone we don’t like, trust, or deem healthy enough to be in our presence. "  ---- Shasta Nelson

              FreeSoul87


              Runs4Sanity

                Smile thanks, so many things to learn about trail racing lol.

                 

                Congratulations!   You did well!  Woooohooo@ 2nd place woman. That's so good!   And I agree, it does suck getting stuck behind people who aren't considerate.  Of course, the slower you are (me)  the less stuck you feel.  ;-)

                *Do It For Yourself, Do It Because They Said It Was Impossible, Do It Because They Said You Were Incapable*

                PRs

                5k - 24:40 (7:57 min/mile pace) 

                10k - 54:39 (8:48 min/mile pace)

                15k -1:24:04 (9:01 min/mile pace)

                13.1 - 1:56:38 (8:54 min/mile pace)  New PR as of 10/04/2014 - 1:53:12 (8:39 min/mile pace)

                 

                jamezilla


                Follower of Forrest

                  Congrats on 2nd place woman!  Sounds like it was a great time...thanks for the Race Report

                  6/21 - Manitou's Revenge 54mi

                   

                  A man may never run the same trail twice for it is not the same trail and he is not the same man


                   

                    How fun an actual race on the trail.   Great job...in a short race ya gotta learn to say excuse me, excuse me can I pass?......get the F out of the way!   Thank you

                    I need to sign up for a race..

                    XtremeTaper


                      Good racing there FreeSoul. I raced a 10k on the trail last month for the first time in years and boy it's fun to run fast on the trail. Like other said though you should have announced yourself and passed those dudes right when you were on their shoulder. Generally runners will make way but you've got to say something. Congrats on 2nd woman OA!

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