Monday, December 26, 2011

Home for the Holidays Virtual 10K Race Report

Today was my day for the Home for the Holidays Virtual 10K.  In my mind, I was going to run fast and I was going to have a good race even though I didn't have anyone to compete against (in person). This is my first 10K! I've run a Quarter Marathon which is close (6.55miles), but I've never raced a 10K! However, I didn't really do anything to ensure that I could have a good run. Looking back, I should have run my 10K on Friday, but I kept telling myself the day after Christmas would be a great day to run it. Well, I didn't eat or drink properly all weekend, and I certainly didn't get enough sleep.

The weather was beautiful this morning, it was about 35*F and sunny. I had my coffee and half of a Honey Stinger Waffle (great pre-run fuel!), and set off for my race. Since I wasn't traveling for the race, I didn't follow any of my pre-race ritual. Probably part of my problem today.

I set out for a one mile warm-up, to be followed by my 10K race. About halfway through the warm-up mile, I knew I wouldn't be "racing" today. My legs felt heavy and I just couldn't seem to get into a groove. My feet hurt and I had convinced myself that my shoes were probably about to rotated out. Funny, how eventually I had no more feet issues! I kept running, hoping that I would start feeling better. Around mile 3, I made a deal with myself to just get to 4miles and I could go home. Well, I got to 3.5miles and actually started feeling good. Seriously?!? a 3.5 mile warm-up today? At that point, I figured since I was feeling good, I would keep going and finish my "race". Not the time/pace that I had intended for today, but looking at the numbers, it still looks decent. One of my initial thoughts when I signed up for the Virtual 10K was to use the time for my Ragnar registration time. Nope, still need to run a 10K (anyone want to join me?!)

Looking at the splits from my 10K, I am actually very surprised and pleased. Even though I didn't run the time I thought I would, and had a tough start, I still managed to have a progressive run. Lessons learned for next time I do a virtual race or time trial, be sure to follow race day ritual!

Distance:6.21 mi
Time:58:48 h:m:s
Elevation Gain:48 ft
Avg Speed:6.3 mph

Avg Pace

All in all, it was a good run on a beautiful day!


  1. Nice job. Way to get faster on your run!

  2. Great splits!! Ahhhh Ragnar, don't worry about the time for your registration, it's not that important, especially leg 2 at 3:30 in the morning! You'll be fine!

  3. Way to not give up!!! Thanks for participating. How r those waffles btw


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