My training leading up to the race was going perfectly! I did an 8 mile cut-down at 5:49 avg pace the week before the race and had a great cross country style 800 workout that also helped to build my confidence. My goal going in to the race was sub 57:00 or a 5:42 avg pace. I was pretty confident that this time I would finally nail the 10 mile distance. I was even thinking 5:40 pace would be within my reach on a good day.
I ended up in 57:56. A PR by 20 seconds, but definitely not good enough or up to par on what my workouts would indicate I could run. I started out cautious, and I think I ended up running the entire race too cautiously.
In talking to Kevin today, we are going to keep working on the 10mile/13.1 distances. I need to gain confidence in my ability to race hard and feel pain. I also need to work on not falling asleep during those middle miles. So moving forward, I have a plan on things I would like to improve on and how I am going to get there. I am excited to get back in to training after my 5 day break.
Although the race did not turn out as well as I had hoped, it was awesome because my Mom, Dad, Sister, and 2 of my training partners from Arizona- JT and Ricardo- were also there. It was a fun weekend of racing and I can’t wait for the next one!
To achieve anything requires faith and belief in yourself, vision, hard work, determination, and dedication. -Gail Devers (track & field)