So... this was my PR race last year (38:48) and the goal would be to beat it. It's no secret that I would LOVE to have PR sweep for 2010. I already have 5K, HM, and Marathon. Going into the race, I would aim for 6:17. Why, you ask? See, in my Masters of Reading Education brain, I thought that was the pace for my 10K PR. Ha!
The TP and I rode down and met up with a group of runners from the Mobile area, one really speedy girl that I have been friends with for a few years, Amy. I also got to meet the reining champ from last year (35:XX), a UT Track gal. There were also two new girls to the group that all seemed speedy. We did our warm-up and chit-chatted about life stuff. What's weird is that none of us talked about our goals for the race. I was dieing to know what the others planned on running, but was NOT about to say it. Here's the convo w/ TP before the race.
Me: Ugh, I really wanted Top 3
Him: Why won't you get it?
Me: All those fast girls
Him: Here we go.
Him: What is wrong with you? You are fast. You have no idea what those girls will run.
Me: You're right.
Him: Always (pat on the shoulder)
That sums up my usual self-doubt before races. So, 6:17 goal would be it. (When actually, my PR pace is 6:15- GRRRR, stupid, stupid, stupid!)
Mile 1: Reining Champ is gone, new Mobile gal is pretty far ahead of me, and the other two are somewhere behind 6:16
Mile 2: TP is right next to me. We have a friendly competition going, too, but he has been on/off the bench w/ ITB, so I didn't think he would last long. 6:17
Mile 3: The course makes a turn and this little side road is kind of rough. It is also the only descent/incline of the course. TP has fallen back. I usually lose it right here, so I really focused in on my pace. 6:15
Mile 4: I see my friend, Sandy's speedy BF in front of me and I'm wondering why he is running so slowly (for him). That little side road took it out of me. 6:19
Mile 5: I am starting to fade, and just embracing my non-PR, but close, race. Bringing it home, still 3rd female and not near 2nd, not near 4th. 6:19
Mile 6: Sandy's BF takes off and few guys catch up and start saying stuff like, "Come on." I start coughing from the cold. 6:20
0.22 @ 6:06 pace
Final 39:07, 3rd OA Female
And... that's a wrap! I really missed my buddies, Speedy Anna and Katie. The post-race party was pretty low key. It was too cold to be excited about anything. Haha. Up next is the Pensacola Half Marathon next Sunday!