July 7, 2016
Third race this week. Just weird timing, I guess.
Summer Nights format changed a little bit this year, mostly because the running store that hosted it is no longer located on Carson Blvd., across from Heartwell Park, where we have been running it.
Last year, you got a couple of soft tacos at the end of the race, and this year, you are getting shaved ice. (Hope it is hot after the runs!) Also, last year, there were 3 runs, all in Heartwell Park. This year, there are four runs, with two in Heartwell, one in Huntington Beach Central Park, and one in Brea (probably won’t attend that one).
There are a bunch of young people at this race, but not a ton. You have to sublimate your desire to go out fast, because you probably won’t be able to stay with all of these folks at the pace you think you can manage. My immediate goal today is to run the whole race (though I could probably walk a bit and still finish close to 8:00/mile) and not have the heat-induced increased heart-rate that freaked me out a couple of years ago.
My first mile (which we all agree was not entirely accurate) was 7:23, with the second mile in 8:27 (slightly long). I get that it’s tough to put the miles in the right spots, but don’t we all have a GPS system to get it pretty close to accurate?
After getting passed by “Check-Out-My-Abs” Jesus Rodriguez a little earlier in the course, I could not manage enough to catch him back up, and finished about 40 second behind him in a respectable 24:43. (Comparable to my first lap at La Palma, and that was on a road, and this is cross country.)
I enjoyed the Shaved Ice, but would prefer to have a soft taco instead.