Sunday, March 22, 2015

Pink Panther 5k (2015) (Race Report)

I ran the Pine Creek Challenge 100k (RACE REPORT) last September. In October I paced a friend at the Green Monster 25k. But until last weekend at the Carantouan Cloverleaf 4k trail run, I hadn't toed a starting line since.But now that spring is here (not that you'd know it by the conditions) races are coming at me right and left.

This Sunday afternoon I ventured 30 miles, out to Northeast Bradford High School for the 2015 Pink Panther 5k, a cross country style 5k (on some version of the school's XC course).

I ran the race in 21:33 last March, good enough for 12th place overall and 2nd in my age group. With winter lingering, conditions were quite a bit different for the 2015 race; a strong cold wind, mud, pooling water, patches of deep uneven snow, sections of slick ice. It was apparent from the get-go that times would be slow, but I was anxious to see what results my winter training had yielded (650 miles since Jan 1st). That said, flat(ish) 5ks are not my preferred discipline. But since I don't really like to do speedwork, local 5k and 10k races serve to fill that gap in my training.

As expect my time was slower than last year (23:36), but on this particular day it was good enough for 1st in my age group and 7th place overall (my time last year would have resulted in 3rd overall this year) in a field of 100+ athletes. More importantly I felt strong cranking out my first 5k race pace miles of the year. On the other hand, I did manage to fall twice, bloody both knees, and run half the race with one of my compression socks slid down to my ankle. hehe!

Next weekend I'm heading down to Allenwood Pa for the Mile Run Trail Challenge Half Marathon, the first event in the Pa Trophy Series

SHOES: For today's race I went with the Merrell Bare Access 3. In retrospect I probably should have chosen something with more lugs, but quite frankly I wasn't expecting so much ice and snow on the course, and I prefer a lighter shoe for 5k events.

Place Name Age Gender Time 
1 John Johnson 42 M 19:27
2 Adam Russell 36 M 19:47
3 Levi Upham 17 M 21:39
4 Mike Murphy 41 M 21:40
5 Michael Williams 17 M 22:25
6 Casey Ellis 15 M 23:15
7 Brian Kunkle 32 M 23:26
8 Randy Chandler 18 M 24:03
9 Mason Merrill 18 M 24:27
10 John Shanks 28 M 24:27

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