Race day was pretty sweet, although it was really much warmer & more humid than any of us would have liked. There were over 1,200 people, I believe. It’s a 10K race that starts on Johnston Street, near downtown Lafayette & finishes on Jefferson. I was hoping to have 8:15 miles. I set my RunKeeper app to talk to me every 4 minutes. I knew better than to expect a PR because of the heat. It just wasn’t going to happen. I went to sleep the night before hoping I would finish in under 50 minutes, which I did last year. Being that a year has gone by, keeping the same pace would have been a victory for me!
I finished the first mile in 8:04. BUT I knew there was no way I was going to keep that pace and finish the race. The humidity was just too much for me. As it was, I had taken off my outer shirt (the very sweet race shirt) and tossed it right as the race started – I tossed it under a restaurant sign, hoping it would be there when I came back for it after the race!
Anywho, I carried my own Gatorade in a small hand-held bottle. I also sucked down a Peppermint Stick flavored Gu as I was walking to the start. It was SO GOOD!!! It tasted like a York Peppermint Patty…YUM. I had half an almond butter & jelly sandwich and coffee when I woke up at 6:30. So, I was fueled. It was only 6.2 miles, after all. I am in a constant state of hydration, so that is never an issue.
I finally got tired of hearing how off my pace I was, thanks to the RunKeeper app. Yes, I had programmed my hopeful pace, and even cinched it up a bit, thinking I wanted to push myself and not run complacently if I could, in fact, go faster. 5K point – I was pretty peeved at myself – I was so off pace, but I was going to get there. I didn’t want to take my headphones out because I really needed the music to motivate me. So, I thought, well, I’m going to pick off 10 people in the second half of the race. That’s not always easy to do – by this point, everyone, just about has settled in to where they will finish. I was struggling to keep my own pace, but I was hopeful to finish a little stronger than the way I was presently feeling.
I managed to pick off 3 fairly easily. After that, I just focused on pushing my quads toward the finish. I had plenty of time to think — I wondered what would pushing beyond my comfort zone do? I was pretty near the edge as it was, but what would a little farther be like? I seriously didn’t think I would die out there, but I wanted to get out there a little bit. And I did.
I finished in 52:46, which was an 8:31 pace. Not terrible under the conditions. My mile splits were: 8:02, 8:27, 8:41, 8:43, 8:32, 8:24, and 7:37. I’m totally cool with that. I was happy I could finish with a little kick!
After all these years of racing, I still have not gotten some things down to a science, like where to put my Iphone. I have yet to find a carrier that is accesible and easy. So, my phone has a LifeProof case & I keep it in my top. That seems to be the easiest!
I ended up 6th in my age group of 105.
Now, I am going to focus on getting some speed work in each week. I am also going to plan my longer runs. If all goes well, I will use the Baton Rouge Beach Marathon as a training run for Houston. I’ve done that in the past and I really liked it. I just drove in that morning, ran & drove home. Holding back to 10 minute miles is totally doable for me, thank God.
Alrighty then, my girl is almost finished with her Math Chapter test!