This was the first race in a while that Daniel did not run with me, but he drove me to the race and agreed to be an awesome spectator and take pictures of me. I got to the race site to pick up my packet an hour before the race. This was plenty of time…maybe too much time, but luckily we got to chill inside the convention center until the race began. I did a 5 minute warm-up plus some strides outside as the race got closer. I made sure to stretch really well. The mantra in my head was 9:20, which would be the perfect pace to be right under 58 minutes.
The last 2 miles were downhill since this was a repeat of the first two miles in reverse. There were 2 girls in front of me that I was determined to pass before the finish and I eventually did. The finish was a little crowded because the 5k participants were finishing in the same area. I knew I was well under my goal of 58 minutes. My official time came in at 55:34. I demolished my previous PR!
Overall, I felt really strong in this race. My endurance training has definitely been paying off. In 2 short months, I improved my 10k time by almost 3 minutes! That’s amazing! This is the last event I’m competing in before my half marathon on April 14, but I feel ready. This will be my first half that I will actually be able to run without having to run/walk. It will be the most well trained I’ve been for that distance. I can’t wait!
Did anyone else race this weekend?