Under 7 minutes/Mile Pace for Race No 37
The Ten Miler Eugene Oregon
Monday, October 1st, 2012
Race director Ken Vendley and the Oregon Track Club Masters put on a good race. The Ten Miler held Sunday September 30 went off perfectly. The course ran along the river and was mostly flat. The weather was perfect and there was no wind.
There were 152 finishers. I like the big races but I love these smaller races too. Chris Yates (no 215) went out strong and finished first in 52:41. Lots of runners told me that they ran good times on this course. (If you are looking for a fast 10 mile race, put this one of your calendar.)
We had dinner with second place finisher and top Master runner Everett Whiteside on Friday night along with race director Ken Vendley. Everett finished in 54:25. We could tell he was ready to run well Sunday.
I tired to keep Trisha Kluge (a Ujena Fit Club member) in sight during the race. We ran the first two miles together and at one point she pulled ahead 50 yards. I closed the gap a little but she just keep pushing. She finished in 69:05. Thanks Trisha for helping to pull me along.
Just about 20 yards from the finish. I placed 38th overall...first 60 plus. I ran this race a little different than normally. I liked to push it the first three miles but today I backed off a bit. My legs were not totally fresh and I thought this was the right approach. I hit the first mile in 6:39 and the second in 6:51. At half way I was at 34:24. I knew that I was going under 70 minutes which was my goal and maybe even 69. But I slowed the last couple of miles. My worse mile was 7:05. I finished with 69:19. I was happy with the time but I hope I can run this pace for the San Jose Half Marathon this Sunday.
At the finish line was Joe Henderson, the Eugene Marathon director Richard Maher and Olympian Bridget Franek (steeplechase). I really enjoyed talking with them. It was great that they came out.
There are so many people in Eugene who love running and racing as much as I. Always an honor when I am asked for an autograph.
Everything worked out so well in Eugene. I am now 1:27 in total ahead of pace. I have 13 races to go and I am really feeling that I can finish my 50 race challenge at under 7 minute/mile pace. Thanks everyone for making our film crew feel so welcome. photos by Catherine Cross
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