Thankfully the race had a later start of 8am so it should have been a little warmer, right? WRONG. It was cold and super windy. The jacket provided me little protection as I shook my way through line to get my race packet. Thankfully once the race started I warmed up although it took 2 miles.
John ran with me and my goal was to go out at 8:15's and see what happened. Coming off from Ragnar just 5 days before, I didn't want to race it full out. My legs felt super heavy at the beginning and I even considered stopping because I was tired. Thankfully at the halfway point my competitive nature kicked in and I would identify a woman in front of me, tell John...pink socks/pink shirt.... and then she was my focus. John said I should go for the guy that was closer and my response was he's not in my age group. My strategy worked, I thankfully passed other runners and as you can see by my splits, I thankfully got faster.
There is another reason that I wanted to take this race easy. I've never run a 10mile race before making it an automatic PR. So if I don't run this first one super fast, then next time I can do better and get another PR. Thankfully my finishing time was 1:18:55/7:53 pace.
196th out of 660
7th out of 58 in age group
This is an out/back course and I love seeing the leaders come back through. Sally, an elite local, was running in her signature hot pink socks and I cheered her on. One of these days I'd like to get a picture with her but she's finishing the races so much sooner than me she's either left or doing a 10 mile cool-down by time I finish.
|Post race picture (got my new Ragnar jacket on)|