I ran the Safe Kids 10K on Saturday. I finished in 1:10:45, which is an 11:24 min/mile pace. I’m not especially happy with my performance (see below), but I’m glad I did it.
Positive: I finished. My pace was comparable to my training runs.
Negative: I should have finished faster. I lost my confidence and took too many walk breaks (really any walk break in a 10K is too many for me. I’ve run 6 mi without stopping numerous times).
Positive: I was surprised to see two of the Derby Girls out on the course. One was running the 10K and I tried to keep her in my sight as long as possible. The other one *smoked* by me in the 5K!
Negative: The course itself was BORING– a 4 lap loop around a local park. I’ve run it as a 5K and it wasn’t so bad, but by the 3rd lap, I was sick of seeing the same sights.
Positive: I *smashed* my previous 5K record by over 2 mins
Negative: I started out too fast and paid for it in the end (see above re: walk breaks)
Positive: I got much-needed race experience before the half-marathon (<3 weeks away…yikes!)
Negative: The race was really small and I never really “ran my own race.” Instead, I tried too hard to keep up with other runners (I did not want to come in last!)
Positive: This race made me realize how much I need a “race plan” for the half.
Negative: I’m not really sure what that plan should be. All through my training, I’ve been thinking I’d just run as far as I can before stopping. I’m now thinking maybe I should schedule in some walk breaks so they’re not so defeating if I take them at the end. When/where should I take them? I’m thinking maybe miles 6 and 10?
A few other random gripes:
I forgot my watch and my RunKeeper app crapped out on me again. IF I continue running after the half, I may need to upgrade or invest in a Garmin. But I don’t know how much more running I’m going to do.
At the end of the 2nd lap, another runner comes up behind me and says: “You can do it… We’re almost done” to which I replied: “No, honey, I’ve got two more laps to go.” She said: “Oh, 10K? Good for you. I’m impressed.” Not really sure what that means as I was starting to struggle by that point. Thanks for the motivation, lady!
After my 3rd lap, I was really struggling. The clock read 51:xx:xx. One of the volunteers tried to point me towards the finishing chute. Once again I had to say: “Sorry, I’m not done yet.” Ugh. Talk about motivation-killer!