|Me, Chris and Beth|
This was a wacky sock themed race for a local school's baseball team. I managed to locate what I thought were wacky socks. But, my tie-dyed socks ended up being ultra conservative. I've never seen so many wild and crazy socks! My goal was to rehearse my half marathon pacing, making sure to go out slowly for the first few miles. The course had a substantial hill that I would have to properly navigate twice, as the 10k was a double loop of the 5k. I wanted to practice my strategy for that as well.
My first mile was SLOW because I used it as my warm up mile. I did not warm up beforehand as I should have, after running out of time in the potty line! The 2nd through 5th miles were progressively faster but I did not average them, as a whole, any faster than my half marathon pace. I never truly "raced" until mile 6, where I kicked in at my normal 5k pace. I felt great the entire run. NO, it was definitely not my fastest 10k and therefore I didn't feel as if I was dying the whole time. I did what I set out to do. Mission Accomplished.
I now feel somewhat better about my upcoming half marathon (less than 2 weeks away). IF I can stay healthy, IF I can pace correctly, IF the weather is not brutal, IF I am well rested, IF I am well hydrated, IF I can fuel properly, IF I can keep the cramps at bay, IF-IF-IF...maybe just maybe... we'll see.
Does anyone else practice strategies at races and not really race them? I'd love to hear from you!
Also, don't forget the GIVEAWAY HOP. There is still time to enter and WIN!