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!
|Elevation Gain:||48 ft|
|Avg Speed:||6.3 mph|
All in all, it was a good run on a beautiful day!