Last Saturday, we participated in the 21st annual Spring Run 5K and 10K in Nevada City. It was the second race of the Gold Country Grand Prix series. Sean and I had signed up to run the 10K, while Vicky, Rocky, and our kids' friend Hayes had preregistered to run the 5K race.
We picked up the race packets and I went for my usual one-mile warmup on Broad Street. It was a gorgeous morning. It was already warm, but not uncomfortable. Quite a change from two weeks ago. "V" Neelakantan was back and running the 10K. We missed him in the last race and at the Bidwell Classic half marathon in Chico. Since he finished in second place last year and pretty much in the top 5 of all of last year's races, he was going to be a tough competitor in this race. Greg Ngo, who took second in the Daffodil Run 10K two weeks ago, was running the 10K as well, while some other runners that ran the Daffodil Run 5K were now trying their luck in the 10K.
At mile 4, V slowed down just a little bit and I found myself in the lead (though a little earlier than I had hoped for, but you can't always plan these things out). I looked at my Garmin Forerunner 205 and the pace was definitely slowing down. However, with the hills, it was really hard to tell what the target pace should be, so I decided to just run and not look at the watch anymore.
A well-deserved drink at the finish
Larry Defeyter won the 5K overall.You can check out the Garmin details of the race at http://trail.motionbased.com/trail/invitation/dashboard.mb?episodePk.pkValue=2612051
Next up, the Salmon Run 10K trail race in two weeks.