2 mile warmup in 15:04, 7:32/mi, HR 154 w/ 0.5 mile tempo (~ 6:20/mi). LM (10 reps). 15K in 58:33, 6:17/mi, HR 167. 2 mile cooldown in 16:13, 8:07/mi, HR 140.
Perfect racing weather...sunny and about 50F at race time. The 15 mile was pretty stacked at the top since this was the PNTF 15M championship. After a brief warmup (where the tempo portion again felt like crap....typical), lined up for a 9am start a few rows back this time, a nod to both the quality of the 15M field and to try to not go out too fast at the start. Worked as planned.
Aimed to run in the 58 minute range, hoping for 6:15/mi pace at best but would settle for 6:20/mi pace. Since I haven't run the longer (than 5K) course before and couldn't find a course map, I wasn't sure what the terrain would bring, but I knew there were a slew of turns and some contour to the course, based on the 10K route I did manage to lookup. Announced at the start that the 15K and 15M courses had both been certified recently, so definitely in for a fair race.
Not a whole lot of elevation change, but some rolling to start, climbing to the 3 mile point followed by a decent downhill then some flats to the turnaround, then reversed. Splits were 6:15, 6:22, 6:29, 5:59, 6:18, 6:37, 6:10, 6:06, 6:14, 1:58 (5:25/mi). First half I was pushing pretty hard off the back of a group, caught them in the 3rd mile, then pushed to stay ahead. Got passed (chicked!) around 4 but lucky me....she was running the 15M! Less competition after the turnaround, but I did pick off two more runners and was trying to close as much as possible on a third when the kick began. The faster closing miles are mostly because of the downhills, but now I'm wondering if I should've pushed harder in the beginning miles? Oh well, next year I guess. Happy to take 1st in my AG and 6th overall, which should put me in good standing for the series competition. One more race in a month (20K), a week before my marathon. Also happy that I was able to PR on the tail end of a big mileage week for me. Now off to find more food!