Run the Pines 10K

Last weekend I rode the GO. The weekend before I got lazy and did almost nothing. This weekend I wanted to ensure I got in something at least 6 miles and fast…. a 10K! I went online Friday and found the Run the Pines 10K being held around Lake Gregory in Crestline, Ca.

The race was to start at 7 am, and the drive would be at least an hour and a half, so I got up at 3:30 and left about 4:20 to be sure to be there by 6. I was one of the first runners to arrive, but they had their check in tables ready to go.

The race was a road race, up in the mountains. So, it was a paved two loops, but it was constantly up and down, and it was at around 4500 ft elevation. My stomach was feeling a little unsettled before the race, so I did not warm up. I just did some legs swings and I was off.

There were 114 runners. I settled into a top 15 position and it was pretty uneventful after that. About 3 miles in, as we were finishing the first loop I managed to pass a guy. For the next mile I steadily gained on the next two… At about 4 1/2 miles I was just 10 strides back. He found a little something extra though and started pulling away. I saw him catch the next guy and the two of them sprinted UP the last 30m to the finish. It had a crazy short climb up to the finish… My time was 49:09… not too exciting. I was 14th overall which sounds great, but only 4th in my age group…. The 50s are proving to be a tough age group.

As you can see from the video, fellow HDR veteran, John Carey happened to be there.

One thought on “Run the Pines 10K

  1. Nice scenic run! There was an Aquathon I was interested in that day too not far from there at Green Valley Lake. It was a 5k with a 600m swim. Maybe next year!.

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