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


Split
Time
Distance
Avg Pace
Summary58:47.96.219:28
19:48.81.009:49
29:46.61.009:47
39:40.71.009:41
49:31.81.009:32
59:16.61.009:17
68:57.51.008:57
71:46.00.218:32


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

4 comments:

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

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  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!

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

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