After the cancellation of the Mid Winter Classic 10 Miler on Friday, I needed to find something to race this weekend. Ends up there was a 5K about 20 minutes from my house in New Haven, CT — the IRIS Run for Refugees 5K. Erica and I headed out on Sunday morning to race. When we arrived we found out that the course was modified due to the snowfall. Essentially the race would be a climb up to East Rock (pictured to the left — about an 800 foot climb) a run down and then a second climb up toward West Rock (about 1 mile up and 1 mile down). Not the best course for a PR, but at least they were holding the race. Erica and I tried to get to towards the front of the line, but there were way too many people in front of us. First mile was a traffic jam and the first hill climb and descent, not a great mile. Second mile was all climbing, we did better holding pace throughout the climb. Third mile was downhill. We held back enough on the first two miles to pass about ten people during the last mile.

Here are the splits:

Mile 1 – 8:00
Mile 2 – 7:59
Mile 3 – 7:25
Mile 3.1 – :32 (6:28 pace)

For a total time (and new PR) of 23:57. Overall not a bad race. We missed out on placing in 30-39 age group by about 30 seconds:

5/45 30-39 Age Group (top 11%)
20/191 Females (top 10%)
76/384 Overall (top 19%)

No more 5Ks for at least a little while. Next on the calendar are two half marathons — Hyannis on February 28th and Danbury on April 3rd and then St. Anthony’s on May 1st.

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Kelly Burns Gallagher

mccarter english employment litigator / oiselle team runner / coeur sports triathlete / sonic endurance coach & race director / witsup.com writer / dartmouth '02 / emorylaw '05

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