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Sunday, November 16, 2008

Old Reliable 10K Race Report

I am sooooo glad to be done with these long races. I don't know what I was thinking when I signed up for this one -- just two weeks after my half marathon, which was two weeks after my 10K in New Bern. Unlike some people I know, I'm not a well seasoned oft-run-races least not with these lengths and with my recent 'push-myself-further-than-before'.

The weather was perfect for the run. Tim was running it too and his plan was to run together for a mile or two. Haha, I thought. His goal pace was a good 30+ seconds faster than my coach's goal for me, which wasn't my goal for myself. My goal was to beat my Old Reliable PR, set in 2004 at 58:18.

My warm-up went well. But once the race started (a good 20 minutes after it was intended to start due to moving the timing mats...?), I could feel that my legs were not keeping up with Tim, who was going about an 8:30 pace. I made sure he knew I was fine and kept a brisk pace.

There is nothing bad that went with my run today. It all actually went very, very well. My legs were not in pain, although they were heavy and sluggish. The weather was perfect and I enjoyed the run other than I didn't feel like pushing myself too hard. Just running it was 'hard' enough.

So mentally, I wasn't in game mode. But I enjoyed being able to say hello to the volunteers and having a couple of very cute, young guys talk to me :-). I think I was nice back.

I did notice that NOT being in the front of the pack allows you to run with the talkers, especially those who are the "running experts". Full of running knowledge of the do's and don'ts...but here they are, running alongside me, in the back of the pack...hmmmmm....

Tim did well, which I was very happy about. I enjoyed seeing him at the finish, waiting for me with a big hug. It was all worth it for that...and not sitting on the couch on this beautiful day.

Oh, I forgot: my watch results had me run 55:xx (I don't have my watch on me as I write this) which was close to three minutes faster than my results here in 2004. So despite not wanting to run this race, I did make my goal.

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