So, I was a bit nervous about how I might do heading into this race. Was I just bad at cross country racing? The main reason I wanted to do this race was to work on my strength. I wanted a chance to run hard without worrying about mile splits and just focus on competing. I got that and a whole lot more!
We had a great contingent of speedy Impalas for the race, which was awesome. We warmed up on the course, running the whole thing which gave us a nice preview. There were some good hills on the course and a lot of turns as you can see from the map below. The footing was tricky and I worried for a millisecond about spraining an ankle. I bought some real XC shoes for this race and, of course, hadn't had a chance to test them out. Not the smartest thing, but they were brilliant.
|5k Granite Park XC Course.|
|Elevation Profile for the course (from my Garmin, so take it for what it's worth).|
I knew that I had a major hill to conquer before swooping down to the finish and I am happy with how I handled the last hill. I was also very pleased with how I handled the heat on the course. I heard a lot of folks complaining about it, and I honestly never felt hot. Of course, that's what running in 80-90 degree temperatures every day will do for you. I crested the hill and saw the downhill finish and was surprised to see 18:14 on the clock a few seconds before I crossed the line. I looked at my Garmin and the course read 3.14 miles, so it was pretty darn accurate. It was awesome to run that fast and strong on that winding, hilly course.
I was not at all interested in my splits during the race and never looked at my watch. However, I took my splits for future reference. I'm glad I did because they indicate how well I raced this course today. I went through the first mile in 5:47, the second in 6:06, and the last in 5:50 with a :38 second last 0.11 miles. I don't know my official time or place since results won't be out for a while, but my watch showed 18:21 Update: official time was 18:19, 6th overall). Thrilled!
Congrats to all of my teammates for some fantastic performances out there and thanks to the Rebels for hosting a fun XC race! I see more XC in my future!