Ortega River Run 2006
New PR today in the Ortega River Run (5 miles). I wanted to break 35:00. I finished in 34:39. Very satisfied with the race, although there is the ever-present nagging in the back of my head that I could have done better. My pacing felt pretty good, I was between 6:50 and 7:00 splits for the entire race.
The start of the Ortega River Run continues to frustrate, as there is always a large number of folks that don't race often and are unable to self-seed. Two years ago, I remember a contingent of walkers starting at the front and forming a human wall. This year it was a guy with a double stroller and headphones 5 feet from the start line. Fortunately, Doug Alred was either tipped or spotted him and sent him to the back of the pack. Running through the ‘hood was fun as usual with family and friends cheering at the end of Oleander. It felt like I was flying going up the Ortega Bridge. I think all of the bridge work downtown is paying off. Not just running over the bridges, but running up and down them hard. Going down McGirts, I knew I had some time banked and wanted to pick up the pace, but I didn't allow myself to do it. I could just see myself blowing up and missing the goal. The time banked would allow me to break my goal decidedly, and there was no reason to be greedy. I also felt I had an advantage over others since I run the course so much. I knew where all the dips and hills are, and I know the tangents to take to shorten the course.