Sunday, April 18, 2010

Spokane River Run

All I can say is that this has to be my favorite race. Why you might ask?
  1. It is 5 min from my house.
  2. I train on these trails every day.
  3. probably one of the most amazing courses I have ever run!
  4. Always a great crowd participating in the races.
I decided this year to step up to the 25k distance. Honestly my main goal was to get the course record(1:34:30) at the 25k distance. It would be the longest race I have ever run (15.6 miles), but knew the awesome trails and views would help the time fly by! The day before I rode the course on my Mt. bike just so I knew what to expect. After the ride the plan was made, and points of attack decided.

Lining up for the race I could not help but think how the weather could not be any more perfect. I guess just another reason to make this my favorite race :).

As the race started I decided to run a pace that felt relaxed, not worrying about what paces the other competitors were starting at. I had the lead from the start but Second place was hanging about 200 yards back and looked strong. If there was one thing I would change about my race, it would be the fact that I spent way too much time worrying about what second place was doing. Staying focused and running my own race would have been a much better plan. The rest of the race was filled with rocky climbs, great views, and windy single track trails(a great combination if you ask me). I crossed the line in 1:30:40 (5:50/mi pace) and had achieved what I set out to do. As of right now I hold the 10k (32:38) and 25k (1:30:40) course records. There are two other races that occur on the same day(5k/50k), and eventually I would like to some day try and hold all four records. We will see I really am not chomping at the bit to run a 50k anytime soon. So there you have it a sweet and simple post for a sweet race. I will leave you with some more pictures of the days run though :)

Trying to keep the pace relaxed at mile 3

Fueling up with some Gu, and Nuun at mile 9

The last small climb of the day

Next Event
Bloomsday run


Steve said...

You blew the course record right off the trail. Way to are too freakin' fast :)

Keep it up. Great things are in your future.

Spokane Al said...

Wow you are truly amazing!


Troy Nelson said...

Nice job Josh!

Tiffany said...

Holy hell Hoshberry! Just reading your time made me puke in my hands! You are so insanely fast! Congrats on snagging the course record! Definitely well-deserved!

Scott said...

Nice work! That is pretty incredible.