I did my usual 20 min warmup with 4x 30 sec fartlek. The legs felt pretty good going fast so that gave me some confidence. The field for this race was pretty competitive. In fact, the overall winner was actually the Ohio D1 XC champ in 2006. They rang the bell and we were off.
|I'm on the far left in the orange top|
As we came back up the W. 3rd hill I really tried to push the pace to catch the guys in front of me but I didn't really seem to make up much ground. When we got to the top of the hill I committed the cardinal sin of racing and looked over my shoulder to see how far back the people behind me were. I was basically in no man's land at this point, with nobody really within 20 seconds of me in either direction. I really just wanted to be done. I counted down the streets as we went back up Lakeside: Ontario, E.6th, E.9th, and finally E. 12th where we made the turn for the finish. My final time was 16:45, 7th overall and 1st in my age group.
After the race I saw this quote on the back of someone's shirt, "If at the end of the race you still look pretty, you aren't doing it right."
|Nobody looks good at the end of a race|
The awards for the race were little chili bowls which was pretty cool.
Congratulations to everyone who ran on Saturday, and a special shout out to Katie's friend Meredith, who PR'ed and won her age group!
Who else ran Chili Bowl? Who will be at Malachi? Anyone else doing the race series?