This was the first race that the Englishman and I ran with a group of friends, and definitely something I want to do again in the future. My friend from San Francisco flew down for the occasion and Karla from Foodologie joined us with her boyfriend and a couple of their friends. Since we had a decent sized group, we decided to get into the holiday spirit by wearing antlers and becoming a “reindeer crew.”
As for the actual race itself, it was great seeing people dress up and get into the holiday spirit. My only complaint about the race would be that the 5K and 10K racers start at the same time and are running together until about 1.5 miles in so it got pretty congested at the beginning. I think it would’ve been better to have the 10K group start a bit ahead of the 5K group so people weren’t trampling all over each other.
The course itself is a basic out and back through some paved/dirt trails in Irvine with a few small inclines scattered throughout. There were some points on the trail that it felt a bit congested, but it thinned out pretty quick.
Even though my 10K training is done (for the moment), I’m going to keep posting running/race recaps as well as training updates as I figure out my next race.
Here’s this week’s update:
Monday: 6 mile run @ 9:17 pace
Tuesday: At Home WOD (100 pushups, 150 sit ups, 200 squats, 3 mile run) @8:47 pace
Wednesday: 3.45 mile run @ 9:08 pace
Saturday: Santa Run! @10:45 pace
I need a new goal race for 2014. Any suggestions?