It's been 11 years since I last did a 10K race! 8th grade was the last time, I think. There aren't as many 10Ks, and when there are, I can't make it, or there are Halfs, etc. Looked up the McMillan calculator to see what I could expect. I had a fairly light week, so my legs should've been fairly fresh. Based on past 5K-HM times, I could expect 43:11 under ideal conditions. It would be a bit warmer than that, though, and it turned out to be moderately hilly.
Just went by feel. 5K race pace is 6:41, and ideally, this would be 6:56, so just go a bit slower than 5K pace. We started off at 7:30am. The Olympics had been going on for a week. I wore my USATF 2004 Olympics kit to mark the occassion. That was a big reason for my decision to run this race - to have fun and pretend to be racing in the Olympics, haha.
In the first 0.2 mi, there were 3 girls leading. One was wearing light green, one was wearing red and white, and one was me. I was tempted to say "you're Brazil, and you're Canada", but I contained myself. I got a few "Go USA"s and the like, which was fun.
Hills started in the latter parts of the first mile. Practiced my arm form - relaxing during downhills, in preparation for the energy conservation techniques I'd need during the marathon.
There were 3 water stops, which was nice. It was a smaller race compared to the bigger ones in town. The signage could've been better at a couple of turns, but nothing too serious. Sun came out in mile 4. It had been cloudy and threatening to rain before. Cloudy is perfect. Mile markers were probably a bit off (first long, last short), but they could still be used to reset my watch everytime so that I could estimate how far I had gone between the splits, based on the elapsed time.
Finished first for the women in 45:54. Considering the warmth and the hills, not bad!
(Photo credits: Pace Magazine - Greenville's pure Running Mag)
No prizes, so it was truly a fun run / awareness run. Had fun, raised awareness, check, check.
I still had 10 miles to do on my training schedule, so it was a double!!!
After eating and napping, my legs still felt stiff, but while packing for the next day's trip, my legs loosened up, and I headed out to the park. 9.7 in 1:28:18, 9:05 ave. Fairly consistent pacing. Practiced using my glutes to power the run. It was great!!! Took a load off of other muscles. A Running Times article that I had seen but not read yet had mentioned people underutilizing glutes. It'll be a technique to use in the future.
First week of marathon training - done.