Allison's Race Report
The morning started earlier than expected. I had set my alarm the night before for 3:45 but with the time change my phone went off at 2:45. I hopped out of bed excited to start my morning when Derek told me it was only 2:45. I went back to sleep hoping the time would pass quickly and it would be time to get the party started. This race was the first time either of us had an elite entry into a race. We met the other elite runners at 6:00 to get our race bibs and catch the bus to the start. On the way up the mountain we got to view the uphills and downhills we would running. There was going to be a tough uphill at about 6.5 miles. When we got to the top it was a little chilly but once we warmed up and the sun came over the mountain I could tell it was going to be a great morning for racing. The first mile was uphill and I had planned to start out conservatively knowing about the hills coming later in the race. My first mile was 6:06 which felt very comfortable. The next three miles were downhill. I ran them in 5:44, 5:45, and 5:41. I was enjoying the downhill at this point. I actually paid attention to some of the beautiful scenery. I usually don't notice what is around me while I am racing. The 5th mile flattened out and I ran it in 5:41. I was surprised how good I felt here but I knew I still had the big hill ahead of me. My 6th and 7th miles were 5:51 and 5:54. My 8th mile was 6:13. That hill really slowed me down. I knew once I got to the top of the hill there was a good downhill. That helped me get to the top. I was able to get my legs going faster again and ran my 9th mile in 5:39. I finished up the last .37 at 5:28 pace. My final time was 54:44. A PR for me! Okay, it was my first 15k so a PR was pretty much a given! It was great to see and hear so many Bandidos out there on the course. This is the most competitive race I have ever run in. It was neat to be surrounded by so many elite runners. The post race festivities were awesome! There was a petting zoo for the kids that was sponsored by Spikes Treats (owned by my sister and brother in law)!Camryn got to run in a kids race and we got to chat with a lot of great runners and enjoy the beautiful day!
The great thing about the race is that it's put on by runners with an emphasis on the experience for runners. Therefore, all the things you like about a race are present and all the things you don't like aren't there. The beautiful weather and scenery didn't hurt either. As Allison said this was the first time we were given "elite" status. The standards were soft enough that my times barely qualified me for the elite status. I was probably the slowest male elite but I didn't care. I knew a handful of the men and women and everyone was super nice so it was a great experience. We were taken care of to the point that there was no stress about anything leading up to the start of the race and that was a very nice feeling. I warmed up with Ariana and Allison and I felt good before the race started. My plan was to start conservative and have something in the tank for the hills towards the end. My first mile was 5:41. That was a little slower than I wanted but I was going more off feel. After the first mile the top two women blew by me. I kind of smiled to myself thinking "ha ha, you ladies will be coming back to me soon". They never did. I ran the next three down hill miles in 5:23.5:23, and 5:26. I was holding back just a little on those but I was hoping they were going to be both easier and faster. The next couple miles of rolling hills I felt pretty good. I was in a nice rhythm and not peeking at my watch very often. I was pleasantly surprised with consecutive miles of 5:26 and 5:34 and I was feeling good as I mentally prepared myself for the huge hill. I stayed as relaxed as I could on the hill and I was not concerned about pace. About half way up the hill my quads started burning badly and I just wanted to make it to the top. When I crested the hill I had a feeling of relief more than anything and it took me a good mile to recover. This is where I lost all my time. I ran miles of 5:44 and 5:52 on the hill and coming off of it. I ran a 5:41 9th mile and finally gave myself the okay to go all out after that. The last .37 was 5:21 pace as I stumbled in. It wasn't a bad race by any means but I was hoping to run faster. Not long after I finished as I watching my friends come in the announcer said "Here comes Allison DeLancey right on the heels of her hubby". I thought that was funny. Allison did run a great race. In fact I was really impressed with all the top women in this race. They ran great and made the event super competitive. Even though I didn't run the race I wanted I left the race pretty pumped up about my running. Seeing some of the fast local guys improve their times and be below fifty minutes gives me hope that I can do the same next year. After all, I improved my time about 5:30 from last year. My official time was 52:13. After the race it was hard not to be in a good mood. Everything was awesome. There was music, great food, great weather, friends, and beer. All in the great setting of the famous Fountain Hills fountain and grassy park area. The Bandidos put on a great race and the mood of all the runners was extremely positive. I recommend this race to everyone! Race results are here.
|Camryn waiting for us to finish|
|After the race! Happy to be done!|
|I got to meet Team Oiselle member Amanda Lee|
|Camryn after the kids race|