Another Race, but This Time a 10K
Today I ran the Miramar Pines Rotary 10K in Miramar, FL. This is the first time I've done this event, even though it's the 12th year they've done it. I was happy to have found a Winter 10K where I can actually see what I've made of.
According to my PRs, I should have broken the 1 hour mark long time ago. However, all my 10Ks have been in 79-86F and/or 84%+ humidity. Not the most conducive PR races, I know.
I came from running the best 5K I've done on a trail race where I also won my AG. I ran well on Monday and then on Tuesday I woke up with a sore throat. I took two days off from running trying to shake this cold and although I'm not back to 100%, the worse has passed.
So, I was not sure how I would run this. I have a 20 miler tomorrow so I did not want to go all out. At the same time, this was possibly the only chance I got to break the 1 hour since the next 10K is in May and it's usually one that makes me walk the temps are so warm.
I did not even eat my usual pasta meal last night (that's reserved for tonight). After all, this is just a 10K (I can see my DH's eyes rolling already, LOL). I did not even sleep well and woke up feeling tired. I also ran last night and did yoga and tons of situps. Overall, I did no taper.
Race: I was pleasantly surprised to see a couple of runners from my running group there when I got there. They are very fast runners and it did not surprise me they won 1st and 2nd in their AGs. When I saw them at the turnaround, they were 5th and 6th overall.
Temps were in the mid 50s so it was a nice day to race. We started at 7:40am which is a little early in my opinion (by the time I finished it was 67F and getting warmer), but at least the humidity was just 75%. Perfect!
I decided to go how my body dictated and it dictated a good pace. I was really surprised with the pace because I've never ran a 10K at low 9mms. Coming from the 5K where for the first time I ran 8:45mm, I decided to just go with it. The queen of negative split is in the house.
The first 4 miles were easy. They felt too easy. Mile 5 was tough and Mile 6 was tough too, but I felt I did not go all out on this one. That was surprising because the pace was too fast for what I've been doing. I know I've gotten faster but these past few races have been a blank slate (my goals have been smashed). I crossed the finish line having passed a girl that turned out to be in my AG and having failed to pass the girl that took 3rd in my AG. Darn it!
I got a huge 3.5 minute PR, yet all I could think of was that I missed an AG award by 10 seconds.
Here are my paces:
Mile 1: 9:27
Mile 2: 9:24
Mile 3: 9:16
Mile 4: 9:10
Mile 5: 9:12
Mile 6: 8:51 (Wow)
0.20: 1:43 (7:49mm)
In conclusion, this was my best 10K by far. Coming from my best 5K (not a PR but the course was long), 2011 bodes well for me.
Oh, and a pic: