…and how I did not PR my 10K again.
The Turkey Trot was my first 10K. And I didn’t do it under my name. Ssh, don’t tell anyone! A friend got injured and there wasn’t time for a bib transfer. I went to keep her husband company. We ran it in 51 something. The weather was beautiful and sunny, and with good company, the time flew by.Flash forward a few years and another friend got injured and now has to take a few months off running. ;( Very sad. I was originally going to run it with her to keep her company, but because I had not signed up yet, I bought her bib. Unfortunately I got a cold a week before the race and was far from better the day of. I decided to run it anyway because… Yeah, I’m not really sure what I was thinking.
The morning of the race was wet, but not cold (54F). I was certain of my wardrobe (long sleeves and shorts), but went back and forth on gloves. For at least 15 minutes. Okay, there might have been some jogging up and down the street to test out comfortable paces as well. As a result, I didn’t make it out the door until 15 minutes before the race start. Luckily the race start was less than a mile from my house and I made it in plenty of time to watch a friend finish the 5K and find my way to start line.
I had a pre-sickness goal based on recent half marathon and 5K times, but decided to try for slower pace (7:45) = my 10K PR, set 2.5 years ago. The race started and I ran at about 7:40 for 6 minutes or so and then had to stop for a bit. Yes, I started walking 6 minutes into a 10K… And my hat fell off. Fabulous.
I have a history of falling apart in races and walking. Too soon you might ask? Never.
I managed to collect myself and run at an even pace until a little past 5K foot pad. You see I had decided to try to pick it up a bit, but my stomach started cramping immediately. And my pace tanked from there. Physical? Mental? Probably a combination of the two. Yikes.I finished in 49:30, 11 seconds faster last years race (49:41 and also sick). I know I can do better than 7:59 mins/mile, but I did not have it in me. I am proud that I managed to get six miles in after a really tough week.
Congrats to everyone who ran today!!!!