On Sunday morning, Ben and I woke up very early to run the Veterans Day 10K in D.C.
You may remember that this was the run a bunch of us did last year and what started my running hobby. This year, it was just Ben, Christen and me – and it was Ben’s first run.
I didn’t know what to expect from this year’s race. I wanted to beat last year’s time, although I wasn’t entirely sure I would. Ben and I talked about running together for the first half and then he would run ahead for the second while I did intervals of running/walking. I also I decided to set up A/B/C goals for myself.
GOAL A – 1 hour and 10 minutes
GOAL B – 1 hour and 15 minutes (aka, beating my time from last year)
GOAL C – 1 hour and 20 minutes (I needed something that I knew I could beat).
Race day started with a piece of toast with cinnamon peanut butter and half a cup of coffee. Christen and Kevin picked us up and, luckily, we didn’t get lost this year.
Once race started, the three of us stayed together. About half a mile in, my ankle started to hurt. I thought I was in for a long, painful run, but I just kept going and tried not to think about it.
Before I knew it, the pain in my ankle was gone and I was feeling great. Then my Runkeeper chimed in “You’re current pace is 9:50.” You’ve got to be kidding me. 9:50 shouldn’t feel this easy. I chalked it up to faulty gps satellites and kept going.
As we approached the 5K mark, both Christen and Ben dropped off behind me. I checked my time: 35 minutes. Right then I knew that I was going to be able to do the 10K in 1 hour and 10 minutes. I just had to keep my pace for the second half. Since I didn’t really feel the need to walk, I decided to keep running until I felt like I needed a walking break.
My Runkeeper chimed in again: “You’re current pace is 9:50.” I was shocked and I realized I could even beat the 1 hour and 10 minute goal. I decided that walking was not an option and just kept running. Mile four felt fantastic and I just picked people off one by one. As I hit mile five, I started to slow down. But walking was not an option.
Before I knew it, I was turning the corner back on to the home stretch. The last .2 miles was tough, but I just kept thinking “run. run. run. run.” As I came into the last 10 yards, I sprinted with everything I had left.
Final Time: 1:06:42
PERSONAL RECORD! I shaved 8 minutes off my time from last year and beat my A goal. It felt amazing. It was great to see my training pay off. I was so proud that I never stopped to walk and my average pace was fasted than I expected.
Splits ended up looking like this:
- 10:43 – Mile 1
- 10:49 – Mile 2
- 10:42 – Mile 3
- 10:21 – Mile 4
- 10:19 – Mile 5
- 10:28 – Mile 6
- 9:52 (pace) – .2 miles
Its amazing that I felt like I was going so slow during mile 6, but it was actually faster than any of my first 3 miles.
I decided to walk back to the finish line to try and cheer on Ben and Christen. But as I turned around, Ben was right behind me! He finished in just over 1 hour and 7 minutes. I was so proud of him. He wasn’t sure what to expect from his first race, but he paced himself, gave his all, and did fantastic.
Overall, I was so so happy with the way the race went. It felt amazing to crush my goals. Next up – a 15K in 3 weeks.