I did the Fathers Day 6 mile race in downtown Fresno. If you’ve never been to Fresno before, I’ll tell you it’s a little scary. It freaks me out. It’s not your typical downtown. The crime rate is pretty high and there are a lot of bum’s. So I was a little skeptical about running this one. But this is their 44th consecutive year putting it on, so I gave it a whirl.
I was really surprised to see Fresno P.D out in full force. They even had Cal Trans block off the freeway exits with their big trucks!
I was mentally not ready for this one though. When I woke up at 5:30 I told Mike, if I wasn’t already preregistered, I would not be going. Ha ha! But I’m so happy I did…like always!
There were a total of 260 runners.
The first 2 or 3 miles were a mental struggle. Physically I was totally fine. It’s crazy how your mind plays tricks on you. I overcame it though.
By mile 2 I finally settled into a nice 8:20ish pace and it was smooth sailing from there on. I find that the first few miles seem to be the hardest. Is that normal or just me?
The course was awesome! Flat & fast through neighborhoods & the Tower District. Fresno P.D blocked off every intersection and patrolled the entire course. I felt so safe, probably the safest race I’ve ever done. I thanked every single officer as I ran by them. 🙂
Here are my stats:
I placed 3 in my age group!
6 8:18 (Yay for the negative split on the last mile!!!)
Official time: 50:30
Garmin time: 50:28
I would like to do a half marathon very soon, but the one closest to me is in Fresno on November 7th. It is a Boston qualifier, but that doesn’t matter to me because I don’t see myself doing a marathon ever… well for now anyway. You never know, I might change my mind. 😉