Race Report: Ron Daws 25k
April 4, 2011 § 1 Comment
After admiring Ron Daws for nearly two decades, being aware of this race for a few years, I have finally had a chance to run it. I’ve followed the race from afar and know of its reputation of being a tough, hilly race.
It lived up to its reputation.
I used the McMillian Running Calculator to estimate a time–a little over two hours. So I semi-targeted two hours or 7:45 pace but since I knew it was a tough course and I haven’t run over 13 in this training cycle, I was ready to back off from that.
Making it a little easier to break down mentally, I figured I just needed to run five 24:00 5ks in a row.
The weather was good–upper 30s at the start. I got to the race on time. Was able to take care of pending bodily functions. I debated what to wear on my upper body–I had two shirts, one short-sleeved and one long-sleeved, but didn’t know if I should keep on my wind-breaker jacket. During a very short warm-up (6 very slow minutes) I decide to keep the jacket because there was a slight wind.
Whether it was my own misunderstanding or the race actually starting late, I was ready to go around 8:00 but we didn’t push off until around 8:15. The start was interesting–first the race director, Jeff Winter, I believe, was charmingly curmudgeony about avoiding cars and the fact that there were too many runners this year. And then we had a mass false-start.
But once we got going, I started out pretty well–running each of the first four miles between 7:35 and 7:52 for an average of 7:46 through 4 miles. But a hill in mile five and some realization that I needed to back off and I ran the next 10 miles at an 8:17 pace (8:10-8:33). The fifteenth mile was a tad slow, 8:42 as I struggled up the final climb but covered the last three-quarters of a mile at a 8:15 pace so my legs weren’t completely de-spunkified.
Overall, I loved the race. The course was everything I hoped it to be–tough, I definitely got some serious strength work in. I can definitely imagine Daws running over those same hills. The fees were next to nothing ($4). Had some good conversations during the first half of the run.
The final race results were even posted relatively fast, albeit not necessarily accurate—I had a watch time of 2:08:57 but listed at 2:08:24. I’m guessing that there was a place problem and I got the time for the runner who finished 2 slots ahead of me.
My legs were beaten the rest of the day, I took Sunday off, and struggled through 3.25 today. It will be interesting to see how these old legs respond in tomorrow’s hill work.