Short version: I set a new 10 mile PR (1:17:07, 7:43 pace).
Long version: I didn’t race smart, so I can’t help but be a bit disappointed because I think I could have done better.
The Gentleman and I swung by the expo on Friday night around 6:40, i.e. 20 minutes before it closed for the day. I was kind of shocked at how empty it was. We’d assumed a lot of other people would be there after work but…no. I got my bib (#1355, with the 1 signifying first corral…yay?) and shirt and we were out of there in less than 5 minutes. The Gentleman is not a runner but I’ve dragged him to a number of expos with the promise of lunch or dinner afterwards. He said that this expo seemed a little sad, and I have to agree.
Last night I had my usual Thundercloud veggie delite + tortilla chips. Sleep was awful, not because of pre-race jitters but due to 1) texts from work around 11 PM and 2) the Feline deciding he needed to be fed at 4 AM. My refusal to give in meant he was whining pretty much non-stop until my alarm went off at 5:30.
I had some coffee plus 1/2 whole wheat bagel with 1/2 banana and peanut butter. I definitely could have used more coffee but skipped it in the interest of avoiding stomach distress during the race…
Travel to the race was easy (straight up Mo-Pac, no traffic) but there was some congestion by The Domain due to all of the people trying to park. I ended up at least 3/4 mile from the race start; thankfully, I still had plenty of time to find a Port a Potty and warm up for ~1/2 mile.
The race bills itself as flat and fast, and while that’s generally true, there are still some definite gradual uphills (ahem, mile 9). I decided to just take it mile by mile and keep my pace between 7:30 and 7:45. It was a good idea in theory but the execution was poor:
Miles 1 and 6 were definitely too fast, and I think pushing too hard there is what caused me to fall apart a bit towards the end. Mile 9 had a gradual uphill–as did mile 10 right near the finish–but I could have kept them closer to 7:45 if I’d done a better job with the pacing earlier in the race. The second 5 miles were about a minute slower than the first 5 miles.
So yes, it’s a PR, but I don’t think it was my best work in terms of executing a racing strategy. On the other hand, 2 PRs in as many weeks isn’t too shabby. I’m pleased I was able to pull that off.
The race today brought me to 32 miles for the week:
Monday: Rest (sick)
Tuesday: Rest (still sick-ish)
Wednesday: 4 miles easy
Thursday: 6 miles total with 4 mile tempo @ 10 mile pace (7:39)
Friday: 6 miles easy
Saturday: 5 miles easy
Sunday: 10 mile race + warm-up and cool-down
As for next week: I have no idea. I will probably do a short easy run tomorrow and maybe a yoga class at some point early in the week. It’s tricky to plan a training schedule because we’ll be on vacation in Florida Thursday-Monday. I.can’t.wait.