Finish Time: 40:24
Average Pace: 6:30/mile
Final Place: 13th out of 470
On Saturday, June 18th, 2016, I ran the Possum Trot 10k in Roswell, GA. Interestingly enough, this was the first 10k that I've ever run not named the Peachtree Road Race.
This race is relatively flat and the course is sort of an out and back... And out... And back again. Before the race, I heard that you passed the finish line 3 times before the end of the race. Thankfully, that was a bit of an exaggeration; you really only pass the finish line once.
Since the course had minimal elevation changes, I was able to hold a pretty consistent pace. Here are my splits:
My analysis of the race is a bit different than my normal style because my approach to the race was different. I'm in the middle of training for my first BQ attempt at the Jack & Jill Downhill Marathon in about a month. Because of that, I didn't taper for the race nor did I have an aggressive goal. I want to break 40 min in an official timed 10k, so that's one goal...but I didn't do much to achieve it. I did, however, crush my prior PR (42:20).
I don't have much 10k experience, but I generally enjoyed this course.
There are a few downsides - the double out and back nature of the course leaves something to be desired. Also there were two complete 180 degree turns. I hate 180 degree turns because they require a hard stop, turn, and complete reversal of course before launching back to full speed. It's a bit much for a race like a 10k where you are already running at a very high capacity. Also, there were no electrolytes on the course; the only drink available was water.
The upsides outweighed the downsides though. The roads were freshly paved and felt really good. While there are some minor hills along the course, none of them are extremes... And they seem to come at good times when a change in elevation is actually a welcome break from the monotony. Also, the course attracts a wide range of runners so there were plenty of people to run with up front. Also, I enjoyed all of the encouragement from those behind me on the long out and back segments.
I guess the ultimate test is whether or not I would run this course again. The answer to that is yes. It's not the Peachtree Road Race, but it was still a great time.