Today my dad and I ran the Dammit Run. It is our second year running this race together. It is a tough 5 mile trail run that is a benefit for a local high school track program.
Picture : Race schwag. How cute is that shirt?!
My dad and I have had a complicated relationship. It very cool that we are able to do this together.
This race starts on the high school's track and you do one lap and then head out on the trail. After a 2 mile gradual uphill trail there are two climbs in this race. Usually the first is a diagonal cut up the face of the dam, but they are doing construction on the dam so we had to go up a MUCH steeper billy goat trail along the side of the dam. and then across the dam and up the dreaded (by me anyway), just as steep, but longer climb up another billy goat trail. Then back down the hill back to the high school.
Picture: Alternate trail we had to run. This picture was taken during my 20 miler before San Diego.
Since I was wearing my Garmin (which my dad, the engineering nerd, was VERY impressed with. $20 says he bought one on his way home) I could tell that the mile markers were off by 1/4 mile. He really wanted to beat our time from last year. I was skeptical because I had a little race a week ago that I was still recovering from.
He runs much faster than me and and always tells me to set the pace and then ends up pushing me a little faster. The timers calling out times that included an extra 1/4 mile made him push faster. Today, I couldn't cut the mustard. At that pace I couldn't adequately explain to my uber-competitive dad that we were ahead of pace.
Picture: Dad still running up the billy goat trail. RBR WAAAAY in the back walking (jeez, is this a new trend?) looking like a lumberjack. Why do I look so damn wide?!
When we reached the top I caught up. Ok, at the top he realized I wasn't there next to him and he slowed down.
Whatever. You say To-may-to, I say to-mah-to
And I tried again, as he picked up the pace, to explain that even after the tougher climb, we would be faster than last year, but he ran on. Hmmm, at that pace I can't talk and he can't hear! Here is the elevation chart for our run:
Our splits for last year: 2007
total time: 59:47
pace: 11:57/mi for 5 miles
Mile 1: 12:04
Mile 2: 11:55
Mile 3: 15:09 two hills
Mile 4: 10:21 top of the hill but most downhill
Mile 5: 9: 51 downhill
Our splits for this year: 2008
total time: 59:10
pace: 11:16/mi for 5.25 miles
Mile 1: 10:33
Mile 2: 10:45
Mile 3: 15:16 two hills (one much tougher than last year)
Mile 4: 10:50 top of the hill, but most downhill
Mile 5: 9: 42 downhill