To make sure I went out slow in the beginning, I ran 8 miles easy on Saturday morning – knowing I would not have fresh legs would make me respect the distance and keep my speed honest.
(I also drank two glasses of Stags Leap Petite Syrah Saturday night. With tired legs and tannins in my sweat, no way I’d try to blow a gasket during the race Sunday.)
As you can see from the first graphic, I had a negative split. I ran the first half in 22:26 (a 7:07 min/mile pace) and the second half in 21:36 (6:53 pace). The first half had all the Crazy. Friggin. Hills. (See Chart No. 2 below – that’s just ridiculous).
I was starting to get a little tired around Mile 4 and at about the 4.5-mile mark, as we made the turn on Cesar Chavez, I stopped for a 15 second water break. I. Had. Had. Enough.
This is the elevation for the Cap 10K. If you went out too fast, the hills in the beginning would. Kill. You.
But I picked it up and sucked it up and had enough in the tank to sprint the last quarter-mile. (Look at that pace will ya, 5:38 min/mile).
Though my Garmin measured the course long and gave me an average split pace of 6:59 min/mile pace, the official race website put my pace at 7:05 min/mile. Hey, that’s really nothing to quibble about. The last time I ran this race, in 2010 , I popped a personal best 41:47 (6:44 pace) – so I’ve got a lot of work to do to get back in That. Kind. Of. Shape.
Maybe its time to start training for that next marathon.