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Race Report: Turkey Day 10K

Posted Nov 29 2011 10:37am
First, without delay, I want to share I PR'd this race!  I am so thrilled.

I had not been feeling all that great the week leading up to the race... I had a string of nights where I just completely crashed and felt fatigued and lethargic -- similar to how I felt before I started the new Thyroid meds.

Really my plan was to just practice my half marathon plan for this race.  Instead, things worked out differently after I started.  Go figure.

First, I couldn't get my heart rate down.  It wasn't for not trying -- it just wasn't happening.  I gave up before mile 1 was done, went with it and ran by feel.  I decided I was going to try to run sub 13 minutes.  I would run mile-to-mile, and take a short walk break each mile.  So, if I finished mile 1 in 12:45, then I walked 15 seconds or less.  If I finished in 12:20, then I'd walk just under 40 seconds.

By the time I got to the 5K mark I was pretty much beside myself, realizing all my miles were well under 13, even with the short walks.  My 5K PR is something like 39 minutes and I knew I was at about 38 -- surely I would tank!  My heart rate was just too high; I was pretty much just waiting to bonk.

Mile 4.  Still waiting...  no bonk yet.

Mile 5.  Just like having (2) 1 mile repeats left.  "I got this."  Feeling good because I'm actually passing some folks at the end. Really?  Yes!

I finished in 1:16 for a 12:18 pace. Needless to say I was thrilled. :)

I crushed 13 minute miles AND got faster at the end!

Mile 1: 12:11
Mile 2: 12:41
Mile 3: 12:33
Mile 4: 12:32
Mile 5: 12:20
Mile 6: 12:03
.19 Mile  12:01


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