August 24, 2011

Dart Challenge 5K

This past Saturday Andrea ran a non-aided 5K PR in the Dart Challenge 5K, taking second place in a time of 17:25. That would convert to close to 17-flat at sea level, which is pretty darn quick! Since I was out of town, I ran a 5000m time trial on the track the following day (15:22).

Click the link to see Andrea's FULL RACE REPORT.

Here's a shorter summary:
On Saturday Aug. 21, I ran a local 5K race to benefit the Davis High XC Team (they are one of the top teams consistently in the nation and have over 80 kids!). The Dart Challenge 5K has a long tradition and is one of the flattest and fastest courses in Utah. It has quite a few turns that make running tangents very important, but overall a great race.

My goal was to PR by 24 seconds and run a 17:30. Luckily Morgan Haws, a BYU All-American in the 10K, was there to push me. We ran together for about 2.7 miles at a steady hard pace until she surged and beat me by about 5 seconds. My splits were 5:31, 5:35, 5:40 with a finishing time of 17:25. Although I wasn't able to put in that extra gear at the end, I was still quite thrilled with my performance. Not to mention a 29 second PR. This is definitely a mental boost going into a half marathon next weekend, as well as for the fall season.
This Saturday (Aug 26) Andrea and I are running the Top of Utah 1/2 Marathon. "TOU" is one of the most competitive (last year the winning men's time was 1:05:10 by a Kenyan who has run 13:25 for 5K!) races in Utah, and the fields appear to be stacked. Its going to be a great finish to the "summer season" before we start building the mileage back up for the big fall races.

Here's what the summer training looked like...

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