Monday, June 02, 2014

Race #7: Run! Ballantyne 10k

I wasn't sure how this race would go. I haven't done a 10k race since last November at the James Island Connector (when I was pacing one of my friends in her first 10k) and my fastest 10k was in April 2012 when I almost broke an hour (1:00:30), so I really didn't know what to expect. I didn't do any running between my marathon and this race and only played soccer 3 times. This either meant I would be very rested or completely unprepared. My goal was to run 4 and walk 1 which I thought might be a bit of a stretch since I've been training at 2:1 intervals for the last 6 months or so, but I decided I would just go with the flow and see how I felt.

I was happily surprised at how good I felt as I began running and just kept running. In the back of my head, I wanted to break an hour since I've gotten so close, but I didn't want to put too much on that goal and end up disappointed. Of course, I forgot to get my Garmin started early enough, so the race started without my watch starting. My official time was 58:24 and my Garmin hit 6.2 right after I crossed the finish line (57:37 on my Garmin), so I'm guessing I missed a couple tenths of a mile at the beginning. Below is my best guess at splits:

  • Mile 1 - 9:25
  • Mile 2 - 9:21
  • Mile 3 - 9:32
  • Mile 4 - 9:41
  • Mile 5 - 9:23
  • Mile 6 - 9:30
  • Last .2 - 7:40
It was fun to try this distance again and I might have to add another one this year to see if I can get any faster if I actually train for this distance. 

What's your training plan for a 10k? 


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