Last Saturday I ran in a local 10k.
I was really looking forward to it. Local races are fun because you get to run on familiar routes and you can still get back home early enough in the day to still “have a day” if that makes any sense.
Plus you get to see running friends! My faithful 5 am running partner couldn’t make the 6.2 mile race because she was too busy running 21 miles.
I have been working on doing some more technical run training since I’ve come back from baby back in January. He turns a year old in about a month, so I guess it’s time to quit saying “post baby”. Enough time has passed now, that I am no longer in “recovery” mode. So, really what that means is No Excuses. haha
Anyway, my goal for the 10k was to match my time from the Toad Suck 10k back in May. The goal would’ve been to beat the Toad Suck time, but the Toad Suck 10k came up short in it’s distance and I knew that the Breakaway 10k was long. So, trying to match the time was the most realistic goal to set. Toad Suck was 6.1 miles and Breakaway was 6.3 miles.
I had to go to the race by myself because we had a CRAZY BUSY weekend and were scrambling trying to fit it all in. So I got up early and headed out for the race alone. I always love it when my family gets to come though becasue I get to see them at the finish line. But overall, I felt pretty good when I got there and was ready to run.
I did a couple of warm up miles with some running friends and the temperature was PERFECT. I felt pretty confident that I could meet my goal.
The Toad Suck time was 44:34 with an average of 7:11 per mile.
I looked up several 10k racing strategies earlier in the week for the race and several notable websites said to run your first 2 miles 10-15 seconds SLOWER than your goal pace and then to negative split the last 4 miles.
I was a little unsure about this plan, so I asked a couple of my runner friends who were more advanced than me who have great finishing times. They said that they start out with their goal pace and just try to hold it and then kick it in the last 2 miles.
That plan sounded much better to me. So that’ what I tried to do.
BUT— I started out too fast. I guess.
My goal pace was to be around a 7 minute mile. Really, I was wanting under a 7 min mile pace, but I knew that I wasn’t really trained or prepared for that. So, a 7 min/mile pace was the goal.
My first mile was 6:46 and my second mile was 7:03. Great! I was right on track.
But from there my times were a positive split. BOO!
In the running world, the best races are ran with a negative split, meaning that each mile is faster than the last. That is the goal!
I did the exact OPPOSITE. Pretty much a positive split with each mile is the worst thing you can do when trying to crush a time goal.
Mile 1- 6:46
Mile 2- 7:03
Mile 3- 7:13
Mile 4- 7:21
Mile 5- 7:34
Mile 6 – 7:39
.3 miles- 7:38 pace
1ok Total Time: 45 minutes 10 seconds
10k Average Pace: 7:18/mile
I started out fast because I honestly thought that I could hold that pace. But, I couldn’t and that’s OKAY. It gives me a good idea of where I am and what I need to work on to hit my goals.
A 10k is supposed to be on 6.2 miles and this one finished up 6.3 miles. That last tenth of a mile makes a huge difference when trying to meet a time goal. Even if this race was 6.2 miles, I still wouldn’t have hit my goal of 44 minutes. But, I would’ve been closer for sure.
But, overall I’m still happy with a 7:18 average pace time and finishing around 45 minutes. I ended up finishing 6th overall female and first in my age group. I am currently running in the 30-34 age group. But the TOUGH age group is the 35-39. There are some FAST ladies in that age group!
10k Goal- 44 minutes
1ok Training Goal- NEGATIVE SPLIT on my speed days
Next 10k—- November 18th, the Spa Running Festival in Hot Springs.