I hadn’t *planned* to do a 10k this weekend, but when I looked at my training plan, it showed that my next run, which I intended to do today was a “faster” 6-miler. There was also a local 10k, coincidentally. So, I decided to run it.
The race started at 6am, which is the earliest starting race I’ve done. The race location was about 30 minutes away, so I had to wake up at 4:15am.
Anyway, the course was around the parking lot, down and back on a street, and then back into the parking lot. The first and last miles were each pretty flat, but miles 2 and 3 were downhill and 4 and 5 were uphill. That’s my least favorite design of a race. I actually prefer to do the harder part first, or even to have rolling hills, but long inclines (despite how gradual they are). Anyway, I hit 3.1 miles on my Garmin a little under 30 minutes, which I was happy with. However, I knew my second half would be slower, which I didn’t like; my running coach also doesn’t like positive splits (although elevation at different parts does justify it sometimes).
Anyway, in the last two and a half miles or so (which is when I started paying attention), I passed 13 people, including one lady who had been the only one in that stretch who’d passed me. That was pretty exciting. I also sped up and raced this one girl the last tenth of a mile or so (although she peeled off at the last second and didn’t run through the finish line for some reason).
My official time was 1:00:42 according to the race web site, which conflicts slightly with the 1:00:37 that was displayed right after the race. Regardless, whichever time it was, I was happy with it. It was not chip timed, so my finish time was based on gun time.
My previous 10k PR had been 1:04:23, meaning that I PR’d by over 3 and a half minutes!
This once again reaffirms that running more often and putting more miles in has the potential to make a person faster. 🙂
Oh, also, instead of a t-shirt, all entrants got a sweatshirt, which was a nice touch!