On December 22nd Tony and I ran the Double Road Race in Pleasanton. What is the Double Road Race? Well let me tell you all about it! The Double Road Race is the only running event with a halftime, you run the 10k portion first take a break (length is determined by how quickly you run your 10k) and then run the 5k leg. Your times for each leg are combined to get your official race time. The double was created by Bob Anderson, the founder of Runner’s World Magazine.
We stayed at the host hotel, Hilton Pleasanton The Club, they had a great group rate and it was super close to the packet pick up and race location. Saturday morning we headed over to Fleet Feet Sports to get our packets, we were able to park right in front of the store and were in and out in 10 minutes. Race morning went just as smooth. Once we were up and dressed for the race we headed down to the hotel restaurant, had a light breakfast and left the hotel at 7:30. We had no problems getting to Hart Middle School and finding parking before the race.
When we entered the recovery zone inside the gym before the race I was surprised at all they had in there. There were bikes, rollers, massage tables, a photo area, a band and a few vendors with running related items. Outside they had various drinks, bananas, bagels and portalets.
It was a very cool 46 degrees when the race kicked off at 8:15, there was a 5k race as well and all runners started together. The course was crowded as we started out and stayed that way until the 5k runners peeled off and those of us doing the Double continued on our second lap to complete the 10k portion. Although the course was crowded I appreciated the fact that it was flat, really flat just how I like. I felt good during the whole 10k and we finished within our normal time. Once we crossed the finish line we grabbed some electrolytes and a banana and headed into the gym, we had just about 45 minutes until the 5k start.
During halftime I wanted to make sure I kept my legs warm. I did some SMR (Self Myofascial Release) focusing on my quads, calves and hamstrings; we hydrated a bit and just kept moving. Honestly those 45 minutes flew by and before I knew it it was 10:00 and time for the 5k.
Thankfully it had warmed up to 54 degrees by the time the 5k started. The course was a lot less crowded this time around and we only had one lap to complete. Right off the bat my legs were fatigued, my hamstrings were not happy with me. I knew my pace was off and honestly I just wanted to get this portion done. About a mile in Tony mentioned that he was getting slight cramps in his calves. We powered through, okay not really but we kept on going. We were definitely passing more people this time than we had during the 10k which leads me to believe that we were not the only ones fatigued after the break. We both fought through our various aches and pains to make it to the finish.
Overall our 5k time was 40 seconds per mile slower than our 10k had been and we both agreed we hadn’t hurt like that during a run in a long time (with the exception of my Rock n Roll San Jose issue). It was a well organized race a a new way to challenge ourselves, I loved that the course was flat but doing three laps in an industrial park type area was a bit boring; a trade off I suppose. There are 11 Doubles on the schedule for 2014 in California, Kansas, Indiana, Colorado, Florida and even one in Athens, Greece. If you’re looking for a new challenge or to mix up your running a bit this may be the race for you.