This past Sunday, July 28, I ran in the 2019 Wharf to Wharf race in Santa Cruz, CA. The course is exactly 6 miles long. My time was 43:40:
I got to the corrals about 20 minutes later than I should have, so I struggled to make it in before the starting gun went off. Then, I felt like I was trapped behind other runners.
The weather was nice — right around 60º and overcast — so I didn’t have to deal with heat like I did in the Cleveland Marathon. The course is nice, because although it does have hills, those hills are not very steep and don’t gain much elevation.
I thought I paced myself well. I went out just under 8:00 per mile, and sped up in the last two miles. My kick was quite speedy. I think I could have gone out faster from the very beginning, but I was worried about burning out like I did in Cleveland (though of course that race was much longer).
I enjoyed the race! I’d like to do it again. Next time I’ll go out faster and get to the start line earlier.