Last week I ran a hilly, cross country 5K at the DC Multi Sport Expo with a 20:51 time which gave me confidence for today.
The race plan was to start out with the 7 min pace group and see how I felt midway. If I felt good, I'd try and drop them and if I felt bad, I'd try to stick with them till the end. Worst case scenario was that I'd be dropped but I knew that I could run 8 min miles while staying aerobic so the average would still be good.
|Nervous goofy grin prior to the start.. waiting in the port-a-potty line for the nth time that morning|
The strategy worked out really well. I stuck with the pace group for the first few miles and felt awesome, so decided to put in a small surge. Things went well for 3 or 4 miles but unfortunately around mile 7 my feet started feeling numb and I realized I might have laced my shoes too tight... doh!
|Showing some skin for the camera|
I didn't want to stop as I had double-knotted my laces and it would take a good 30-40 seconds for the adjustment. So I just gritted my teeth and ran through it. My mile 7-9 splits show a slight slowing down. Somehow I pulled a bit of energy from reserves for the last mile and finished with an average pace of 6:46 min/miles.Note my official results show an avg. pace of 6:51 and I noticed my garmin went to sleep somewhere for 0.05 miles, and I have no clue how, when or why.. but it doesn't matter, I am just really happy!
Having said that, it did hurt like hell but I realized the mind can easily play tricks on you and the body is quite capable of pushing the limits as long as the mind is willing. Today, I managed to will my mind to keep going when it wanted to stop.
Needless to say I am stoked!
|Exhausted but satisfied at the finish|
Still have things to work on, though, like my cadence... And oh, around mile 8.5 my HR chest strap ended up on my stomach and I couldn't be bothered to pull it up so the numbers are off... Although I wish I had a max HR of 253!
|Note to self: Next year start up front in corral|
|2012 Cherry Blossom 10 mile splits on my Garmin|