Sunday, April 22, 2012
Jumped into a local 10k this afternoon. It's on a familiar course that many races have been run on so I know the distance is legit... I wanted to get in something faster today so I could count it as a tempo run. I was very optimistic on a time and thought I could squeak out something in the 38 range. As I lined up at the start, I saw absolutely no one that I recognized except for maybe one other master who is a bit slower than me. I couldn't get my Garmin 110 to get a signal before the start so I was running blind from the get go... I thought I took it out conservatively but after a couple of hundred yards, I found myself leading the pack. I hit the mile mark in 5:43 and about 10-12 seconds in front of 2nd place. I tucked in behind the lead biker and just motored! This course is an out and back through one of the local parks and run entirely on a greenway/bikepath. I never looked back after the 1st mile so when I hit the turnaround, I wasn't really sure who was back there. When I made the turn I saw no one, in fact when I did finally see someone, I had about a half mile lead. I almost thought about shutting it down and cruising in, but at this point I wanted to see if I could push it a bit and see what I could do. I was feeling pretty good and thought I could hold sub 6's to the end. Inevitably I drifted on the plus side of 6 but still averaged 6:04's, good for a 37:52 and the overall win. Very happy with the effort and with only a couple of weeks to go until the Mini, feeling very confident about running that sub 1:25!