SacTown 10-Miler Race Report

Ran the inaugural SacTown 10-Miler this morning. It was in the mid-40s and windy at the start, which was unfortunate because despite calling us to line up at 8 a.m., the race didn’t begin until 8:25.

The start/finish line was directly in front of the Capitol, and the route was mostly an out-and-back through downtown Sacramento. Actually, it was two out-and-backs, since the route had us recrossing the starting line prior to mile 2.

Nonetheless, the course was flat and fast, the volunteers helpful, and the sparse crowd enthusiastic. There were 529 participants.

I had only one double-digit training run to prepare for this race (actually, my only double-digit run in 18 months) and covered the distance at a 10:16 pace. So my goal was to finish sub-100. The organizers had special T-shirts for anyone who finished sub-80 or better.

After covering the first mile in 10:03, I knew I would either have an easy time of the remaining 9 miles, or crash and burn for starting too fast. Fortunately, it was the former. I finished in 1:35:13, with a two-minute negative split and an 8:57 final mile. That was good enough for 301st of 529, and 23/30 in the 50-54 age group.

The finish line spread consisted of Oreos, bananas and Corn Thins, which, if you’ve never had them, are like rice cakes made of corn. I ate them anyway.

I’m extremely happy with my performance, but it also signals the end of my “BQ or Bust” blog category, which must be designated “bust.” I’m highly unlikely to return to my former speed, and the new qualifying times make it moot even if I do. My training exploits will now appear sporadically under the title “Junk Miles,” since I’ve determined that from now on all my miles are junk miles.

All in all, an encouraging day and since I met my time goal, I’ll increase my Sunday long run to 12 miles.