My 2nd 10k race
Can I just say that I have fallen in love with racing? I’m never going to win anything (except a finisher medal), and pretty soon I won’t be able to PR each time (easier if you only have run 3 races at 2 distances), but… for now, I am in love.
I ran another 10k this month. The weather was perfect, the runners were festive (I didn’t have anything festive, unfortunately) and it went really well. I was around 8 minutes faster than my first 10k (which admittedly was a pretty bad day/race for me) and exceeded both my goal and my expectations!
I ran negative splits pretty much the whole race. I hold too much back in the beginning. I’m afraid of crashing and unsure what my “race pace” really is. Like a good personal finance blogger, I save a little during the first few miles and don’t really push it until the race is 2/3’s over. This isn’t to say I’m not THRILLED with my time and my improvement (I am!), but I’m learning what I really am capable of. And I’ve been underestimating myself! What a great lesson to learn!
I ran negative splits during my half marathon too, with my final mile being faster than my first by nearly 3 minutes/mile! (The rest weren’t so drastic and that mile did have a nice downhill on it.)
Anyway, it was a great race, and I’m thrilled! I’m looking forward to trying to beat my PR sometime in 2011. And maybe run my first 5k (automatic PR!) since I totally skipped that distance!
Marathon training starts really really soon, but I did sign up for a trail run early next year. Have any of you done any trail runs? Do I really need to get trail runners, or will my regular shoes do?