An immodest race report
Monday, January 21, 2013
I'm training for a HM and aiming for a time goal; today's 10-mile club race was a way for me to "tune up" my progress. Like most runners, I always have many doubts: Is my speedwork helping my pace? Can I maintain the target pace over a long distance? Do I have the long-run stamina?
I was hoping to maintain my goal HM pace throughout the entire 10 miles as a way to build confidence and squash some of those doubts.
It was a beautiful morning for a small club race on an out-&-back course overlooking the Bay. After a too-fast start for the first half-mile I ran "comfortably hard" the rest of the way. The pace was comfortable enough to appreciate the view but hard enough that I had to keep my focus. I think this is a proper "tempo run", but maybe a few seconds slow.
The race directors had posted that there would be water on-course, so I brought Gu but did not carry water. This was a mistake, as I started the Gu at about 4.5 miiles and then had to wait until mile 6 to get water. Next time I rely on on-course water I'll bring my "juicy" gels that I can take without water.
The course had a small hill at the end of mile 5 and we climbed it going both directions. Thanks to the hill-work I've been doing I slowed down but didn't lose strength/energy doing it so I was able to cruise the downhill. I lost some focus and slowed down for mile 7, but that helped me make negative splits for the last 3 miles (barely!). DH cheered me through the final sprint to the finish! I checked the race-clock, I'd made my goal...sweet!
I walked a bit to recover, then went to cheer my running buddy as he finished. He answered by reminding me that we had agreed to do an additional mile after the race...so I "owed' another mile! It was probably good for a cool-down, but boy did my legs feel heavy!
I got back to the start just in time to hear the race director call my name for the awards ceremony!
2nd in my age group!
The bling was a nice surprise but even sweeter was the strong feeling I had while running and slaying some of the doubt-demons (though I'm sure they'll reassert themselves by March).