Sunday: The Parks 10K Race splits: 7:47, 7:37, 7:46, 7:28, 7:46, 7:43, 1:51 (.2 of the race) total time: 47:57 7:44/average pace
Monday: 5.5m easy 9:00/pace
It was a strange feeling to come home from vacation and only a few days later wake up at 6:00am for a Very Cold, Very Windy 10K race. All I can say is thank Bob it was only a 10K because that’s all I could have handled!
Before I even started this race I had the idea in my head I wanted to run under 48:00, but no matter what i was going to PR since this was my first 10K AND I just came off of a few amazing 1/2 PR‘s so I gave myself a break and took it easy. I’m glad I did because I only had 1 gear for my pace. The course was a flat out-and-back through the Potomac Park. We had views of the Potomac River, the Washington Monument & a lot of fall foliage which was beautiful!
So my one gear didn’t let me “race” people it just let me cruise and “race my own race” as people say. My focus was solely on form and effort. You can literally see my gait and foot strike in the pics below, it’s pretty neat!
PR Racing put together yet another well organized, easy and fun course for us. If you’re living in the DC area and want to run a smaller race with great swag check out their site for upcoming events.
Surprisingly, I think running a short race right after a vaca might become a habit I can get into. I was being so lazy all weekend and Sunday’s race shot me into full on Runner Planning Mode… How can I become a better runner? How can I run longer? How can I run faster? How can I BQ? When can I start planning next year’s racing schedule? Which 1/2s and fulls do i want to run? What kind of training plans should I use?
Do any of you go into crazy runner planner mode?