Thursday, March 3, 2011

2011 Firecracker 10K Race Report

2/13/11

A little late on this report, but I have been busy with work and travel. This is the second time I have run this race and granted, it is a tough course, it is one of the better 10K races in my opinion.

I'll spare you all of the details and give you the Readers Digest version....

The pre-race entertainment is spectacular, the dragon dance and the lighting of 100k firecrackers is truly a site to see. (Last year's race report and video) The 5k kicks off first and the 10k about 30 minutes later. I had one goal for this race and that was to PR the course. The one thing you should know about this course is that the first 2.9 miles are uphill and a good portion of that is a very substantial grade.





I started out the race thinking I was going to try and keep a 9:30/mi pace for the first 3 miles and an 8:30/mi pace the last 3 miles. With all of the congestion of the start and the narrow road up the hill, I averaged 9:40/mi pace the first 3 miles. I tried to stay strong up the hills, but ended up taking a couple of walk breaks towards the top. As I started down the hill, I started to pick up the pace a bit. Made it into the Dodger Stadium parking lot and back towards Chinatown. I turned the last corner and kicked it up a notch and sprinted the last 200 yds. Average pace for the last 3 miles was 8:15/mi. Finished in 55:09 which was a 4:30 PR over 2010.

I met up with the rest of the runners from A Runner's Circle and we headed off to the beer garden for a celebratory drink. I highly recommend this race to anyone in the Los Angeles area, but be prepared for hills!

5 comments:

Veronica said...

Nice work there Bob! A 4:30 PR is AWESOME! I may do a 10k next month, its a Masters race. At least I will be one of the youngest there, though getting my butt kicked by old timers may not be something to brag about.

Glenn Jones said...

Nice job Bob! The first three miles are a real ball buster. I always get thrown by the short uphill toward the end too. Sorry I missed this one this year.

PRC said...

Great job Bob!

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Southbaygirl said...

fantastic job on your PR!! One year i'll run this race!!