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Saturday, March 6, 2010

Local 10K race wrap-up



Ran a local 10K race today.

My Hal Higdon training plan called for a 5K time-trial last weekend and an 8K next weekend.. well this race fell between the two so I decided to split the difference and run a 10K on this weekend. This race ran along the same streets that I train on everyday and I always enjoy putting these roads to a test. The course was fairly flat .. two hills.. one around 3.5 mile area and one at 5 miles.. again I played it smart on the hills and maintained the same effort as I did on the flats.. based on the splits.. that worked.

I had a race partner today.. Drew  and I ran together for about the first 3.5 miles. At that time we separated just a little.. one of my goals is to try to run consistent mile splits... Drew slowed just a little.. but I knew he was running stronger on the hills than I was today so I had to put some space between us.. because at mile 5 there was a long hill.. he did close the gap on me up the hill.. but that followed a downhill and final 1/2 flat straight road to the finish. Sorry Drew... It is the competitive nature that I have ...

Mile splits:
7:01; 6:58; 7:05; 7:08; 7:03; 7:06; 7:00;
Finish time was 44:00; 3rd in 45-48 age grp.. good group of age class runners today.

I am very happy with my mile splits.. don't we all want to start off "slow " so that we don't burn out in the first few miles.. mission accomplished.. there is only a 10 second difference between my fastest and slowest mile split.. that I LIKE!

I don't think there have been to many times that I have run a local in-town race were I finished 3rd in my age group. Well.. I am laying the ground for 2011.. and this was a good run for that.  Come on 50th birthday!!

20 days until Azalea Trail 10K... Got to have sub 7:00 miles for that race!!

5 comments:

  1. Still can't get over how fast you ran that. You would totally smoke me in a race, hehe.

    Ted

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  2. well.. not fast enough to compete with those two guys that finished ahead of me today.. but that will change.. just let them try that next year!! Working for the long haul!

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  3. Looking forward to seeing just how fast you can get in the coming year. I'm not counting on keeping up, though I keep surprising myself. :)

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  4. Very impressive.. and thanks for keeping me motivated :-)

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