I realized this morning that I haven’t run six miles without stopping in over a decade.
Not just six miles nonstop in a race… six miles nonstop at all.
The fifth overall race of the 30@30 campaign was a surprising success.
The South Lakes 10K – at the former high school of running legend Alan Webb – was another awesome Potomac River Running event. It is so nice to show up to an event that is so expertly coordinated and still feels friendly and low-key.
Four goals heading into the event:
1) Don’t get injured. (✓)
2) Try to keep an even pace – of about 8:30-8:40/mile. (X)
3) Try to negative split the second 5K. (✓)
4) Don’t vomit afterwards. (✓)
I started off with what felt like an 8:45 pace – only to discover one mile in that I had run just over 8/mile pace. Surprised and feeling great, I decided to keep at it and got progressively faster every mile. I wound up negative-splitting every mile, despite the rolling hills, and finished with an average pace of 7:45/mile for a total time of 48:16.
Check out the splits here:
So I clearly still have no concept of how fast I’m moving, especially in a race setting. Needs work but I’ll take it!
This was also the first race that I ran with music, bumping The Hood Internet – Mixtape Volume 7, with some new bluetooth headphones.
Racing with tunes was great and the new headphones – much less expensive than my previous pair which recently died – were great. Under $40 – highly recommend.
It was also interesting how much I enjoyed running on a completely unknown course. Without knowing what to expect around each bend, I just focused on getting to the next turn and didn’t have a chance to overthink my pacing or tactics. It was liberating.
I finished 56th out of 361 overall (43rd/men & 6th in age group) and felt great.
My dad was there to cheer me on and snap a photo:
Now it’s time for an ice bath/sneaking into the hot tub at the Westin down the street. Next race up is a Labor Day 5K.