A really tough run. I never felt very good from start to finish. It was like I was struggling the whole way. It was cold (35 degrees) and a bit windy and LOTS of hills. I just kept trying to hit my splits even though I felt bad (thank you Garmin). I saw the front leaders pass on their return and they were about 3-4 miles ahead of me. Of course, I counted off the women 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7…. I was 8th at the 8 mile mark then I passed a few and a few passed me. I passed one woman and she drafted right behind me for about 50 yards and I got tired of hearing the panting (makes me nervous) so sprinted briefly to leave her behind. She didn’t keep up. At about 9 miles I was so beat but then finally remembered to ingest my GOO and that helped a little.
The last 1/2 mile was a really long hill and I gasped my way up. Into last stretch (50 yards) there was a guy that I sprinted madly to pass at the last second, until he saw me and put on his own surge. He looked genuinely annoyed when he turned around in the finish chute and said “Hey, you can’t do that right at the end!” hehehe. But he still beat me.
I didn’t expect to get any prize but they must call >40 year olds “masters”. I was sitting there eating my post race pancakes when they handed out the plaques and I was surprised to get one. Here’s the link to the official results: http://www.orrc.net/results/y2k20k05.htm
Now that I analyze my performance, I’m glad I did “between 8:05 and 8:10” as planned, but I wonder why I felt so beat going into the race and why I wasn’t able to go faster. My last 10K that we based the goal pace on was way back in August. Shouldn’t I be improving more than that in the last 5 months? Especially after all the speed work. Then again, maybe it was just one of those days and maybe I don’t give enough credit to the hills…there were well over a dozen of them…just kept rolling up and down the whole way.
I feel great today! We’ve hit a cold streak of weather (for here) and I hope we don’t get much ice over the next week, because the treadmill really bugs me. My run this evening was one of the best I’ve had in a while.