- 5 years ago
- Wedding: May 2010
Last week I signed up for a semi-local 10k. It’s been a few weeks since my last race and with nothing else on my radar I needed something to do.
The course was flat except for one smaller hill. It was on residential roads and the wide shoulder of a main road. I usually start in the way back of the pack so I don’t go out too fast, but today I started in the middle. I went out at an 8:06 pace, which is too fast for me, and backed off a bit. I hit the first mile at 8:17 and tried to see how long I could hold that pace. Well it turns out I could hold it for the whole race! After the second or thirs mile no one was passing me and I was slowly passing a couple of runners near me. I had my sights on a woman in a gree shirt and just focused on her, passing her in the last mile. I passed another woman, only to have her kick it up coming into the finish and pass me right back. I called out encouragement to her when I couldn’t match her pace and I caught up to an older man just as we approached the finish line. He saw me and started going faster, and so I yelled to him to keep going and we sprinted across the line together.
My gps said I ran 6.35 miles at 8:17 pace and my chip time was 51:59. Prior to this race I have only run one 10k before, this past August, and I averaged a 10:38 pace. This was over a 14 minute PR!!!
I’m so proud of myself for sticking with running this year and seeing the progress that my training and weightloss has helped me achieve. (I also dropped nearly 24 minutes off my half marathon time from May to October this year!)
The daily mile running challenge has been a great motivator to me too, so thanks to all the bees who particpate in that!