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Things have gone well running wise since the Vancouver HM, so I decided to enter a 15k race that was held near Kamloops today. Kamloops is a small city of about 80,000 people located on the North end of the Okanagan fruit belt. It's main claim to fame is two major railways through the valley of the Thompson river, as this is the main way to go East or West through the Rockies by rail. The valley is about 1100 feet of elevation and is surrounded on both sides by mountains up to 8,000 feet. The dairy is just East of town, and the race course is nestled along several large hills overlooking the South Thompson River Valley.<br><br>
I had heard it was a hilly, tough course, and that was an understatement. It must have been conjured up by the devil, as it was the hilliest race I have ever run. I had no real plan on how to run it, as I had never seen the course. I had also done a 2 hr 11 minute run on Saturday, followed by some serious bike riding for about 4 hours. The bike ride was across the city and up a mountain to register for the race, and one of the fine ladies at the pre-registration desk said the course was "undulating." Ha!!!!! She lied!!!!<br><br>
So the legs were far from fresh, but with a couple of Timmys in them after my 5:30 wake up and some gatorade to hype up the blood I drove out to the race location thinking this would be a piece of cake. Got there at 8 AM for a 9 AM start. It was raining hard, but the sky looked like it might clear eventually, and it did about two thirds of the way through the race. But I digress....<br><br>
After a last minute look at the first 3k during my warmup run I decided I had been a fool to work so hard yesterday, and this race would just be to run it at an easy effort. My target time was 1:30 or better, with a possible 1:25 if the course was sort of flat beyond where I had already been. It wasn't, as I soon found out.<br><br>
The race started in pouring rain. As always, I started at the back and let everyone go, watching a few people that I KNEW I would be seeing before the end of the first couple of K's. I had already run this section in warm up, so I kind of knew how to tackle it. The first k was flat, resulting in a 5:49. That was a good omen, as I wanted to run 6 min or better for each k. During the second k I began catching up to people and passing them. First was a young woman who had given birth only 6 weeks before. I ran alongside her for a few minutes before moving on, and as I left I told her I would quit running if she beat me. She didn't! Second k was downhill, resulting in a 5:44. I began to get into a good rhythm, and the third k passed in 5:27 thanks to a serious downhill section. That was the end of my local knowledge, and also the end of the downhill for a while. 4th and 5th k's were both 5:59's, for a 5k split of just under 29 min. 6th k was partly uphill in 5:45, followed by a 5:05 downhill 7th k, and an uphill 5:58 8th k where the course turned around and began heading back to the start. The 9th k was an easy 5:13, but the 10th was back uphill in 5:50, for a 10k split of just under 57 min. Legs were starting to tire, but the next 2k were downhill in 5:07 and 5:06, before hitting the 13th k (uphill) in 5:47. Legs were pretty well gone by this point, and we hit the steepest uphill on the course. I had to walk about 150 feet, resulting in a 6:27 14th k, but from there to the finish was pretty much downhill. Well not quite! There was a steep 200 foot hill right at the very finish, but I pushed it through in 5:26 before falling on the ground with a 1:24:47 for 5th place in my AG. Not good enough for even a finisher's medal, but at least I made my goal time.<br><br>
On a flat course I think I could have gone under 1:20 today, but it wasn't flat, so I didn't. Still, it was a PR, as I have never raced this distance before. Afterwards the organizers had a great breakfast with dairy cream and ice cream crepes. MMMMMM!!!! I think I'll return next year, but will maybe take it a little easier!
 

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Hey, tigger, nice report and great performance. "Undulating", ha! I did a bike ride a couple of years ago that was described as "rolling," but turned out to involve actual mountains. Anyway, you are running strong these days. Watch out or you'll end up in Boston. Great job.
 

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HI radial! Thanks for the pat on the back, and good to see you posting about your biking! I bought a new mountain bike a month ago and am having fun with it on weekends. I took it up a 13 km hill two weeks ago. The ride up was just under 2 hrs, and the ride down was about 35 min.
 

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Good race tigger! I have 15k in mind for the spring. It'll be a tough distance for me, because I know I can't push as hard as a 10k, but don't want to go half marathon pace, either.
 

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I agree. My last HM, earlier this month was at 8:57 per mile. This race was at 9:05, which is a reflection of the hills. Hard to judge correct pace for a "tweener."
 

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Wow...that sounds incredibly nasty....those dirty hills. I guarantee this has made you an even stronger run though. Congrats on the great race and meeting your goal.<br><br>
And how the heck is 80,000 a small town...my town is literally 100 times smaller than that. <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif">
 
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