Veterans Day 10K Recap

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.

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