|Start of the Fontana Days 5K|
Race #1 (Saturday) was the Fontana Days 5K. Jordan Horn from the McMillan Elite team took it out really fast right from the gun (he won easily in 13:42). I ran splits of 4:31, 4:37, 4:35, :28 to finish in 14:10, good for second place overall. It was a really cool race and fun to get my legs moving that quickly! You can read my full recap of the race on fast running blog: Fontana Days 5K Recap
After the race and some refueling at Dennys, I drove out along the coast to Santa Barbara with my aunt and uncle (Aline and John). We spent the rest of the day milling about in SB (such a cool town!), eating lots of pizza and ice cream - you know, the usual stuff.
Race #2 (Sunday) was the Platinum Performance Main Street Mile. A true middle distance event, not exactly my forte these days, and I was in a bit over my head. Marathon training makes you strong and efficient, but you lose a bit of the explosiveness necessary to run really, really fast for 4 minutes. I'm slowly getting it back, but I'm not quite there yet. Anyways, I got my butt kicked in this one - four guys ran under 4:00 (winner was 3:55!). I finished 9th out of 11 runners in the elite men's heat... I had 4:09.4 on my watch but the time posted ended up being 4:12. Oh well, whatever. It was fun to mix it up and shock the system a bit. Again, my full report from the race is on FRB: State Street Mile Recap
After the men's elite heat - they had a DOG MILE. You gotta check out these pictures.
Road miles are a lot of fun - something I want to organize in Salt Lake City... maybe next year?
Post-race refueling was at IHOP this time, and then I had a full day of sightseeing before flying back to SLC. John, Aline, and I checked out the Santa Barbara Mission, the town of Solvang, and several beaches along the coast.
Both of these races are top notch events and are worth checking out. I'm hoping to go back next year and I already have 13:39 / 3:59 in my head :-)
|Fontana Days 5K|
|Beautiful Santa Barbara|
|Racing the mile on State Street|
|Santa Barbara Mission|
|This would be an awesome climbing tree!|
|Some of the best cookie dough ice cream I've ever had can be found here|
(no offense to Kroger)
|The Pacific coast!|
|Aline and John|
|No dogs?!?! Not fair!!!|
|The Santa Barbara airport is TINY|
|I flew out on this little prop plane at sunset. Very cool flying along the coast at that hour.|