Saturday, April 27, 2013:
That was on the back of a young woman’s shirt in the Get In Gear 10k race today, and she was enjoying a lot of positive comment about it from other runners. I told her that I would make it my blog headline today.
The on-line statistics for this race are somewhat better than those of any race that I have been in before. It was electronically timed, of course, and had detection mats at the start, the four-mile point, and the finish. The results tell me that I ran a pace of 9:59 up to the 4-mile point, and 9:31 from there to the finish. Further, it tells me that in the first four miles I passed 461 people and was passed by 378, but in the last 2.2 miles I passed 182 and was passed by 36.
Together, these figures suggest that I didn't run fast enough in the first part of the race. Indeed, I was able to run the last half mile or so with no walking at all, and with even a bit of a sprint in the last 0.2. If I had run fast enough earlier, I would not have been able to do that, but might have finished sooner. By contrast, though, my breathing seemed rather fast today, one breath per three footfalls most times that I thought about it. This means that it was a race pace, although apparently not quite a maximum effort.
Whining: None. One guy jumped too close in front of me, inviting me to run right up his calves, but I managed to dodge him. Otherwise it was a wonderful experience, with perfect weather and a very well-organized race. My girls did fine too.
Splits: 10:07, 9:32, 9:59, 10:15, 9:34, 10:30, 0:59 (0.2 mi), total 1:00:56, pace 9:50 overall.
Thursday, April 25:
Thirty minutes on the paved trails in the park. How nice to be outdoors again.
Wednesday, April 24:
Three miles in the Woodbury YMCA. I’ve lost track of the total time, but I recall that the final mile took 8:50. No pains or problems.