May 15, 2006 at 4:19 am #5200
Yes, I, the man who rarely ventures outdoors to run much less actually enters a race, laced up the Orange and White racing flats on Saturday morning (at 8:00 AM! could we get some Saturday night races, please?) for the 2nd Aquarium Run 10K (I even ran it last year in 40:26 which is my current PR). It was a little warmer then I like (probably 65 and a little humid), but the wind wasn't too strong, the course was flat and I was feeling pretty good. I was shooting for a sub-40:00 with the fall-back goal of just taking a PR. Heres how it went down…
1 KM: 4:04 Nice and relaxed, I was happy that I stayed patient with the crowds and didnt get drawn out too quickly.
2 KM: 3:58/8:02 Picked it up trying to stay right at 4:00/km pace.
3 KM: 4:04/12:06 Hmmm…slowed down…better go faster.
4 KM: 4:00/16:06 Darn, I thought I was going faster, but we're about to turn around.
5 KM: 4:07/20:13 Uh oh.
6 KM: 3:53/24:06 OK, maybe the 5KM mark was long???
7 KM: 4:13/28:19 WHAT???
8 KM: 4:04/32:23 Well 40:00 is out…gotta get a PR.
9 KM: 4:05/36:28 WHAT???
10 KM: 3:52/40:20 PR by 6 seconds.
OK, well its not a sub 40:00, but I extended my streak of PR'ing 7 consecutive times at the 10K distance (I have only run 7 10K's). I dont know what to make of this race. I felt really good early on, but the heat really got to me (and it wasnt even THAT hot). I finished 10th overall and 2nd in my age group. I guess I'm happy with my run, but I expected more. I feel pretty good today and I plan to get right back after it in training. My goal race of the year is in November so it should be nice and cold by then. Thanks for listening.
May 15, 2006 at 11:27 am #20604
YIPPEE… a PR is always a good thing… when you said “humid” I thought, right, there goes the whole thing… I was out Sunday morning and while it felt cool & damp the humidity had me dripping wet by the end of the run, and I was taking it slow…
good job, looking forward to that fall “cold” race report..
May 15, 2006 at 1:01 pm #20605
A PR is a PR and 7 PRs in 7 attempts at the distance is definitely something to be happy with. I hate humidity even more than heat, so I think you have to keep that in mind when considering your race. Besides, truly competitive people always want more. That's what keeps us coming back for more. Good job, sub-40 is surely right around the corner.
May 15, 2006 at 2:37 pm #20606
It is always encouraging to see improvement, keep it up!
May 15, 2006 at 6:09 pm #20607
7 consecutive PR's is impressive no matter what. Nice job.
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