so much beer, we broke the cart!
This is a bit of a late post, but better late than never, right?
The Friendship Run 10k was actually my first (and maybe only) Gold Country Grand Prix race of 2009, after running most of them in '06, '07, & '08. It was a pretty safe bet that it would be hilly, being in Nevada City, and it was...right from the beginning! After that first hill, the first quarter of the race was pretty easy. It touched on a bit of the Run Through the Colors course, and went for a little ways on the trail/road that the Spring Run follows. I'd gone out comfortably since I have only been doing speedwork for shorter races, but I should've known better than to hold back. I had a bit of a side stitch right after the turn and still tired badly. I hit the 5k turn in 17:59, with Larry a minute or so behind and Neel a few seconds behind him. I'd struggle for the next 2 1/2 miles or so, almost til the finish was in sight, before a downhill "kick" that was needed just to get under 38. Final time, 37:58, with 5k splits of 17:59/19:59. My "A" goal was a high 36...not quite there, but not slow enough to be upset about it. I felt a little better when the other leaders were equally as slow coming back up the hills. Neel finished 2nd, about 2:20 back, and Larry was #3.
Over in the 5k, Robert Warner, newly in the 50-59 age group collected his first overall grand prix title running a 19:59 to in by 3 seconds. Now that's the way to celebrate a birthday. Coach Dave had joined me on this trip, and we hung out for a bit with some friends. Jill & Troy Vahidi both ran, and it was great to see them and many others. RD Shawn Riley put on a great race, and even though I'm currently in a love-hate relationship with hills right now (they're still kicking my a**) the course was great...very well marked, and easy to follow, even for a directionally challenged runner such as myself. Way to go with a seamless race Shawn. Keep up the good work, and this 2nd annual run will be around for a long time.
Dave and I also had another agenda...beer! We found our new favorite store in Roseville (Total Wine & Spirits) which had an amazing selection and even better prices. Then we enjoyed lunch at the Sacramento Brewing Co. which had a ridiculous amount of high quality guest beers as well as their own, before coming back over the hill. 8 days later, another 10k...