7:30: Woke up and ate a bowl of overnight oats (made with 1/2 c. of oats, 1T PB, 1/2 c. almond milk, 1/2 banana, splash of maple syrup and cinnamon) plus one cup of coffee.
9:15: Headed out the door for a three mile jog before the race.
9:40: Got in line for the port-a-potty. Mistake #1
9:49: Got out of line for the port-a-potty while there were still 10 people in front of me.
9:50: Squeezed into the yellow corral just as it was being closed. The corrals close 10 minutes before the start of all regular NYRR races. If you miss the cut off you’re sent to the very back of the pack.
9:52: Herded into my corral like a herd of sheep. It was freaking packed in there. There was only room at the back. Mistake #2
9:59: Doubts started to cloud my thoughts. It was way too crowded and I was way too far back to PR. Mistake #3
10:00: The gun goes off.
10:05: I stop at the first port-a-john I see. Right decision #1
Stopping for the bathroom break meant having to navigate through even more runners. I was torn between using up energy to get past them and just settling in at their pace. I settled for a little of both. My mind was still playing games with me about how hard to run.
I never really felt like I feel into a pace. I also didn’t commit to running hard from the beginning. I did however talk myself into running hard as the race progressed.
The middle miles of any race are always the hardest for me. I really slowed down during mile 4.
That’s when I decided to tap into my running mantra, which actually helped me keep a better pace after struggling through the middle miles.
Stats According to Pacey:
Distance: 6.35 Miles
Pace: 7:28 (including the bathroom stop)
- Mile 1: 7:41
- Mile 2: 7:15
- Mile 3: 7:24
- Mile 4 7:46
- Mile 5 7:21
- Mile 6 7:28
- Last .35 2:23
Stats according to the D-tag and the NYRR:
Distance: 6.1 miles
My adult PR for a 10K is 48:05. Initially, I was disappointed. But thinking back I realize that this is a great time considering it’s my first 10k in 6 years and it’s the beginning of the running season.
It can only get better from here!