Well, I was mistaken. This race is actually HUGE. Aside from the ~3000 people or so that were in Long Beach to do the race - they had several other races in various cities across the globe doing the race as well. So it was actually a pretty big time event.
|At the start line of the event. You can see the flags in the background from the other places that the race was being run.|
Me, being the hard headed dumbass that I am, decided I would race the race instead of just running the race - which turned out not to be the best of moves. My legs, regardless of how much I wanted to say they were recovered, were still tired from Ironman Lake Tahoe the week before. On top of that, I had done very little speed training with my running and no running in the week before the race. So I had that going against me from the get go. However, I've run a trillion 10ks before and knew what I could and could not handle (or so I thought).
So, when the gun sounded, off I went in the lead and was running a sub six minute per mile pace. At first, it felt great! I was in the lead, I was cruising along, and going fast!
|Taking off in the lead of the race.|
|It felt good at first - holding a pretty fast pace (for me).|
I ended up outside of the top 10, but first in my age group with a 40:17.
|The medal from the race is super awesome - one of the better medals I've seen for a 10k.|
The race itself was run fantastically. The run was scenic (although I train here often, so I've done this exact run hundred times before) and very flat - so it was perfect to put up a fast time.
The only gripe I have with the run is that there were about 1100 people who did the 10k (per the results) and about twice that who did the 3k fun run/walk. What this caused was a massive amount of congestion where the 3k turnaround was (you had ~2000 people turning around right at mile 5.5 or so of the 10k course) - so kicking hard to the finish line just wasn't possible.
In any case, it was a fun little morning and definitely a race I'd do again!