A.M. Timed the Slate Canyon 5 K/1 Mile. It went well. Only one glitch. The race-supplied barcodes did not scan on my scanner. But we were prepared. I had created a more flexible bib entry system. My hack running on Nokia 770 transformed the $99 scanner into a fancy scanning machine worth that was capable of a combination of scanning and manual entry and could send the scan results to the timing system via WiFi. So we did it with manual bib entry as runners went through the chute.
Both the mile and the 5 K courses were very slow. A lot of hills.
Benjamin won the mile with 6:46. Jenny was the second girl with 8:07. She got beat by Jessica Resindez (7:23), but Jessica is 11 so Jenny won the 9 and under age division. Julia was the 6th girl with 8:44, and 4th in the 9 and under division. But she was not even 7 on race day. Jenny also ran most of the race barefoot because her new Crocs were too big, one of them came off, and then she ditched the other. That's OK, though, as she will grow into them.
What is interesting is that the field in the mile got chicked with the exception of Benjamin. Second boy was with Benjamin shortly before the turnaround, but ended up 54 seconds behind over the last half mile. From that we should probably conclude that soccer and tag will get you ready to run a decent 800, but to run the mile you need to run.
The kids race repeated itself in a way in the 5 K. The field got chicked again with the exception of the overall winner. Jeff ran 15:54, then Lindsey Dunkley 17:21, and Mary Ann 20:11. This was a PTA fundraiser so not a whole lot of money available for the prizes. To make do with what they had and make it fun they did the battle of genders. Women got a 3:00 bonus for the purpose of prize money calculation. So Lindsey ended up winning $75, Jeff got $50 and Mary Ann $25.
I think the battle of genders is a great way to provide a decent cash prize when the budget is low. Some may argue that 3:00 is too much, and it definitely is at a sub-15:00 (man) performance level, but is appropriate for the natural competition depth in the 16:00 and slower zone.
The course is a beast. My course tool gives Jeff 37 seconds, and Lindsey 40 seconds. The reason for the difference is that with the hills in effect extending the length of the course the faster runner will have more time to gap the slower one. So, converted to a flat course, their times become 15:17 and 16:41. Mary Ann's 20:11 becomes 47 seconds faster - 19:24, and Josse's 21:09 becomes 49 seconds faster - 20:20.
P.M. Could not only run in the afternoon. It was less than ideal. Hot, especially on the grass. The grass itself was warm, which did not give me a chance for an natural ice bath on the run. And I would not dare run anywhere else for fear of aggravating the foot. So I did my usual 26 laps around Grandview. 10.04 miles in 1:10:50, 7:03 average. Picked it up a bit in the last 0.5, but still slower than 6:00 pace (6:12). But the the heat and on grass this was a solid effort. HR hovered around 145 at 7:00 pace, and climbed to 158 when I sped up to 6:12. Here is what's interesting. Normally if I get the HR up in that range and then stop, in two minutes it is down to 85 or so. But because it was hot two minutes later it was around 108. And four minutes later it was still over 100.
Another interesting point is that I was not breathing 145 bpm worth at that HR. I could have easily conversed. Normally at 145 I am huffing and puffing and speak in monosyllables.
P.M-2. 0.5 with Joseph in 5:15. Took Sarah on a date to the Canyon View Park where we sat by the Provo River under the bridge and looked at the stars as I soaked my feet in liew of an ice bath.