Sunday, October 17, 2010

Perfect 10 Miler – August 15, 2010

Perfect 10 Miler – August 15, 2010

This race is becoming a tradition. 4th time for me, 2nd for Liz.

The weather was hot and humid, but it was overcast. I knew I could not beat last year’s time of 1:08:51, but was determined to do my best, even though I know I am not in as good shape as last year (last year I was 159 lbs, this year 167 lbs, just one factor).

My mile splits (first 4 miles are rather flat):

Mile 1: 6:43
Mile 2: 6:50
Mile 3: 6:44
Mile 4: 6:56
Mile 5: 7:05 (uphill)
Mile 6: 7:14 (uphill)
Mile 7: 6:50 (downhill)

Up to mile 7 I was doing well. I was actually ahead of Michele (a friend who is much better runner) at this point. But the last 3 miles were a torture. I slowed down, passed by about 10 runners (including Michele) and struggled to finish. This is reflected by my mile splits in the last three miles:

Mile 8: 7:08
Mile 9: 7:20
Mile 10: 7:12

My final time was 1:09:34. I finished 43/621 overall and 4/30 in my age group. That's not too bad overall, but it would be nice if I could keep up a 7 min/mile pace for the last 3 miles.

Liz improved her time from last year by 2 minutes. Her final time is 1:34:15 and finished 12/25 in her age group (a bit surprising, last year she was 4th in her age group with a slower time)

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