Race Report – Bolder Boulder (5/26/2014)

Bolder Boulder

Wow, what a day… The Bolder Boulder is one of the largest 10K races in the United States, with 45,754 people participating. It’s held on Memorial Day, which is a federal holiday in the United States for remembering the men and women who dies while serving in the armed forces. So, I did want to take a moment to thank those who have served, and to honor those who have fallen.

Memorial Day

The race was absolutely great. The weather could not have been better, being about 59F/15C when we started, and warmed up to about 63F/17C at the finish. My wave started at 7:34am, so the sun was up, but it was still nice and cool. I kept a decently slow pace throughout the race, trying to mimic the pace at which I would go for a much longer distance, so I stayed in zone 2-3 until the last kilometer. My pace was about 8:50/mile for the first 9K, then I kicked it up to about 6:45 for the home stretch. All in all, I could not have been more pleased with the result. I’ve run the race in 2011, 2012 and this year. Since I didn’t race last year, I didn’t have a qualifying time, so I was required to start with non-qualified runners. This made it crowded and unpredictable, as I had to weave in and out through people walking and slowly jogging. Next year, I’ll be starting in a qualified wave, so I will get to start earlier. Here are the stats:

Overall Place: 9111 out of 45754

Division Place: 105 out of 364 (my division is all male 46 year-olds)

Gender Place: 6350 out of 20976

Next year, depending on my race schedule, I’ll give it my all, and see how well I can do. The top 22 guys in my division all ran under a 7:00/mi. pace, which I know I can’t do, so my goal next year will be to place in the top 50-60 in my division, which would put me in the top 10% overall. It’ll require a pace of about 8:05-8:15/mile, which I’m hoping I can keep up for 10K. Very achievable, especially with some focus.

I will post an event report for the GORUCK Challenge, which is happening on June 6-7. Until then…

Train On!!!

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